Leek is known as the “Queen of the Moorlands.” Lying on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Leek is a busy, vibrant place. It has a long history of silk weaving and dyeing. In the 19th century William Morris and other Arts and Crafts devotees had a big influence on the town and it’s architecture.
The medieval marketplace is at the heart of the town and there are some wonderful buildings to be found. Nearby, James Brindley built his water mill, and he later went on to become the father of Britain’s canal network. The clock tower war memorial is reputed to be the largest in the country, while Leek’s unique claim to fame is the double sunset that can be seen on the summer solstice (and days either side) from St.Edward’s churchyard and by turning left out of LCB, over the bridge, follow the road to the right , up the hill (100m).
Leek Camping Barns are ideally situated to be your base exploring the local area. On the outskirts of Leek, a traditional town with bustling markets, buzzing cafes, real ale pubs and lots of independent shops, it will not come as a surprise that Leek was the Daily Telegraph’s High Street of The Year runner up 2013.
On the edge of the Staffordshire Peak District you’ve got every kind of terrain around you – road cycling, mountain biking, climbing, sailing, walking, hiking, running and much more. You’re only just over an hour from Manchester (the nearest train station is about 30 minutes away in Macclesfield) and right on the doorstep of the stunning Peak District and the multitude of villages and towns nestled in the beautiful National Park.