Rutland Water is the playground of the East Midlands with Water Sports, Nature Reserves, Outdoor Adventure Centre, Cycling & Walking facilities
If you're looking for a place to spend a day or two (or a 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 or cosy pub lunch en-route! There are four main car parks (with toilet facilities) around Rutland Water and a daily car park ticket is valid at all 4 sites. This is is what you can find at each:
Rutland Cycling: an extensive cycle shop with bike hire options to enjoy the 25-mile (or optional 17 mile) circular nature trail. You’ll enjoy a pleasant day cycling or walking in a stunning countryside setting with beautiful views across Rutland Water. Rutland Cycling have a variety of bikes for hire including easy riding cruisers, lightweight hybrids, mountain bikes, tandems, children's cycles, buggies for toddlers and electric bikes.
RockBlok: exciting outdoor adventure centre with Rock Climbing, Treetop High Ropes, Abseiling and much more
Rutland Belle: hop on for a leisurely cruise around Rutland Water with this family run service from April to October
Rutland Watersports Centre: a thriving and popular club with tuition on hand for sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. The Club Shop has everything you need to buy and hire to make your day on the water a success. Check out the Club Race Calendar!
The Harbour Cafe Bar: overlooking the Rutland Belle pick-up point, for refreshments, meals and socialising.
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: a short walk away from the car park is the most famous icon of Rutland Water. Saved from the water and open to the public on selected dates it has become a sought after venue for romantic weddings, special occasions and concerts.
Rutland Cycling: part of the Rutland Cycling group offering bike hire and Giant bike store (Giant is a bike brand, not just a huge store!)
Rutland Water Fishing Lodge: Europe's premier trout fishery offering 3100 acres of fly fishing. Boats available to hire on request.
Italian Restaurant: Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with spectacular views across Rutland Water
Children's Adventure Playground | Seasonal refreshment kiosk |
Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton & Lyndon
Rutland Water nature reserve has two centres: The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton, you can discover a huge variety of birds and wildlife and visit the many hides. And 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 in 2017 and have had 102 Ospreys fledge from the area. 8 breeding pairs return year after year to their Rutland Water home. 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 whilst neighbouring Lower Hambleton is now under water. Hambleton is home to the renowned Hambleton Hall Country House Hotel and Michelin starred restaurant.
Sailing, Edith Weston
There is a sailing club and sailing school at Rutland Water set in a 13 acre site with over 3,000 acres of sheltered waters to enjoy. Professional instruction is given for both adults and younger sailors. Many say that the outlook at this site offers the best view of Rutland Water.
Please note that parking is limited at this location.
Sports on Rutland Water
Rutland Water has an internationally respected reputation for fantastic sailing & trout fishing with numerous competitions and events that take place at the reservoir throughout the year.
The reservoir also caters expertly for visitors, beginners or novices and all are welcome to try any number of exhilarating activities during a holiday in Rutland. Experience lessons in fly fishing, sailing, kayaking & windsurfing or, alternatively, 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 Summer picnic spot, a leisurely stroll along the shore or a nap in a deck chair. Rutland Water has plenty of picnic tables around the key sites and if the weather turns, there are plenty of cosy Pubs and Inns to rest tired feet and fill empty tummies!
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.
For further information about Rutland Water and to enquire about the money saving Anglian Water Activity Pass, contact the Visitor Centre at Sykes Lane, Empingham; Tel: 01780 686800 or email email@example.com or visit www.anglianwater.co.uk
Rutland Water Parking & Opening Information
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 £3.50
Over 3 hours £6 (allows free movement to all Rutland Water Car Parks)
Annual pass £45
Parking for Motorhomes: The barriers at park entrances allow for the additional height of motorhomes, so you shouldn’t 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 park 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.