A trip Rudyard lake in Staffordshire.
Lying in a fold in thickly wooded hillsides, Rudyard Lake is a haven of peace and tranquility less than a mile from the A523 that links Leek to Macclesfield.
The two and a half mile long lake was created more than two centuries ago to supply water for the then expanding canal system of the West Midlands.
There are a number of activities that we can do when we get there:
Boat trip: The trip boat 'Honey' is available and can carry up to 12 passengers. Cruises are usually combined with an informative narration about the lake's history and wildlife. The cost is £3 for adults.
Boat hire: Rowing boats (ex Regents Park Lake in London) can be hired at a cost of £5 an hour. They carry up to four people and buoyancy aids are available.
Visitor Centre: Located in a converted boathouse at the damhead, it opened in 2001 and provides visitors with an overview of Rudyard Lake, its history, wildlife and flora and fauna using both interpretive panels and computers. There is no entry charge.
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway: This starts from the car park located about 500 metres south of the damhead. This is a free car park managed by Staffordshire County Council. The railway runs most weekends and weekdays during the summer months. Return train fare prices are: Adult £4.00
Walking: The Staffordshire Way runs along the western side of the lake and forms part of an easy walk around the lake of about five miles.
Shop/café: The new café is located in the Activity Centre and is open from 10am until 6pm at weekends.
We should be able to combine a number of the above activities depending on interest of those attending.
Rudyard Lake is approx. 30 miles from Derby, so for those travelling from Derby, we'll meet up travel there together, as it's more sensible than everyone making their own way there and we can share fuel costs.
I have arranged a meeting point near to Derby City Centre where can meet up and where we can also leave cars.
Anyone that lives along the A52 (Derby to Ashbourne Road) we may be able to pick up along the way ..... depending on the driver to passenger ratio!
If however you would prefer to make your own way there, that's fine.
We will meet in Derby at 10.30am or in the Main Car Park (Visitor Centre) at Rudyard Lake at Midday.
I will e-mail out more details to those attending nearer the time.