Leek is a delightful historic market town situated on the southern edge of the Peak District National Park and surrounded by rugged countryside, including the stunning gritstone rock formations of The Roaches.
The unspoilt town centre is a refreshing change from modern shopping malls and has some unique speciality antique shops and you'll also be able to explore huge Victorian mills, formerly silk mills but now housing antique and reproduction pine centres, as well as traditional and contemporary art galleries. The town has numerous independent food shops including traditional butchers, bakers and green grocers, delicatessen, oatcakes, wine, whisky and beers.
Enjoy the bustle and atmosphere of Leek's traditional markets – there's a general weekly outdoor market each Wednesday for bargains, as well as an indoor market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the restored Victorian Butter Market. You can also browse the antique and collectors' market held outdoors each Saturday and an award-winning monthly fine food market, which is held every third Saturday of the month in Leek's ancient Market Place.
Leek's long history features such famous characters as Bonnie Prince Charlie, canal engineer James Brindley, Queen Victoria and Victorian designer William Morris and with its ancient markets, Victorian mills, historic churches, distinctive shops and award-winning eateries, there's much for the visitor to see and do.
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Nearest railway stations: Stoke-on-Trent (12 miles), Macclesfield (13 miles), Buxton (13 miles). Frequent connecting bus services available from Stoke, regular connecting bus services available from Macclesfield & Buxton.
From North West: Exit M6 jct 16. A500 towards Stoke. A53 to Leek.
From North East: Exit M1 jct 28. A38 towards Derby. A52 to Ashbourne. A52 / A523 to Leek.
From South West: Exit M6 jct 14. A34 to Stone. A520 to Leek.
From South East: Exit M1 jct 23A. A50 towards Uttoxeter / Stoke. A520 to Leek.
: 12 km from Stoke-On-Trent station