With one of the largest reservoirs in Europe at its heart, watersports and sailing are a key leisure activity in Rutland.
Whether you’re a novice or an experienced sailor, there’s plenty of friendly help and advice to get you out on the magnificent Rutland Water.
Rutland Watersports Centre is situated near Whitwell Harbour and is a great place to try windsurfing, sailing, canoeing or even corporate team building activities. In addition to professional tuition and equipment hire for all ages, there is also leisure clothing and accessories (by brands including Reef, Kangaroo Poo, Off my Head and Dirty Dog) for sale in the well equipped store. The centre is a RYA and an AALA registered school. Contact Rutland Watersports on 01780 460154.
Rutland Sailing Club offers 3000 acres of safe, non-tidal water. Enjoy club racing and social activities. Learn to improve your sailing skills or simply have fun with family and friends. Professional instruction is given for both adults and younger sailors. The site is also home to Rutland Sailing School and Rutland Sailability.
Aqua Park Rutland is a marvel to behold! One of the largest floating inflatable obstacle courses for an ‘it’s a knock out – style’ challenge, operating at Whitwell Harbour throughout Summer.
Activities on dry land
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, where you can reward yourself with some refreshment.
You can also enjoy activities such as mini golf, birdwatching, walking and running.
There is a weekly parkrun at Rutland Water every Saturday at 9am starting at Normanton Church. Parkrunners can register for free via the parkrun UK website and need to bring a hard copy of their barcode. The parkrun attracts all ages and abilities who walk, jog or run the 3 miles, from babies in buggies to Nordic walkers, there is also provision for all abilities – and everyone is encouraged back to the restaurant for a drink and a chat afterwards. Junior parkrun happens every Sunday, also at Normaton at 9am, but a shorter distance of 2km and lots more cheering! £1 all day parking for park runners on the day.
Enjoy a Leisure Cruise: What better way to relax and unwind than with a cruise around Rutland Water? From Good Friday through to the end of October, the Rutland Belle sets sail daily from Whitwell Harbour on a leisurely cruise around the reservoir.
Visitors can enjoy an audio commentary from the knowledgeable and amiable Captain whilst admiring the views of the county from the water. Refreshments are available on board, with a fully licensed bar, and seating is either under cover or up on deck, weather permitting!
Their Cream Tea Cruises are especially popular and a wonderful way to round off an action packed day!
Special Dawn and Evening Osprey Cruises take place from May to September. These are organised with the help of the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the Birdfair – booking is essential.