Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Operated by Leek and Rudyard Railway Ltd

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Rudyard Lake and Railway

The lake is 2.5 miles in length and is the longest straight stretch of water outside the lake district. The railway starts from Rudyard Station where there is a car park. It's on Rudyard road, the B5331 one kilometre west from the junction of the A523 Leek to Macclesfield Trunk Road. watch out for the brown signs on the A523 which are about one kilometre North of Leek. The post code if you have a Sat Nav is ST13 8PF; this will take you onto Rudyard Road. The entrance to the car park is right next to the old railway bridge and well signposted. Take the ramp up into the car park. The car park is run by the council and is free.

Things To Look Out For


Birds of every description but the Herons fishing or Buzzards hunting!


Boats; rowing boats for hire and the trip boat Honey, racing rowing boats and sculls


Sailing dingies at the Rudyard Lake Sailing club especially if the wind is strong!!


Sailability is a nationally recognised disabled sailing charity with special adapted sailing boats


The red and yellow Dragon boats often race


Ducks abound everywhere and are always hungry


Swans; the lake has a breeding pair who raised 5 cygnets in 2009.They chase all other swans off the lake


Fishermen; the lake is a popular fishery with frequent matches


Battleships; the Rudyard Navy is often in action at weekends in summer


The Earl of Macclesfield Boathouse has been restored at the east side of the lake near the Dam Station


The Visitor centre at the Dam Head


The lake activity centre is available for functions and has a cafe and toilets


The marked walk goes round the lake; can you spot The Talking Tree? What is his name?


The lakefront houses- see if you can spot the Lady of the Lake!


The new adventure playground at the Dam Head


The Lake has a long history set out in detail on the the Lake webpage.


And of course the trains of Rudyard Lake Steam Railway!

The Dam at the head of Rudyard Lake