Visit to Rudyard Lake

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.

 

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  • James

    Got to agree with everyone else, great day great people and what a bargain for the food at the end!

    July 28, 2013

  • Emma S

    Agree with all the comments. Thanks for organising and for the lift!

    July 28, 2013

  • craig

    Great day, Great people!! 5* all the way or maybe 3* lol. Nice one Steve!!

    July 28, 2013

  • Ady

    I really enjoyed this day.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful location. Lovely tour around Leek, great walk, even got to meet the local bouncer! Thanks for organising Steve.

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry im having to cancel not very well with no voice :( very gutted

    July 27, 2013

    • Steve

      Hope you're feeling better soon :-)

      July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it too late to join you guys?
    I'm new so be nice lol.

    July 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Steve, I think I may have left it a bit late now as I'm just over an hour away. Hopefully I'll be able to join another meeting in the near future.

      July 27, 2013

    • Steve

      Ok. See you at another event soon :-)

      1 · July 27, 2013

  • Chloe M.

    Ooh, I'd have loved to have joined this excursion! I'll be back in Derby in mid September, so hope to join in things again, best Chloe

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • Steve

    Anyone who wants to still wants to come along today is very welcome but you will have to make your own way there now, as I have sorted out the car sharing/lifts.

    July 27, 2013

  • Diane

    Apologies - dislocated my knee yesterday, was hoping it would be better today but it's worse, so unfortunately won't be able to join you. Have a lovely afternoon!

    July 27, 2013

    • Steve

      Ouch. Sorry to hear that. Hope you're feeling better soon.

      July 27, 2013

  • craig

    Hi Steve,should I have some breakfast first or when I get there??

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am playing a Badminton league match in the morning so I can't make this one. Sorry!

    July 26, 2013

    • Steve

      No worries. See you at another event soon :-)

      July 26, 2013

  • craig

    Hi Steve, will I need to bring a life jacket if I go on a boat? Thanks.

    July 26, 2013

    • Steve

      Yes, because if you carry on asking daft questions, I might just push you in :-)

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Chetna

    Hi Steve and all, I'm sorry I won't be able to make it now :( Have a great day x

    July 26, 2013

    • Steve

      Ok, thanks for letting me know :-)

      July 26, 2013

  • craig

    Hi Steve, will trainers be ok or do I need walking boots? Also Steve will I need an umbrella in case it rains,do you know the weather forecast? Thanks.

    1 · July 26, 2013

    • craig

      Thank you for the 5 star response! Mmmm boots or trainers?

      July 26, 2013

    • Steve

      Depends how lazy you are ;-)

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you at the lake

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Chetna

    Hi I will meet you guys at the Derby meet up point at 10:30am :)

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Count me in :D will there be a meeting point at the lake?

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Steve

      Yes, probably in the car park. I'll send an e-mail round on Friday.

      1 · July 22, 2013

  • Claire S

    Hi Steve. Just wondering what the rough plan is for Sat and whether I need to bring my walking boots and/or a packed lunch? thanks
    Claire

    July 22, 2013

    • Steve

      Hi Claire. The idea really is to keep it as flexible as possible and let people take part in whichever activities they want to on the day, whether that be some or all of them. I guess it will also depend on the weather - there won't be many takers for a 5 mile walk if it's 30 degrees! I'll be putting my boots in my car and playing in by ear when we get there. You can take a packed lunch but there is also a café if you don't want to.

      July 22, 2013

  • James

    Hi I will be driving up there from Burton so if anyone needs a lift I guess I can help

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to join you, sounds and looks bucolic, but I have to work on Saturday. Hope you'll enjoy it, the wheather forecast announces a sunny Saturday. Take care

    July 22, 2013

    • Steve

      That's a shame .... I'll have to ask Marta to give you some Saturdays off :-)

      July 22, 2013

  • John B.

    Anyone going from Nottingham? Spend all week in the car so really don't fancy the drive.

    July 21, 2013

    • John B.

      where can I leave the car parked?

      July 21, 2013

    • Steve

      As it says in the description above, I have arranged a meeting point near to Derby City Centre where can meet up and leave cars. I will e-mail out more details to those attending, the day before.

      July 21, 2013

  • Diane

    I'll make my own way there, thanks.

    July 21, 2013

  • Claire S

    I'll make my own way there direct

    July 20, 2013

  • Debora

    I would prefer to leave my car in Derby and car-sharing.

    July 20, 2013

  • Ady

    Im easy don't mind driving.

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Steve

    Could everyone please leave a comment to say whether they are intending to go directly to Rudyard or whether they want to meet in Derby first. I need to know how many people will be travelling together from Derby, so that I can work out how many drivers we need.

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm happy to meet in derby and to drive (as long as folk want to travel in the yellow peril!)

      1 · July 20, 2013

  • Judith

    I used to live there!

    May 11, 2013

    • Steve

      You'll have to come along and be our guide then :-)

      May 11, 2013

  • Chetna

    Sounds wonderful ;)

    May 7, 2013

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