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Rudyard Lake (Reservoir)

Rudyard Lake

A tranquil haven, the two-and-a-half-mile-long Rudyard Lake was created more than two centuries ago to supply water for the expanding canal system. The area's history actually goes back as far as the 11th century, when it was known as 'Rudegeard' – and later, 'Rodehyerd' or 'Rudierd'. It's the place where Rudyard Kipling's parents met (and named their firstborn after), where Captain Webb trained to swim the channel, and where Carlos Trower walked a tightrope 30m above the water.

Today, it's a scenic location for walking, boating, sailing, fishing, and steam train rides along the reservoir. Set on the edge of the Peak District, Rudyard is home to dramatic scenery and hundreds of different species of wildlife.

Things to see and do

Places of interest

  • Bring your bike and cycle around the lake
  • Head into the Peak District for a more challenging walk along the Roaches
  • Bring your angling equipment to fish on the lake
  • Enjoy a steam train ride

Planning your visit

  • Address

    Rudyard Lake, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8XB

  • Prices

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing.

  • Toilets

    There are public toilets are available on site.

Getting here

  • By car

    There is a small pay & display car park at the activity centre.

    It costs £2 for four hours or £3 for the whole day.

  • By bus

    There is a bus stop on the A523 near the top of the lake.

photo of a location on the canals
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