The Rudyard Lake Railway is one of the UK’s finest heritage steam railways, providing a train trip along Rudyard Lake and a great family day out. It uses narrow gauge steam engines, which are equivalent to about half the size of a normal narrow gauge railway, with 10.25-inch gauge tracks. Trains have covered coaches and run whatever the weather. The lake was developed by the North Staffordshire Railway to offer days out to the workers of the Midlands and North West. It was recently named as the third most romantic spot in the UK.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct plus Santa pre-Christmas, daily 11-4 (Oct & Mar 11-3)
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About the area
It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.
In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.
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