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Ladderedge Country Park

70 acres of meadows, parkland and woods 20 minutes walk from the centre of Leek.

Ladderedge country park is divided into two areas either side of the road. The main section is an undulating landscape of meadows and woodlands with great views over Leek towards the Peak District. The other section is generally flatter where the River Churnet meanders along next to the meadow and woodland walk.

Location

Ladderedge Country Park, Ladderedge, Leek ST13 7AB

Parking

The car park for the main section of the park is signposted off Newcastle Road behind the Staffordshire County Council highways depot.  There is also a car park at Barnfields, Sunnyhills Road, but there is a height limit of 1.6m.

Features

  • Green Flag award
  • open meadows
  • woodland
  • self guided walks

Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards the very best green spaces. Ladderedge is one of 1,701 parks and green spaces currently flying a Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award. 

Self Guided Walks

Three of our self guided walks cover Ladderedge and the surrounding countryside.

Orienteering Courses

Visit Leek tourist information centre to buy a map and instructions for the orienteering courses to help you explore. There are three levels to choose from depending on your map reading skills.

Caring for the site

  • Follow the countryside code [2MB]  
  • Put your litter or dog waste in the bins provided
  • Keep your dog under control - do not let it chase or worry the cattle or wildlife
  • Leave gates as you find them

Management

Cattle graze the meadows from July until October, which is essential to maintaining the biodiversity of the fields. In the woodland dead timber is deliberately left on the ground or in piles to provide habitat for invertebrates, birds and small mammals.

Visit  Staffordshire County Council to report a problem with a footpath.

Friends of Ladderedge country park

A group of local residents and visitors to Ladderedge have formed a 'friends group' working with the park's manager to improve Ladderedge for both wildlife and visitors. Members meet regularly getting involved in:

  • practical work
  • wardening the park
  • fund raising
  • wildlife surveying
  • organising events

For more information contact Friends of Ladderedge country park or the Ladderedge country park manager.