Rudyard Lake

Rudyard Lake |  68%

ST13 8XB

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 Connect Logo 2Be Active LogoTake notice LogoKeep Learning LogoGive LogoCare LogoBe Creative Logo Cost Logo Upkeep Logo Secure Logo

 5         4         4         3         4         2         1          4         3         4          = 34/50

Ways to Wellbeing Score = 68%



Set in wooded hillsides, Rudyard Lake is a bit of a hidden gem – peaceful and tranquil and often without too many visitors.  It’s got a unique history, created more than two centuries ago to supply water to the canal systems, becoming a thriving tourist spot for the Manchester conurbation and the Potteries.  Whilst its popularity waned, in recent years its seen investment and now definitely worth a visit.


Connect Logo 2 Connect (People & Nature) ***** 5

Activity Centre  |  Large lake and dam  |  Sailing & rowing club  |  Trip boat (seasonal/chargeable)  |  Cafe  |  Places to stay  |  Miniature steam railway (seasonal/small charge)  |  Lakeside walks  |  2 Boathouses visitor centre exhibits  |  Venue hire  |  Picnic benches (dam end)


Be Active Logo Be Active (Body) ****4

Water sports activity Ccentre  |  Rowing & Ccanoeing  |  Sailing  |  Fishing  (members or day ticket)  |  Cycling permitted (some minor restrictions)  |  Walking route around lake


Take notice Logo Take Notice (Place)  ***** 4

Expansive stretch of water  |  Far reaching views (good for photography)  |  Good for bird watching  |  Local heritage interest (water supply and tourist history)


Keep Learning Logo Keep Learning (Mind) ***** 3

2 Boathouses with exhibits  |  Heritage interpretation boards  |  Opportunity for learning watersports


Give Logo Give (Spirit) ***** 4

Volunteer opportunities with friends group  |  Nature conservation  |  Boat painting and maintaining visitor exhibits


Care Logo Care (Planet) ***** 2

Full time ranger on-site  |  Not many waste/dog poo bins


Be Creative Logo Be Creative (Self) ***** 1

Some sculpture & ceramic mosaics  |  Good opportunities for photography


Cost Logo Value ****4

No entrance fees for visitor’s centre  |  Free parking (at steam railway station)  |  Chargeable parking (at lakeside)


Upkeep Logo Upkeep ****3

Reasonably well maintained but occasional litter  |  Some paths muddy (especially in Winter)


Secure Logo Secure/Feeling Safe ****4

On-site ranger/staff at activity Ccentre  |  Relatively remote location


Definitely a place worth rediscovering.  Great for a long walk away form it all.   The Earl of Macclesfield Boathouse has log fire in Winter – very warm and welcoming!  A place which is particularly good for water sport and sailing enthusiasts.