Out and About Around Leek

A small selection of the many walks which Leek Ramblers often do are listed below but if you wish to venture out on your own, you will find the paths in the OS Map 24 covering the White Peak District or by obtaining one of the many leaflets produced by the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council - available from Tourist Information Centres or local bookshops.  Or, look at Ramblers Routes website where there are a variety of published walks. 

Park at Vicarage Road Car Park, Leek -

  • Around Brough Park - this has many interesting paths through woodland, formal gardens and down into Brough Fields - information boards are sited in the park.
  • Through Brough Park and head for Tittesworth Reservoir - various circular routes can be taken.
  • Through Brough Park and head for Rudyard Lake via the disused railway track and also follow the feeder of the Caldon Canal.
  • Head off through the town to Ladderedge Country Park - a climb out of the park gives picturesque views of Leek - then follow the Leek Branch of the Caldon Canal back into Leek.
  • Not familiar with Leek, why not take a walk around this interesting Victorian Market Town - obtain a leaflet on a self led walk from the Tourist Information Centre.

A little bit further afield but only a short car or bus journey -

  • The Roaches, Ramshaw Rocks and Hen Cloud - an outcrop of gritstone rocks just north of Leek and in the Peak District National Park - there are numerous walks around here, some a bit challenging but others more leisurely.
  • Deep Hayes Country Park - woodlands and ponds and close to the canal. 
  • Coombes Valley RSPB - lovely undulating woodland walks and of course an ideal place for bird watchers.
  • Cheddleton and the Churnet Valley - there is a preserved railway for rail enthusiasts and walks by the canal leading down to Consal Country Park and Froghall Basin.
  • Consal Country Park - several level and undulating walks through woodland, around ponds with paths leading to the canal.  
  • The Manifold Valley - a former light guage railway and now an 8.5 mile track from the village of Waterhouses through to Hulme End.  There are various walks that traverse the track on either side into the villages of Grindon, Warslow, Butterton and Wetton.
  • The Potteries (Stoke on Trent) - walk along the Caldon Canal from Leek


We enjoy easy access to a regional long distance footpath spanning the whole of the County of Staffordshire.  The Staffordshire Way, 92 miles in length, passes through Leek on its way between Rushton and Kingsley,and there are several circular walks centred on the Way to be explored.  Full details on this footpath can be obtained from Staffordshire County Council website.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018