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Rutland Water

Rutland Water map

Rutland Water is the Playground of the East Midlands with Water Sports, Nature Reserves, Outdoor Adventure Centre, Cycling & Walking

Family Activities

If you're looking for a place to spend a day 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 of these, there are toilets at each location. This is what you can find at the Anglian Water car parks;


Rutland Watersports raft buildingRutland Cycling, with shop and cycle hire to enjoy the 25-mile (or 17 mile) circular track which offers a pleasant day cycling or walking around the water.
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
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 Interactive Visitor Centre | Mini Golf Course | Seasonal refreshment kiosk | Children's Adventure Playground | Dog walking area | Seasonal childrens activities


Cycling and Walking at Rutland Water
Normanton Church is the most famous icon of Rutland Water, a short walk away from the car park.
Rutland Cycling, bike hire and Giant bike store (Giant is a bike brand, not just a huge store!)
Rutland Water Fishing Lodge
Italian Restaurant


Children's Adventure Playground | Seasonal refreshment kiosk | Drought Gardens & Arboretum

Other things to do around Rutland Water are:

Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton & Lyndon

Rutland OspreyRutland 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 in August each year: 17th-19th 2012.

Rutland Water Peninsular, Hambleton

Enjoy a stroll around the peninsular and take in the lovely views of each side of Rutland Water. This village survived being flooded due to its elevated position and is home to the renowned Hambleton Hall country house hotel and Michelin starred restaurant.

Sailing, Edith Weston

Sailing Experience Rutland 8 YachtsThere is a sailing club and sailing school at Rutland Water.
You can go on sailing experiences with Rutland 8 Yachts here. 
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 – so no disposable BBQ’s that scorch the grass. The rule is, as long as there is no trace of the BBQ after you have left, 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 and the Finch's Arms in Hambleton 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; 

Tel: 01780 686800 or email or visit

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