The historic town of Leek hugs the southern border of the Peak District National Park. Traditional markets and Victorian architecture are at the heart of the town, with the River Churnet flowing through, rugged countryside and the wonderful rock formations of The Roaches are on the doorstep.
Discover antique shops and independent retailers housed in former Victorian silk mills, an unspoilt shopping centre where you’ll find great local produce. General outdoor markets for handicrafts and furniture are great fun for the bargain hunters, with regular indoor and farmers'' markets providing the best of local produce and collectors'' goods. The beautifully restored Butter Market dates back to 19th Century and provides an authentic market experience.
Historical figure and founder of the Arts and Craft Movement William Morris lived and worked in Leek in the late 1800s, and a legacy of interiors and furniture trade remains. Art galleries that boast both traditional and contemporary works are scattered about the town and the Leek Arts Festival is held in May and growing every year.
There is a lot to do in the surrounding areas too, with the nearby Rudyard Lake Steam Railway still chugging through the countryside. Walk, cycle or pony trek through the rugged Peak District or visit one of the many tranquil gardens like the award winning Trentham Estate. The epic theme parks of Alton Towers and Drayton Manor are close by, with Peak Pursuits catering for the adrenaline junkies with kayaking, mountain biking and climbing in the region.
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