Rutland Water is the Playground of the East Midlands with Water Sports, Nature Reserves, Outdoor Adventure Centre, Cycling & Walking
If you're looking for a place to spend a day or two (or week or two!) which will keep everyone entertained, then look no further. At Rutland Water all the family can enjoy a bike ride, with the obligatory ice-cream stop en-route! There are four main car parks around Rutland Water, your daily car park ticket is valid for all these sites and there are toilets at each location. This is is what you can find at each;
Rutland Cycling, with an extensive shop and cycle hire options to enjoy the 25-mile (or 17 mile) circular track, which offers a pleasant day cycling or walking around the water. Now an electric bike centre too!
RockBlok, outdoor adventure centre with rock climbing, tree top high ropes and much more
Rutland Belle, hop on for a leisurely cruise around Rutland Water in Spring & Summer
Rutland Watersports Centre offers activities including sailing, canoeing and windsurfing
The Harbour Cafe Bar, overlooking the Rutland Belle pick-up point
Sykes Lane, Empingham
Rutland Water Beach | Rutland Water Interactive Visitor Centre | Mini Golf Course | Seasonal refreshment kiosk | Children's Adventure Playground | Dog walking area | Seasonal childrens activities
Normanton Church is the most famous icon of Rutland Water, a short walk away from the car park and an idyllic wedding venue.
Rutland Cycling, bike hire and Giant bike store (Giant is a bike brand, not just a huge store!)
Rutland Water Fishing Lodge
Children's Adventure Playground | Seasonal refreshment kiosk |
Other things to do around Rutland Water are:
Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton & Lyndon
Rutland Water nature reserve has two centres:
The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton, where you can find out about the local birds and wildlife, plus visit the many hides.
Lyndon Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre which is the best place to find out about the Rutland Osprey Project.
The British Birdwatching Fair takes place at Egleton on the 3rd weekend in August each year
The Rutland Osprey Project is celebrating it's 20th anniversary and have had 102 ospreys fledge from the area and have eight breeding pairs returning year after year. See these magnificent birds in Spring and Summer
Rutland Water Peninsular, Hambleton
Enjoy a 7 mile stride around the peninsular and take in the lovely views of each side of Rutland Water. This village, which used to be known as Upper Hambleton, survived being flooded due to its elevated position and is home to the renowned Hambleton Hall country house hotel and Michelin starred restaurant. Neighbouring Lower Hambleton is now under water.
Sailing, Edith Weston
There is a sailing club and sailing school at Rutland Water set in a 13 acre site with over 3000 acres of sheltered waters to enjoy. Professional instruction is given for both adults and yonger sailors.
Many say that the outlook at this site offers the best view of Rutland Water.
Please note that parking is limited here.
Dogs: are welcome at all the Rutland Water Park sites excluding the nature reserve areas at Egleton and Lyndon. Please note that they must be kept on a lead and are not permitted in the water. There is a designated dog walking area at Sykes Lane car park where they can run free in a secure area, as long as you clean up after them.
BBQ's: Rutland Water Park allows BBQ’s on site, excluding the nature reserve areas at Egleton and Lyndon, but only BBQ’s that do not leave a mark or scorch the grass. Disposable BBQ's are only permitted on the metal stands provided. The rule is, as long as there is no trace of the BBQ after you have left, and you have cold water available for safety, then it’s fine.
Sports on Rutland Water
Rutland Water has an internationally respected reputation for fantastic sailing & trout fishing and numerous competitions and events for these sports take place at the reservoir throughout the year.
The reservoir also caters expertly for visitors, and beginners or novices are welcome to try any number of exhilarating activities during a holiday in Rutland. Have lessons in fly fishing, sailing, kayaking & windsurfing. Or bring your own equipment and enjoy your favourite watersport in the picturesque surroundings.
Cycling around Rutland Water is a favourite activity amongst locals and visitors, the off road circular route is 23 miles - or you can miss out the peninsular to make it 17 miles. Cycle hire is available from Whitwell and Normanton, or bring your own bike and enjoy one of the best cycle routes in England. There are some excellent pubs en-route, such as The Horse & Jockey at Manton where you can reward yourself with some refreshment.
Relax at Rutland Water
Away from action packed sports, the attractive setting of the reservoir in 3,100 acres of countryside, lends itself perfectly to a relaxing summers picnic spot, a leisurely stroll along the shore or a nap in a deck chair. If you enjoy an outdoor picnic, Rutland Water has plenty of picnic tables around the key sites.
View a Pocket Guide to Attractions in Rutland including a map of Rutland Water
For further information about Rutland Water and to enquire about the money saving Anglian Water Activity Pass, contact the Tourist Information Centre at Sykes Lane, Empingham;
The Rutland Water car parks have a barrier ticket system, prices are:
Up to 15 minutes No charge
Up to 1 hour £1.50
Up to 3 hours £3
All Day Pass £6 (allows free movement to all Rutland Water Car Parks)
Annual pass £40
Parking for Motorhomes
The barriers at park entrances allow for the additional height of motorhomes so you should not experience any difficulties entering and exiting our car parks.
Please observe the car parking charges which are equal for motorhomes.
Please be aware of the car parking closing times as overnight parking is not permitted.
Rutland Water Park is open every day except Christmas Day and most attractions and activities are available every day from Good Friday until 31st October, when reduced hours are advertised. Barnsdale car park is closed 1st November to 1st March, but all others are open throughout the year. Site closing times are advertised at car park entrances - a guideline would suggest between 9am and dusk. Please contact any Anglian Water Visitor Centre for more information. Vehicles that remain in the car park after closing time will be locked on site until the following morning.