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Rudyard Lake

Planning your visit

Address: Rudyard Lake, Near Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8XB

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

Toilets: Toilets are available on site

Rudyard Lake is a haven of peace and tranquility, the two and a half mile long lake was created more than two centuries ago to supply water for the then expanding canal system of the West Midlands. Today it is a popular day out for families, offering walking, boating, sailing, fishing and steam train rides alongside the reservoir.

Great for

  • Dog Walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Canoeing
  • sailing
  • bird watching


Miniature steam railway runs alongside the lake, visitor centre, activity centre, children's play area, close to Leek and Staffordshire Moorlands

Spot a boat

A good place to spot boats all year round


  • Hotel Rudyard

    Restaurant in hotel by lake

  • Activity centre cafe

    Café is located in the activity centre

Boat trips

  • Honey

    The trip boat 'Honey' runs from Easter to the end of October mainly at weekends

  • Rudyard Lake

    Rowing boats are available to hire

  • Canoeing

    Canoe hire is available

Picnic spot

Picnic benches and grassy areas can be found around the lake


  • Rudyard Lake

    A number of walking routes can be found around the lake and in the surrounding area


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens

Lots of birds can be seen on the lake


Pay and display public car parking

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