Leek - Ladderedge - Denford - Leek

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This is a not too strenuous stroll in the Staffordshire countryside just outside the pleasant market town of Leek. After the initial ascent through Ladderedge Country Park, following the Staffordshire Way with commanding views across Leek to the Peak District beyond, it is a gentle walk down to the Caldon Canal and a perfectly located canalside pub. This canal must be one of the most peaceful in the land, meandering through gentle vales and meadows. The canal is now the route of a pleasant flat return to the start point, passing over a tunnel on the way.

England - Central England - Staffordshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Pub, Wildlife
4/5/2015 - Chris Summers

From Waymark 3 confusion set in as where waymark 4 was,as we entered a small woodland that led back into a large field.We retraced our steps to the A53 and rejoined at waymark 5.The canal section is very nice,albeit muddy due to the rain.

4/20/2014 - Thomas Greig

4/20/2014 - Thomas Greig

Lovely varied walk. Whilst close to Leek and taking in some urban sections, the overall impression is of a quiet country ramble. Nothing too strenuous and the Hollybush pub comes at just the right time and is well worth a visit. The canal side second half of the walk is very tranquil and easy to follow (as are all the directions).

6/25/2012 - Pat McDonnell

We walked this today with two dogs and found it to be a fantastic walk. The start of the walk caused a bit of confusion because we didn't know which gate to exit from but a friendly local soon put us right. Main road( crossed twice) is dangerous because of bends and fast moving traffic. This apart, it was a very varied walk, full of interest and one which is highly recommended.

3/13/2009 - Pauline Mycock

The directions of this walk are very clear and easy to follow. We did this walk on 8th March 2009. We had all sorts of weather from snow and rain and even some sunshine. This walk in places is extremely muddy but very peaceful

10/23/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Amendments have been made to make the walk start clearer. Please note there is more than one car park so take care to follow the Walk Access details to the walk start.

10/7/2008 - Lynn Pay

Unfortunately we were unable to do this walk as the start details were incorrect. There where two paths out of the car park and it was not clear which way to exit, it was not possible to tell which way the picnic area was and when we did find one it did not lead to a road.

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