Deep Hayes Country Park
Set in a natural bowl in the hillside, Deep Hayes Country Park is a delightful mixture of woods, meadows and pools. The park covers 143 acres and boasts ample facilities, including a visitor centre and toilets. There are designated car parking spaces and toilets available for people with disabilities.
The present setting belies Deep Hayes's industrial past. Over the years, coal and clay extraction has reshaped the valley with iron smelting and brick making also part of its industrial heritage. The pools began life as a reservoir, built in 1848 by the Potteries Waterworks Company to compensate the River Churnet for loss of water in serving the mills downstream and also to supply water for Hanley, Burslem and Tunstall.
The reservoir was abandoned in 1979 and an agreement between Severn Trent Water, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the former Countryside Commission (now Natural England) resulted in the creation of a Country Park.
If you are unsure of where to walk, try our Deep Hayes Trails, a series of waymarked walks starting from the Visitor Centre, routed both inside and outside the park.
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 2.00 - 4.00
Saturday and Sunday 2.00 - 4.00
The Country Park offers a School Visits service. For more information, see our Information for Schools page.
Approximately two miles south-west of Leek and four miles east of Stoke-on-Trent. The best approach is along the A53, turning at Longsdon.
Deep Hayes Visitor Centre,
Deep Hayes Country Park,
Leek, Staffs. ST13 7JS
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