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Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery
Our photo gallery features some stunning photos from around Rudyard, many thanks to Alex and Emma Reay for our latest additions.
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Wild About Fishing
Wild About Fishing is an innovative project based at the lake.
Wild About Fishing
Rudyard Lake Trust and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are working in partnership to deliver the project, which combines angling with nature conservation.
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Photo Gallery


We're keen to hear from all you budding photographers out there... please send us your photos of Rudyard Lake and the surrounding area for publication in our new photo gallery. We'd like to see pictures of all the different parts of the lake and its surroundings, flora and fauna, after all there are over 5 miles of shoreline.

Photographs are all about light, and being there at the right time!

Happy snapping!


Our latest gallery update features some great photos from all around the lake. The pictures were taken by Alex Reay and sent in by Emma Reay.

Photo Gallery - Alex Reay (September 2014) Photographer: Alex Reay (September 2014) Photo Gallery - Alex Reay (September 2014) Photographer: Alex Reay (September 2014) Photo Gallery - Alex Reay (September 2014) Photographer: Alex Reay (September 2014) Photo Gallery - Alex Reay (September 2014) Photographer: Alex Reay (September 2014) Photo Gallery - Alex Reay (September 2014) Photographer: Alex Reay (September 2014)

Taken by Gina Titterton, this is a beautiful photo of the lake lit up in the evening on a warm summer's night.

Photo Gallery - Gina Titterton (July 2014) Photographer: Gina Titterton (July 2014)

The pictures below are from Sally Lowe, who captured the lake in all its late Summer glory.

Photo Gallery - Sally Lowe (September 2013) Photographer: Sally Lowe (September 2013) Photo Gallery - Sally Lowe (September 2013) Photographer: Sally Lowe (September 2013) Photo Gallery - Sally Lowe (September 2013) Photographer: Sally Lowe (September 2013) Photo Gallery - Sally Lowe (September 2013) Photographer: Sally Lowe (September 2013)

The pictures below were taken by Charlie Shaw, aged 13 from Macclesfield. Charlie said, "I got some good photos from your lake the previous week... hope you like them." Well, we certainly do Charlie!

Photo Gallery - Charlie Shaw (June 2013) Photographer: Charlie Shaw (June 2013) Photo Gallery - Charlie Shaw (June 2013) Photographer: Charlie Shaw (June 2013) Photo Gallery - Charlie Shaw (June 2013) Photographer: Charlie Shaw (June 2013)

The picture below was taken by Diane Cubbin on what must have been a very cold day!

Photo Gallery - Diane Cubbin (February 2012) Photographer: Diane Cubbin (February 2012)

This picture, taken by Andy Seadon, shows the spillway at Rudyard running for the first time in over 50 years just as it was built to do when designed in 1797 by consultant engineer John Rennie. Thanks to the restoration work undertaken by many volunteers including a team from Cooperative Financial Services and assistance from British Waterways, the "Rudyard Waterfall" is running again... along with the help of the wettest Summer on record!

Photo Gallery - Andy Seadon (July 2012) Photographer: Andy Seadon (July 2012)

The picture below was taken by Graham Worth, who says "I've driven past the lake many, many times but have never seen anything quite like this! I've also searched extensively on the internet and could find no example or explanation for this phenomena."

Having investigated the effect, it's a very rare site, probably once in a lifetime that happened during January of this year. We are advised by the British Antarctic Survey Team that it is caused by dry snow falling on ice and then freezing.

Photo Gallery - Graham Worth (January 2012) Photographer: Graham Worth (January 2012)

The winner of our photo competition in 2007 was Cliff Beardmore with his superb picture of runners along the old railway track. Cliff has captured a great atmosphere in his “Runner's” picture; the light catching the rail track draws your eye in to the picture and as it's taken early morning the mist adds to the drama. Take the figures out of this picture and it would become ordinary.

Photo of the Month - Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photographer: Cliff Beardmore (November 2007)

The runner up was Trevor Lewis with his lovely picture of sunrise from the Jetty. Trevor has got up early to take the “Sunrise over the dam” shot. This picture is enhanced by the frost on the jetty the lovely line of cloud reflecting the sunlight, and the position and detail of the boats.

Photo of the Month - Trevor Lewis (December 2007) Photographer: Trevor Lewis (December 2007)

Other selected photos

Photo of the Month - Richard Howle (November 2007) Photographer: Richard Howle (November 2007) Photo of the Month - Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photographer: Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photo of the Month - Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photographer: Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photo of the Month - Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photographer: Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photo of the Month - Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photographer: Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photo of the Month - Cliff Beardmore (November 2007) Photographer: Mark Cooper (November 2007) Photo of the Month - Mark Cooper (November 2007) Photographer: Mark Cooper (November 2007) Photo of the Month - Richard Howle (Firework Display 2007) Photographer: Richard Howle (Firework Display 2007) Photo of the Month - Richard Howle (Firework Display 2007) Photographer: Richard Howle (Firework Display 2007) Photo of the Month - Keith Dellar (September 2007) Photographer: Keith Dellar (September 2007) Photo of the Month - Keith Dellar (September 2007) Photographer: Keith Dellar (September 2007) Photo of the Month - Steward Ellett (September 2007) Photographer: Steward Ellett (September 2007) Photo of the Month - Steward Ellett (September 2007) Photographer: Steward Ellett (September 2007)
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What's on

Firework & Light show

This year's annual show is on Saturday November 1st with tickets available from the Ranger's office now. Tickets priced £6 for adult, £4 for under 16's, under 5's free.


Fishing at Rudyard
Fishing at Rudyard
Picture: 30lb 1oz Pike caught on Rudyard by Mike Milton, Sunday 17th February 2013. For more information on fishing at Rudyard click here.

Nature Corner
Nature Corner
Our new feature which brings you a month by month report on what's been spotted on the lake. Read more

Meet the neighbours
There is a wealth of wildlife living near the shores of Rudyard Lake... Read more