Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent

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Westport Lake
Westport Lake view.jpg
Looking across the lake
Westport Lake is located in Staffordshire
Westport Lake
Westport Lake
LocationStoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
grid reference SJ 855 502
Coordinates53°2′53″N 2°12′53″W / 53.04806°N 2.21472°W / 53.04806; -2.21472Coordinates: 53°2′53″N 2°12′53″W / 53.04806°N 2.21472°W / 53.04806; -2.21472
Max. length0.38 kilometres (0.24 mi)
Max. width0.32 kilometres (0.20 mi)
WebsiteWestport Lake

Westport Lake is a lake and local nature reserve in Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, England, about 0.8 miles (1.3 km) south of Tunstall. It is alongside the Trent and Mersey Canal.

It is owned by the Canal and River Trust, and is operated by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.[1]

There is a visitor centre, with a café and lakeside balcony. The centre has conference facilities.[2] Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has two visitor centres; the other is the Wolseley Centre near Rugeley.[3]

The lake is the largest expanse of water in Stoke-on-Trent.[1] There is a level footpath of about 1 mile (1.6 km) around the lake. There is waterfowl on the lake, and it is an overwintering site for many species.[2]

History[edit]

In the 1890s the lake was developed as a pleasure resort, but it later became a wasteland. It was an early landscape regeneration project of Stoke-on-Trent; it was opened in 1972 as a recreation and conservation area.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Westport Lake" Canal and River Trust. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Westport Lake Visitor Centre" Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Our visitor centres" Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent" Staffordshire Past Track. Retrieved 15 August 2019.