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


There is also a thriving Sailing Club located off Reacliffe Road.


Visit for more information.



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


Rudyard Lake Sailing Club by .


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.


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:


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.

Sailing in the lake by Clulow & Wincle.
Sailing in the lake by .

Getting Here

Rudyard Lake Sailing Club

SATNAV: Our postcode is ST13 8RT

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



From the A523 Leek to Macclesfiled road take the B5331 signposted Rudyard. After 1 mile at the mini roundabout turn right up the hill towards Congleton, do not take the right fork immediately after the roundabout into the village. After 0.9 miles and having passed Horton St Michaels first school on your left the road bends right and very sharply left.



Reacliffe Road is the minor turn on the right as the road bends very sharply left. The club is 0.7 miles down Reacliffe road which is a single track private road with a tarmac surface that services over 30 residential properties. Please observe the 10 mph speed limit.





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

Tickets are available from the Ranger’s Office.

Day Sailing / craft Launch

£ 10.00

Day Sailing / craft over 3m

£ 12.00