Five Spots to Visit around Leek to have a Walk or a Cuppa


Rudyard Lake

Rudyard Lake is a 10-minute drive outside the town of Leek. It is a haven of peace and tranquility. It spans 2.5 miles long and was created more than 2 centuries ago to supply water to supply the canal system of the west midlands. It is a popular place for short and longer walks and has many on-the-water activities as well as activities around the lake. It is a popular place for some of our Care Professionals, they enjoy taking one of our clients each week for an afternoon walk, stopping off for a cuppa at the lakeside café.

Rudyard also has Platform 2 Café which runs at the weekends a favourite for steam railway enthusiasts and dogs are welcome. There is a café located at the activity centre that serves a wide selection of hot and cold meals, ideal if you are wanting to sit and take in the views of the lake and sail boats, etc


Tittesworth Water Meerbrook, Leek ST13 8SN

This reservoir is just outside the town of Leek, 10 minutes by car. On the edge of the Peak District National Park. Open all year and has an excellent visitors’ centre on the water’s edge with a fabulous view. You can walk part or all of the lake as the paths are accessible for most people.

The visitor centre has the Waterview restaurant with a good selection of hot and cold meals and has a great atmosphere with views over the lake from every table. It’s a great place to visit as parking is available close to the centre and is a good place to take our clients who have dementia because it is so peaceful and quiet with plenty of quiet spaces to sit and enjoy refreshments whilst taking in the wonderful views. There’s plenty going on to keep anyone occupied. Dogs walkers love this place and they are allowed in the café. You can sit outside whenever the weather is good. The owner and some of our Care Professionals often take their dogs for a good walk when not working.


Biddulph Grange Country Park and Gardens

Grange Road, Biddulph ST8 7TZ  Batemans tearooms serve hot and cold food and drinks with indoor and outdoor seating.

Another great place to visit with clients. It’s also a place our Care Professionals who are into gardening enjoy visiting during the different seasons. The park has disabled access with paths created to give easy access through the park. The site is on a hillside but there is wheelchair access as far as the main pool. Based on a Victorian theme of landscape views of natural features. The main feature to visit is the main pool with its restored 1904 stone boat house. Café opening times: Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm,  Monday and Tuesday 10 am – 3 pm plus extended opening during school holidays.


The Roaches Tea Rooms and Restaurant

Award winning, serves a range of teas and freshly ground coffees using ethically sourced coffee beans. They serve scrumptious homemade cakes, cream teas, their home-made scones are second to none, and they have delicious desserts. Staffordshire Oatcakes are also a favourite. The views from the tea rooms are spectacular. A great place to stop and take five. One of our clients loves having a cuppa here and wondering around in the great outdoors.

Nestling o the hillside of the spectacular Roaches, the tea rooms are situated at 300 meters above sea level with breathtaking views stretching over the valley, Tittesworth reservoir, and beyond the Wrekin, Shropshire, and the Welsh mountains. Visiting and walking around this tranquil setting is an absolute must.


The Cottage Kitchen Country Café

You get a warm welcome when you visit this cafe. Situated in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands, the café serves locally sourced, freshly prepared food shared from local suppliers and producers sourcing quality ingredients and creating tasty food.

From full English to afternoon tea and everything in between, an eating experience in The Cottage Kitchen is a real treat for you when celebrating that special birthday or other occasions. There’s a gift shop, bakery, children’s play area, and large car park, easy access to inside and outside seating, and disabled access and facilities. Ideal to take your loved one out for a treat. Situated on Ashbourne Road near Winkle just 10 minutes from Leek town or near to Ashbourne.

In conclusion, Leek and its surrounding areas offer a perfect blend of natural beauty and warm hospitality. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil walk in serene landscapes or a delightful cuppa in charming tea rooms, this quaint Staffordshire town has something for everyone. Embrace the charm of Leek and create lasting memories as you explore these five remarkable spots.

So, why wait? Plan your visit to Leek today and experience the magic for yourself. Lace up your shoes, take a walk, or simply find a cosy spot to enjoy a cup of tea. And if you or your loved ones require companionship care along the way, remember that Home Instead is here to support you with dedicated Care Professionals who prioritise your comfort and wellbeing.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to embrace the beauty of Leek while receiving the care and companionship you deserve. Start your journey today and let Leek’s enchanting allure sweep you off your feet.