Lake, free entry
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.
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 www.rlsr.org for details.
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
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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.