Since 1960 when the railway was closed the whole area has enjoyed a quiet sleepy existence occasionally reminded of its former glory.
Rudyard today is slowly coming to life again and welcoming visitors for walking, sailing, fishing, wildlife and those interested to learn more of its fascinating history.
The lake is owned by Canal & River Trust and administered by The Rudyard Lake Trust Ltd and by The Friends of Rudyard who have built a visitor centre on the lake side.
There are rowing boats and canoes for hire and a slipway for sailing craft and for the regular activities of the rowing club, also a cafe has recently opened for business right on the lakeside where limited parking is available.
An active sailing club is situated on the west side of the lake about a mile from the village.
Fishermen and visitors are transported by the narrow gauge steam railway which runs along the east bank.
The park won a David Bellamy Silver Award for conservation in 2000 and again in 2017
On site security, all units external daily check.
Pub/restaurant, cafe, boating, sailing, long distance footpath all within 200 meters.
DirectionsRudyard lies 2.5 miles north west of Leek on the A523/B5331. See full map and instructions on our website.
Main towns, Buxton, Macclesfield and Stoke on trent, within 10 mile radius.
The market town of Leek is 3 miles to the SE, many walks are accessible from the Park. Sailing, rowing and fishing on Rudyard Lake. Alton Towers approx 12 miles.
Rudyard Vale is a very quiet and sheltered park, with a 'Get away from it all atmosphere'.
Narrow gauge steam railway with cafe, pub/restaurant, trout fishing lakes, long distance footpath, rowing and sailing clubs, boats for hire, lakeside cafe.
Friends of Rudyard Lake volunteering opportunities.
Based on 2 review(s)
West Midlands 06 Mar 2017
We have been to this Park for the last 18 years and have always found it to be a very friendly and happy site starting with the Owner, Manager down to all the residents.
Situated only 4 miles from the small historic town of Leek, Rudyard Lake only a short walk from the site to the main dam head, for the more energetic there it is possible to walk the 5 miles all around it. From the site the views are of Derbyshire, Stafford Moorlands and Cheshire.
Would fully recommend this site to anyone looking a friendly site with access to many different and varied places to visit.
Property manager response (06 Mar 2017)
Thanks Roger, your comments are most appreciated. Jim Walker
manchester uk 15 Dec 2014
great park [small only 40 statics on site] very friendly if you want a quite life this is the place to be Rudyard lake within walking distance owner and managers very helpful
small railway runs side of lake for about a mile
leek only couple of miles away, which has large Sainsburys for all you needs