Discover why Leek is the Queen of the Moorlands
The Staffordshire town of Leek is ideally located to explore the surrounding Peak District. Because of this proximity to the stunning nature, it’s been dubbed The Queen of the Moorlands. Head to the RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve for some bird spotting, or visit Tittesworth Reservoir, which has an excellent restaurant with views across the water.
Discover Leek’s heritage
Leek was traditionally a textile town and many of the buildings and architecture from that era remain standing. The Nicholson Institute Museum is the best place to learn about the town’s history and view some of the famous Leek Embroideries. You could also visit the Brindley Mill and James Brindley Museum, an 18th Century corn mill that also celebrates James Brindley’s work creating the country’s canal system. The building itself dates from 1752.
Take a trip on a traditional train
A great way to explore the surrounding countryside is on one of its two traditional trains. The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway runs around Rudyard Lake using coal fired steam engines. Meanwhile, the Churnet Valley Railway transports you back through time on this rural line through Staffordshire's ‘Little Switzerland’. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Leek? The Travelodge Newcastle-Under-Lyme Central Hotel is a short drive from Leek, while the Travelodge Ashbourne Hotel is best placed for the Peak District.