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Peak District Towns and Villages: Leek
Villages around Leek
There has been a settlement here since at least Saxon times, since the river was an obvious source of both water and water power. One of the flint mills (which are now a museum) was originally a corn mill and dates from the 14th century.
The Caldon Canal is now very popular and Cheddleton Station is the main centre for the Churnet Valley Railway, an excellent tourist attraction.
Besides the attractions of the Churnet Valley and Caldon canal, Cheddleton is also very handy for the southern edge of the Peak District National Park, with the Roaches and Staffordshire Moorlands not far away.
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|Rudyard Lake is not natural but was constructed in the late 18th century to provide water for the local canal system, especially the Caldon Canal, which links Leek and Stoke-on-Trent. Being high up meant that local groundwater was in minimal supply so the reservoir was built as a water head by damming the River Churnet high up.|
Rudyard is a small village which grew up alongside Rudyard Lake, primarily fuelled by the area's popularity with local tourists during the Victorian period and the early 20th century. The tourists came here via the railway, which passed nearby and brought easy communications between here and Stoke and other cities.
There is a large hotel near the foot of the lake and a car park, visitor centre and sailing club.
The parents of the author Rudyard Kipling spent their honeymoon here and named their son after the place.
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|Upper Hulme is a tiny hamlet clustered around a now redundant mill on the upper reaches of the River Churnet. The houses are built from the local sandstone, which is a beautiful rose colour, and the road through is the principal access to the fabulous Roaches and Hen Cloud as well as being close to Ramshaw Rocks to the north and Tittesworth Reservoir to the south so is a great place to base yourself for walking in this area. There is a popular pub, The Rock.|
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