GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Walk around Leek

13 miles (20.5 km)

This town in the Staffordshire Peak District has lots of good options for walkers. There's a canal, reservoirs, parks, hill climbs and a number of good waymarked trails to try.
This circular walk visits some of the highlights of the area including the Caldon Canal, the River Churnet, Ladderedge Country Park and Tittesworth Reservoir. The route makes use of the waymarked Staffordshire Moorlands Walks for the duration and includes some woodland sections and moderate hill climbs.
The walk starts in Leek on the Caldon Canal in Barnfields, just to the south of the town centre. There is a public car park and an aqueduct here. You can pick up the waymarked trail and follow it west to Ladderedge Park. There's 70 acres of wetland, meadows and woodlands with lovely views over the Churnet Valley here.
After exploring the park the route bends round to the north, passing through woodland running along the River Churnet.
The route then bends round to the east passing Bridge End, Abbey Green and Abbey Wood before coming to Tittesworth Reservoir. The attractive reservoir includes a cafe, an interactive exhibition, and picnic areas where you could stop for refreshments.
Follow the trail right round the reservoir and it will lead you past Meerbrook and Blackshaw Moor before coming to Haregate on the outskirts of Leek.
The trail then heads along Mount Road to Lowe Hill before turning west through Ballington Wood and returning to the canal.
Near to the end of Tittesworth you will find one of the best walks in the Peak District at The Roaches. It runs along an elevated rocky ridge, with fascinating rock formations and wonderful views of the surrounding countrsyide and the reservoir below. Near here there's also the climb to Hen Cloud where there are more great views.

Leek OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Leek Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Leek

Pubs/Cafes

The popular Blue Mugge in Leek is a nice place to go for some refreshments. It's a well priced traditional pub with good food and a decent selection of beers. There's also a small outdoor area partly undercover. You can find the pub on 17 Osborne St with a postcode of ST13 6LJ for your sat navs.
Also of interest is the noteworthy Roebuck. Steeped in character and charm this historic pub dates from 1626. It's dog friendly and has a lovely outdoor seating area for warmer days. You can find it at 18 Derby Street with postcode ST13 5AB.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles south of the town you'll find the delightful Coombes Valley RSPB Nature Reserve. There's some lovely trails here through oak woodland and along the pretty Coombes Brook which runs through the reserve. There's also bird hides where you can look out for a variety of different species. The waymarked Staffordshire Moorlands Walk can be followed to the site from the town.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.

Photos

Horse Bridge on the Leek Arm of the Caldon Canal - geograph.org.uk - 438192

Horse Bridge on the Leek Arm of the Caldon Canal

Footbridge in Ladderedge Country park - geograph.org.uk - 452278

Footbridge in Ladderedge Country park

Railway bridge over River Churnet, Leek, North Staffs. - geograph.org.uk - 64874

Railway bridge over River Churnet, Leek, North Staffs. North of Leek a path follows the trackbed of the disused North Staffs Railway for five miles as far as the River Dane. This is the bridge over the River Churnet outside Leek.

Abbey Green

Abbey Green, a short distance north of Leek. Looking south along the village.

Tittesworth Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 672

Tittesworth Reservoir. North of Leek just off the A53 is a reservoir that provides water for the population of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas

Leek churchyard 2

Churchyard of St Edward the Confessor, Leek

Leek - geograph.org.uk - 275579

Clock tower in the town centre.

Mosaic in the Trestle Market - geograph.org.uk - 949676

Mosaic in the Trestle Market. This mosaic was produced to mark the 800th anniversary of Leek's charter market. It was designed by local people and made from reclaimed tile fragments. Briefly, the centre-piece represents King John surrounded by acorns and oak leaves. In the 16 segments around the edge are shown the dates, the ancient market cross, rams heads, cattle, chickens, the Saxon cross, churches, monastery, architecture, watermills, canals, railways, embroidery, silk & mills and market stalls today.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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