Driving through Leek to get to many of our weekend Peak District walks we have frequently had the discussion that we ‘really should have a walk around Leek one of these days’ so what better opportunity than a stop off on our way up north?
Previously a land crammed full of charity shops, Leek has seen a resurgence in recent years with a number of independent marvels opening their doors. Tucked away in one of its cobbled side streets is Getliffe’s Yard, a beautiful glass-sheltered alley adorned with tumbling foliage and some quirky independent enterprises. Having not visited the yard for a few years I was thrilled to bits to see that the lane hadn’t lost its charm with the addition of mouth-wateringly tempting chocolate shops and the beautifully placed Leek Café.
Wandering the cobbles of this intimate alley it really is a harkening back to a bygone era with its Victoriana balconies and cup-and-saucer feel but behind the doors leading off the alley are a treasure trove of modern marvels. I already mentioned the drool-worthy chocolate shop but an artsy gallery and beautiful tearoom also make the yard their home among others and my personal favourite is the frothy milkshakes on offer at the tea room as you sit ‘outside’ (the whole yard has a glass roof for an outside feel) on the balcony overlooking the yard.
Those wanting to find this charming alley should head along the big high street (Derby Street) directly in front of the big clock with the yard announced by a lovely archway bearing its name.
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