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Lake, free entry

Rudyard Lake

Rudyard Lake



01538 306280


Nr Leek,
Staffordshire Moorlands,
ST13 8XB


Lying in a fold in thickly wooded hillsides, Rudyard Lake is a haven of peace and tranquility less than a mile from the A523 that links Leek to Macclesfield.

The two and a half mile long lake was created more than two centuries ago. Today it is a popular day out, offering walking, boating, sailing and fishing, a converted boat house as a visitor centre and steam railway. A five-mile walking route is available around the lake which extends to Leek. Rudyard Kipling's parents named him after having visited the lake in their courtship.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeGuided tours for groups

Opening Details

Open all the time

FREE Visitor Centre open every day in Summer months/weekends Oct - Mar.
Shop/Cafe open 10:00 - 17:00 weekdays and until 18:00 weekends. Oct to Mar open w/e only 10:00 - 17:00.

Activity room available to hire all year round.

Steam Railway runs most weekends and weekdays during Summer (weather dependant) with seasonal events. See for details.


Free entry

Additional cost for

Boat launching fee: £7.00 (or £10.00 if your boat is over 3m in length).
Canoeing: £5.00 per day.
Boat hire: £5.00 per hour.
Guided boat trip on board 'Honey' £3.00 / £2.00



See location of Rudyard Lake on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SJ 951586  Lat: 53.12525 Long: -2.07436

Two miles North of Leek on the Staffordshire - Cheshire border. From Leek take A523 towards Macclesfield for approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto B5331 for half a mile to the free car park at Rudyard Station, or turn right at the mini roundabout, right again, and head along Lake Road, past the Hotel and turn right at the British Waterways sign down to the pay & display car parking area.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
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