Leek, Staffordshire: Staycation Inspiration
As businesses re-open after lockdown they’ve needed our support more. With many of us choosing to holiday at home this summer we thought we’d put together a mini guide of our favourite places of interest close to our base in Staffordshire.
Known fondly as the Queen of the Moorlands, Leek is nestled at the south west corner of the lush rolling hills of the Peak District.
An historic market town, Leek is of course the home of Malvern Garden Buildings HQ, but it’s also perfectly situated for spending a long weekend exploring and having fun.
Here is our round up of the best bits and bobs in the area…Make sure to check opening times, book if necessary and observe social distancing rules until further notice.
This beautiful Georgian listed building sits proudly on the central market square in town, housing an art gallery, cinema, café, bar and performance venue. Foxlowe is the art hub of the town, constantly buzzing with exhibitions, gigs, screenings and all sorts. There’s always plenty going on, with a mixture of local artist’s work, well known British artists and international films.
Heading north to Buxton from Leek, you pass through the highest village in England, Flash, which only adds to the excitement of traversing the Peak District. Once in Buxton, it’s hard not to notice the beautiful Victorian architecture throughout the town. With ideas of it becoming the northern version of the city of Bath back in Victorian times, Buxton’s natural water spring brought tourists in their hundreds, and the central meeting point in town was the Pavilion Gardens. The stunning, historical building is set within 23-acres of magnificent landscaped gardens with ponds and water features, providing the perfect space for a leisurely stroll. Make sure to pop into the conservatory too – the Midland’s answer to Kew Gardens!
The Sunday Supplement Market is one event that the whole of Leek comes together for. This extremely popular, award-winning market is held on the first Sunday of every month with lots of local specialities on display. With almost 80 stalls, the market features a variety of hand-made artisan products from local makers and delectable local food, usually found within a few miles of the market itself! Not to be out shone, many of Leek’s independent stores and eateries open especially for the event, making the town an electric hub of activity.
The locals love The Roaches, and rightly so. These craggy rocks jut out from green, rolling hills to make an impressive sight. Pack your walking boots (or wellies!) and head for Roach Road. There is free, roadside parking at the foot of the hills which you can explore in as windy or straight paths as you please. Persevere and climb to the top – you will not be disappointed. Views span across the Peak District, taking in Tittesworth Reservoir and across to the Lovell Telescope at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jodrell Bank. Make sure to locate Don Whillans Memorial Hut and explore the fairy tale wood it sits in.
A boutique four-star country inn nestled at the foot of The Roaches, the Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa is a destination in itself. With bedrooms that range from simple and traditional pub rooms, to luxurious garden rooms which have their own outdoor space with added hot tub (gasp!), there are options for every pocket. If you’re not staying the night, make sure to experience the Mill Wheel Spa where you can relax in true luxury. The unique Beach Hut experience replicates the feeling of being on the beach on a hot summer’s day as you lie on warm sand, accompanied by relaxing music and essential oils.
Lazy Trout Pub
For good, old fashioned (but excellently executed) pub fare, then head to the Lazy Trout pub, near Tittesworth Reservoir. A lovely, traditional pub with an open courtyard at the front and a pretty beer garden at the back to enjoy the fabulous views, the food here is simple, but delicious. With friendly and attentive staff, an impressive selection of grog and a dog friendly policy, this rustic pub is a must-visit.