GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rudyard Lake

4 miles (7 km)

Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large lake in the Staffordshire Moorlands near Leek. Cyclists can cycle the whole of the route apart from a section around the north western area where you need to dismount while crossing private property. The route starts and ends at the visitor centre at the southern end of the lake. It follows good paths along the shoreline and through several long woodland sections, making use of the Staffordshire Way along the western side of the water.
The lake is a great area for wildlife spotting. Look out for Snipe, Redwind and Goldeneye Drake on the water.
If you'd like to continue your exercise then you could head to the nearby Tittesworth Reservoir using the waymarked Staffordshire Moorlands Walks.


ST13 8XB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Rudyard Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Rudyard Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There is a cafe located at the Activity centre where you can enjoy a wide selection of hot and cold meals and snacks overlooking the lake. There's nice outdoor seating here with views over the lake. There's also the Platform 2 cafe at the steam railway train station.

Dog Walking

The lake is a popular spot for dog walking and you will probably see other owners on your outing. Dogs are also welcome at the cafe at the Dam end.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Dinghy Racing on Rudyard Lake - - 618620

Dinghy Racing on Rudyard Lake. Trafalgar Day Racing at Rudyard lake sailing club

Rudyard Lake Station - - 153900

Rudyard Lake Station. Originally a station on the main railway line from Leek, Rudyard has been reopened in recent years as a home to a narrow gauge tourist railway. The line runs for about one and a half miles along the east shore of Rudyard lake.

Rudyard - - 368143

Footbridge over the lake

Rudyard Village - - 153910

A row of houses in the village of Rudyard on the west edge of the Rudyard lake.

Rudyard dam - - 2042149

Rudyard dam

Hunthouse Wood Station - - 3180295

Hunthouse Wood Station


GPS Files

GPX File

Rudyard Lake.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Rudyard Lake.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)