Westport Lake, created alongside the Trent & Mersey Canal, is Stoke-on-Trent’s largest expanse of water and consists of two lakes, and a nature reserve. It’s one of the best places in the area for bird-watching and walking. It has come a long way since its initial development as a pleasure resort by a local farmer around 1890 then it descended into a wasteland until becoming one of Stoke's first regeneration projects in 1986. It is now run in partnership between Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Stoke City Council.
The Visitor Centre boasts a welcoming cafe with panoramic views of the water and it is the perfect place to visit for families, walkers and nature lovers. The lake and surrounding grounds are ideal for a stroll. There is a good, level footpath of around one mile around the lake, and a health walk around the conservation area.
Look out for wildlife!
Westport Lake is an important overwintering site for many water birds and unusual species are known to stop-off at the lake during migration. The conservation area at the northern end of the site is home to many animals including kingfishers and dragonflies.
Our friendly cafe offers a wide range of hot and cold snacks and drinks, which can be enjoyed inside or outside on the lakeside balcony.
There is a regular programme of family activities at the visitor centre during the school holidays and a children's play area by the visitor centre,
Map & Directions
Main car park is off Westport Lake Road, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent. Leave the A500 at the Longport, Tunstall slip road. At the mini roundabout take first exit for Davenport Street, turn left into Westport Lake Road. It is also served by the Westport Greenway and the Trent & Mersey Canal.
Public Transport Directions
By bus: Westport Lake Visitor Centre is a short walk from the bus stops on the A527. The 94/94A and 99/99A both stop every 30 minutes.
By rail: Westport Lake is served by Stoke station, just 5 miles away, while Longport Rail is just 1 mile from the Centre.
By bicycle: Westport Lake Visitor Centre is easily accessible by bicycle, being adjacent to National Route 5. Please visit the National Cycle Network website to plan your route: www.sustrans.org.uk
|Year Round (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 16:00|
* Check www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk for opening times