Rudyard Lake

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Rudyard Lake Reviews

Ben-UK Ben-UK
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Rudyard Lake Feb 19, 2017
Situated on the south-west edge of the Peak District, Rudyard Lake is a man-made lake, created around 1800 to provide water to the local canals. When the North Staffordshire railway opened in 1849 running along the banks of the lake, Rudyard became a popular tourist destination -- one couple who met here later named their son after the lake, he was the famous poet Rudyard Kipling who wrote the poem 'IF'.

The North Staffordshire railway sadly closed in the 1970's, it's path now converted to the excellent Staffordshire Moorlands Walks -- however, a narrow-gauge steam railway now operates for 2km along the lake's east bank mainly at weekends throughout the summer.

Rudyard Lake provides very nice walking (it's about 7km to walk around it), fishing and sailing and is well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Directions: on the A523 between Macclesfield and Leek
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sarahelaine sarahela…
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Rudyard Lake Jul 04, 2011
Rudyard Lake is a pretty reservoir built in the Industrial Revolution, to supply the canal network with water. It is in the rolling green landscape of the southern Peak district, just over the Staffordshire border. As time went on, people decided to use it as a place where workers could go to relax, and gradually over the years it has become a small, quiet tourist attraction. The two main attractions are the miniature steam railway and the lake itself.

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway is quite big, by miniature steam railway standards, with each carriage big enough to take four very squashed adults, as long as at least two of the adults aren’t very big. The engines are exactly the right size to hold an engine driver and nothing more but run on real steam, and they are very cute indeed. The railway line runs about two thirds of the length of the lake, past a dam and to a small lake front beach. Adult tickets are around £3.50 at the time of writing, with discounts for children and families. Of course, this is mainly a family attraction, and this means that as well as the carriages there is a special open truck where push chairs can be folded up and kept. The ride is about half an hour long, and trains run every half hour. I think this is a lovely place to go, especially if you have either a small child with you, or a nerdy great Sarah-Elaine who loves steam trains.

The lake itself has a small visitor centre, a rowing boat hire place and lots of people fishing. I don’t fish, so I can’t tell you how expensive it is or if it is good. But the rowing boat hire is £2.50 per person, with a minimum of £5 per boat. This is theoretically per hour but really, I don’t think anyone is paying very close attention and an hour is about as long as it takes to get tired. The boats are all named after Jungle Book characters. There are very few things as relaxing as sitting in a boat letting your boyfriend row you about, watching the swallows fly by and occasionally shouting at him not to crash into the dinghy behind you. I am not as keen on the idea of doing the rowing myself!

You can eat either at the café at the boat hire place at the dam, or at the Platform 2 café. I wouldn’t recommend the burgers, but the ice cream is nice and prices are very reasonable.
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sarahelaine says:
That's such a cool thing to do! I haven't explored the peak district nearly enough...
Posted on: Jul 05, 2011
sarahthevegasbride says:
The girl who i work with her partner drives the train.
Posted on: Jul 05, 2011
sarahthevegasbride says:
I live about a 20 min drive from this place lovely place!
Posted on: Jul 05, 2011

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