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 Rudyard Near Leek

Rudyard is a small village which is just over 2 miles north west of Leek and is probably most famous for giving its name to Rudyard Kipling. Kipling’s parents fell in love with Rudyard so much during their courtship that they decided to name their son Rudyard. Rudyard itself gets its name from Ralph Rudyard who is reputed to have slain Richard III at Bosworth. There are many attractions to see while visiting Rudyard, the lake (reservoir) which feeds the local canal system is 2.5 miles long, it has sailing and rowing boats for hire or you can steam up the lake in a rather antiquated steamboat, there is also some excellent fishing. A narrow gauge steam railway with 1.3 miles of track runs from the car park along the side of the lake as far as Hunthouse wood, there are intermediate stops allowing you to alight and explore the area before catching a return train. Many interesting walks exist around Rudyard and with two local hostelries no one need go home hungry or thirsty.

Tony Smith 1998

‘Lady of the Lake’

Photograph Tony Smith

Yachts in the early morning mist.

Photograph Tony Smith

View down the lake in the early morning sun.
Photograph Tony Smith
One of Rudyard’s narrow gauge steam locomotives preparing to haul passengers along the 1.3 mile track from the car park to Hunthouse wood. Steam hauled trains run every Saturday and Sunday, plus bank holidays.

Photograph Tony Smith

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