A 10 minute walk and you are in the beautiful historic town of Leek. Old black and white buildings, cafes, bars, restaurants, pubs with real ale, individual independent shops, antique emporiums, markets and an arts centre, library and tourist information office on the 1st floor of the iconic Nicholson Institute building on Stockwell Street Tel: 01538483741. There are also several Doctors surgeries and dentists. For the children a park with a play area and skate board park, band stand and a leisure centre with swimming pool. There are 2 Golf courses both 5 minutes drive away from our home or a 10/15 minute walk to Leek Golf Club 01538 384779 and Westwood Golf Club 01538 398385, day visitors welcome at both. 10 minutes down the road is the Churnet Valley Railway https://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk/events/whats-on Ride the steam train, enjoy breakfast, lunch or just a trip. The Roaches a steep outcrop of rocks for those who want to climb or just go for an exhilarating walk is a10 minute drive. Ashbourne, Buxton, Bakewell are all easy driving and Chatsworth House is a 45 minute drive. You can walk from the house to explore Ladderidge Country Park, a part of the Staffordshire Way and also the Cauldon Canal to walk on the canal towpath. Rudyard lake with its own train is 10 minutes away, Tittersworth reservoir 10 minutes away with its own water sports area.
We are willing to share our car as local transport is not impossible but a little more difficult. Leek is in the Staffordshire Moorlands and 20 mins drive brings you to the best walking country you will experience anywhere, Derbyshire and the Peak District. Chatsworth House is an amazing stately home. We are about half an hour from Alton Towers, a theme park with the largest roller-coaster, a must for young and old alike and beautiful gardens is 25 mins. Biddulph Grange (National Trust) fabulous gardens and cafe 20 mins. Manchester is 50 minutes drive, 2 train stations are 30 mins away, Macclesfield and Stoke, take the train to London 1 hour 30 minutes from Stoke-On-Trent.
Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent is renowned for its pottery and is known as the Potteries. It is also renowned for its six towns. Visit the Wedgewood Centre (Josiah Wedgewood), Middleport Pottery famous for Burleigh, Emma Bridgewater, MoorCroft and The Gladstone Pottery (owned by Prince Charles and TV show 'The great pottery throwdown' is filmed) museum in Longton and see the bottle kilns whilst learning what a sagger makers bottom knocker's job entailed.
20 minutes drive and you are in the Peak District, Derbyshire with too many walks to mention here.