close to the head of the River Churnet in North Staffordshire
and on the southern uplands of the Pennines, Leek is built
on the slopes and crown of a hill surrounded by some of
the finest hill, moor and dale scenery to be found in this
part of the North Midlands. Much of the town stands at or
over the 600 ft. contour and it is close, on the north and
east sides, to the even higher country that is now within
the Peak District National Park.
Leek has long
been linked with the textile industry but, in recent times,
has seen silk replaced by man-made fibres although links
with the original industry are retained through the dyeing
and finishing trade. The town has a conventional shopping
centre that includes a new pedestrianised area and on Wednesday
there is a traditional open market. Recreational facilities
include many parks and open spaces, including tennis and
squash courts, swimming pool, gym, two golf courses, bowling
greens, running track, cricket and football pitches. The
Nicholson Institute houses an admirable museum and art gallery
in addition to a well-stocked county library.
described glowingly as the 'Queen of the Moorlands',
Leek is now the administrative centre for the Staffordshire
Moorlands District Council although it has its own town
council to look after local matters. It has had a lengthy
history and retains a number of old and interesting buildings.
It retains, too, its essential character as a market town
serving a wide area although it grows in importance as a
residential area. Numerous bus services link it with the
rest of Staffordshire and much of nearby Derbyshire, Cheshire
the Cultural Capital of the Peak District. As a Spa Town,
Buxton has been a popular holiday resort for centuries.
Based at the heart of the Peak District in the county of
Derbyshire, Buxton is blessed with stunning scenery, magnificent
architecture, a wealth of shops, and a thriving arts scene.
Together with its world-famous spa water, Buxton has plenty
to offer any visitor.
underground at Pooles Cavern and discover some of Buxton’s
darker secrets. Fancy yourself as Tarzan, swinging through
the trees in the country park on the Go Ape extravaganza
high above the forest floor? Go on! Get an adrenalin buzz!
Like our Victorian forbears,
promenade along Broad Walk and around the Pavilion Gardens
and Serpentine Walk, before taking tea in the Pavilion.
Learn a little more about the town and view the art exhibitions
at the museum before venturing into the giant Dome, with
it's echo. And for something a bit special, try the Devonshire
a splendid Crescent, ornamental gardens, an Opera House
and the largest unsupported dome in the country. The Opera
House is host to the annual Buxton Festival, and a number
of venues around the town contribute to the largest Festival
Fringe in England. Situated just over a thousand feet
up in the Derbyshire hills, Buxton’s also the ideal
base for climbing, caving, mountain biking, walking, bird
watching, horse riding, gliding and much much more.
The great pride of Buxton
is also to be found in its architecture. From the Georgian
splendor of the Crescent and former stable block through
the Victorian magnificence of the Palace Hotel, to examples
of fine Northern Arts and Crafts, step back into a world
of inspired design. Pick up a copy of the Buxton history
trail from the Tourist Information Office and let your
imagination run free.
Enjoy the stylish shops and restaurants
of Knutsford, Alderley Edge, Prestbury and Wilmslow. Pamper
yourself and enjoy the luxury of spa hotels, country houses
and golf resorts.
Head into the Cheshire Peak District for
fabulous walking and cycling adventures and panoramic views,
staying in top quality farmhouse B&B's and cottages,
discovering great gastro-pubs and cosy country inns.
the silk heritage in the handsome market town of Macclesfield
or cruise along the Macclesfield Canal on its route to the
mill village of Bollington and on to Poynton, home of the
Anson Engine Museum. Find out about the East Cheshire Textile
Triangle, packed with great ideas for group visits.
Relax in award-winning gardens at Arley
Hall, Tatton Park and Hare Hill. Explore the East Cheshire
Textile Triangle. Marvel at iconic attractions such as Lyme
Hall on the edge of the Peak District in Disley, the giant
waterwheel at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, and the huge radio
telescope at Jodrell Bank, the most distinctive landmark
of the Cheshire Plain.
The City boasts the internationally
acclaimed Wedgwood Visitor Centre and its nearly opened
£10 million Wedgwood Museum. Offering craft demonstrations,
factory tour, stunning museum collections, shopping opportunities
Several other factories such
as Moorcroft and Burleigh also offer factory tours and with
over 30 pottery factory shops to choose from including the
world renowned brands of Royal Doulton, Portmeirion, Aynsley,
Spode and Churchill there is so much to see and do. No visit
would be complete without a look at one of the City’s
Visit the Trentham Estate;
One of the most important historic gardens in Britain, which
along with the Barefoot Walk and Adventure Trail, make it
ideal for everyone. There's the Monkey Forest, Aerial Extreme,
Shopping Village and Garden Centre.
plays host to some of the worlds finest attractions, visitor
centres, museums, gardens and nightlife. Offering fun and
activity all day and all night for all ages.
The Gladstone Potterey Museum is the only
complete Victorian pottery factory with original workshops,
bottle ovens, tile gallery, Doctor's House and Flushed with
Pride - the story of the toilet, gift shop and cafe.