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Sailing at Rudyard Lake

Rudyard is a popular venue for sailing. Day launching is available at the Dam Head.


Moorings for sailing cruisers (subject to availability) are located at the Dam Head. Fully accessible sailing facilities are also available.


Day sailors are most welcome to launch from the public slipway adjacent to the dam at the southern end of the lake for a small daily launch fee payable via the Ranger’s office at the Activity Centre. Sailors must produce evidence of third party liability insurance for their craft.


Lake moorings are also provided at the southern end of the lake, subject to availability, along with wall moorings. For further information, please contact the Ranger’s office.

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day sailing prices

The following prices are for day sailing, launching from the Public Slipway at the Dam End.

  • £10.00
  • £12.00

Rudyard Lake Sailing Club

There is also a thriving Sailing Club located off Reacliffe Road, visit for more information.


The club is situated about half way up the southwesterly shore of Rudyard Lake.

Rudyard Lake Sailability

Sailing for people living with disability.


A charity that helps to enable children and adults living with disabilities to enjoy sailing and some water based activities at Rudyard Lake.

Sailing History

It was as late as 1956 that an organised sailing club (Rudyard Lake Sailing Club) was formed, initially using a member’s private chalet. The club soon outgrew that area and in 1958, with support from British Waterways (now the Canal and River Trust), moved into the Lodge, which stands behind the current clubhouse on Reacliffe Road on the west shore.

HRH Princess Anne officially opened the new building in 2003…

Eventually a new clubhouse was constructed in front of the Lodge and the beach area cleared to allow further expansion of the club. By 2000, plans were underway to construct a new clubhouse with much improved facilities, especially with regards to the needs of disabled sailors. HRH Princess Anne officially opened the new building in 2003. The Club has various levels of membership and has a thriving junior section; for more information visit:

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