Activity Centre
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26th February 201512th June 2015

Activity Centre

With the opening of The Visitor’s Centre in 2001 Rudyard Lake received much positive press coverage and relatively local people from places such as Congleton and Macclesfield “rediscovered” the Lake on their doorstep, a place which previously had something of a run down reputation and which many hadn’t bothered to visit for several years. With...

Visitor’s Centre
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19th February 20156th July 2015

Visitor’s Centre

The Rudyard Lake Trust (founded in 1996) has as one of it’s key Objectives ‘to educate the visitors to the area’.  The temporary facilities which were ‘inherited’ consisted of portable cabins to accommodate not only a Visitor’s Centre but the Ranger’s office and shop along with another unit which was a toilet block which stood...

Historical Events
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19th February 201515th September 2016

Historical Events

With the arrival of the North Staffs Railway in 1849 the Directors saw the great potential for Rudyard to become a tourist destination. They invested very heavily in Rudyard, building two stations and purchasing the bailiff’s house and converting it in to a hotel which we still know today as The Hotel Rudyard, originally owned and managed by...

Canoeing
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19th February 201531st May 2015

Canoeing

  Canoeing on Rudyard Lake is growing in popularity all the time; several clubs and outdoor adventure organisations as well as individuals visit the Lake throughout the year. The design of open canoes has not changed very much over the years but the materials from which they are made have certainly advanced allowing them to be...

Hotels and Hostelries
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14th February 201530th May 2015

Hotels and Hostelries

The North Staffs Railway Traffic Committee decided in October 1850 to convert the existing water bailiff’s house into an inn which we know today as the Hotel Rudyard  and also to erect a cottage for the labourers at Rudyard; this is now a private dwelling. In 1869, a Mr Henry Platt took over the tenancy...

Dave Clarke transatlantic rower and sailor
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6th February 20153rd June 2015

Dave Clarke transatlantic rower and sailor

Dave Clarke from Macclesfield came to the Lake in 2007 saying that it was his ambition to row single handed across the Atlantic and that he had ordered a boat for the purpose.  Dave had never rowed before although he had previously crossed the Atlantic single handed in a small sailing boat. His boat duly arrived...

Canals
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5th February 201527th May 2015

Canals

Rudyard reservoir was the fourth reservoir constructed by the Trent and Mersey Canal Company to provide water at the summit of the Caldon branch of the Trent and Mersey canal. Construction of the dam was started in 1797 with John Rennie as consultant and was completed in 1800. A branch canal to Leek from the existing...

Local People
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2nd February 20156th November 2015

Local People

The Rudyard Lake archive has many pictures of the people who have lived round the lake over the years, from the more prominent residents like Fanny Bostock and the Reverend Boothman of Cliffe Park Hall to the ordinary folk in more modest dwellings. Where we know the people in the pictures we have added the...

Flora
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2nd February 201521st May 2015

Flora

Bluebells can be seen in the Spring alongside the old railway track & in the woods off Reacliffe Road on the Western Shore. Where today we have trees alongside the Lake adjacent to the old railway bed there were just low hedges or no trees at all owing to the danger of sparks causing fires...