Best trails in Leek, Staffordshire

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Looking for a great trail near Leek, Staffordshire? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Peak District National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Dovedale National Nature Reserve or Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Leek ranging from 2.5 to 11.1 miles and from 433 to 1,591 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Leek, Staffordshire
Top trails (18)
#1 - Thor's Cave
Peak District National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
This is an awesome route with many different types of terrain: roads, paths, steep hills and steps. The variation makes it more enjoyable and a bit more of a workout. Please note that this trail can be extremely muddy which makes it very challenging in those conditions. After all of the hard work, the views are truly incredible.Show more
#2 - Rudyard Lake Circular
Leek, Staffordshire, England
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
This is a nice trail with lots of views. It seems that the lake offers many of activities to do on top of hiking: canoeing, fishing, paddleboarding.Show more
#3 - The Roaches Extended Circular
Peak District National Park
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 50 m
Follow the road from Upper Hulme towards the roaches and park along here. This is where the walk starts. The walk firstly takes you along the top of the rock face which is fairly level in gradient once you are up but is quite uneven. You’ll pass “Doxey Pool” and the trig point up here. The views are great but beware for fog as it can come in thick and fast. Then, descend the rocky path down to a road. If you don’t fancy doing the whole of the walk you can easily just do the first half and turn around here. But even past this point there are plenty of opportunities to cut it a bit shorter should you want to. The whole of the walk past the road is really quite muddy (hence the gaiters being essential) This route follows the concession path to “Hanging Rock” (which you will have been able to see for a while in the distance) but there’s also a footpath leading straight down into Danebridge bypassing the rock. Past the rock the path goes through a field and down through a really pretty woodland area to the village. If you go left at the bridge at the bottom there is a pub should you want to go for a drink. From Danebridge the walk goes a good distance alongside the river. It’s up and down on this stretch but nothing too taxing and the woods by the river are very picturesque with great views of Shutlingsloe in the distance. When your path leaves the river behind you begin to ascend once again back up to the road. This is the walk and you go uphill around the same distance as you did at the beginning which makes it a bit more of a challenge (and kind of makes you wish you’d gone for a drink at the pub when you had the chance). When you meet the road again you have the choice of going back the way you came over the rocks, or following the road to the left and going around the back. You then follow the road for a fair distance before turning right shortly after a cattle grid. As you approach a farm and the footpath takes you through the fields to the side. Eventually this path returns you back, with Hen Cloud to your left and the Roaches on your right. You get back to the road on the same path you took initially to get up to the Roaches. All in all the walk has something for everyone and due to the fact there are many points where it can be shortened, it’s suitable for people with varying abilities, although due to the initial climb this is not recommend it for anyone without a certain degree of basic fitness. Happy walking. Show more
#4 - Tittesworth Circular
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
A circular walk through well established woodland around Tittesworth Reservoir, Staffordshire. The reservoir has a wide range of wildlife and sits just below the Roaches a high rocky ridge, which form a spectacular backdrop to the walk. There are two bird hides along the route from where you can observe wildlife. The footpaths are mainly wide and well-made, except for some sections through woodland which could be muddy and uneven. On the walk you will need to negotiate several flights of steps, a few bridges, a few sections of wooden boardwalks and a gate. At the visitor centre you will find toilets and a place to obtain refreshments. Picnic tables and a barbecue area are also sited near to the visitor centre. The map for this area is Explorer OL24 White Peak.Show more
#5 - Wetton, Manifold Valley and Thor's Cave
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
The walk starts from the small village of Wetton which lies in the Staffordshire Peak District. The village has an inn, a church, and consists of a collection of farmhouses, cottages and a few larger houses. The walk takes you over sections of farmland, down dry dales then along the Manifold Valley Trail where the route passes Thor's Cave, from where you have magnificent views back down the valley. Thor's Cave, high above the River Manifold, has a 60ft entrance and looks quite spectacular. It is one of many caves in the area from which ancient bones and artefacts have been found. The walk is quite challenging with many climbs and descents throughout, some of which are steep and can be slippery. You will need to negotiate several types of stiles (including squeeze, wall and fence) and several gates. Some farmland is crossed so please take care with dogs as these fields may contain livestock. The footpath up to Thor's Cave has many flights of steep wooden steps, and this path could be slippery after wet weather. Public toilets are located at the start of the walk and also at Wetton Mill where you can also obtain refreshments if required (check opening times). The correct map is Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak Area. Show more
#6 - The Roaches
Peak District National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#7 - Grindon, Ladyside Wood and Thors Cave Circular Walk
Peak District National Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 5 h 33 m
#8 - Upper Hulme, Lower Lee and The Roaches Circular Route
Peak District National Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#9 - The Roaches
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
#10 - Ramshaw Ridge Circular Route
Peak District National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
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