Normanton, for the iconic Church and Fishing Lodge (LE15 8AH)
Offering a cafe with one of the best views of the water, the Giant bike shop, access to Normanton Church and the respected Fishing Lodge, there are a lot of reasons to visit Normanton.
Normanton Church; A short walk away from the car park is the most famous icon of Rutland Water. Saved from demolition by public appeals, the building is now a beautiful landmark and is used as a venue for weddings, special occasions and concerts.
The Rutland Belle stops here on her route from Whitwell. There is also a refreshment kiosk at the church, and seasonal ice cream van, making is a great stopping point for cyclists and walkers.
Normanton Church is the location for the weekly parkrun, every Saturday at 9am and junior park run every Sunday (see the activities page for more details).
Rutland Cycing: part of the Rutland Cycling group offering bike hire and Giant bike store (Giant is a bike brand, not just a huge store!)
The Waterside Cafe: with spectacular views across Rutland Water and a buffet breakfast from 8am, it’s a firm favourite with fishermen and walkers, also a great stop for coffee and cake or light lunches.
Fishing in Rutland
Rutland Water offers some of the best fishing in the region, if not the UK, and is a true haven for anglers.
Trout in the reservoir can grow up to an amazing 15lbs, and huge Pike, that can grow up to 40lbs, lurk beneath the water. The reservoir not only attracts leisure anglers but also plays host to some top level competitions attracting discerning anglers from far and wide, such as the Anglian Water Airflo International . See Rutland Water’s full fishing competition calendar this link.
Fishing novices need not worry though – fly-fishing tuition is available from a number of professional and friendly local operators, offering everything that’s needed for a day’s fishing. It’s not necessary to bring anything except perhaps some wellie boots! For more information visit:
Rutland Water Fly Fishing Adventures
Rutland Water Fishing Lodge
Remember to obtain your fishing permit from local tackle shops or alternatively from the Vendor Huts at Normanton car park or at Whitwell car park at Rutland Water. In addition to the normal fishing permits needed within Rutland, you can also obtain ‘Predator Permits’ (both annual and daily). These have proved very popular and double-figure Pike, as well as Trout and Zander, are regularly caught at both Grafham and Rutland Waters.
Located at Normanton, The Fishing Lodge is able to supply everything that’s essential to get started in this exciting sport including tuition from professional guides, tackle and motor-boat hire. Gift vouchers are available too.
Eyebrook Reservoir is surrounded by beautiful fields and dotted with spruce and willow trees. This 400 acre water is a mature stream fed reservoir with easily accessible bank and good water levels year round. The water is stocked with Rainbow and Blue Trout as well as the Native Brown Trout. No other watersports take place here, so peaceful fishing is guaranteed.
Greetham Valley Hotel and Golf Course also offers lakes with coarse, Trout and Salmon fishing all on one site! As a guest staying at the Hotel, Lodge or Cottage, you can take advantage of free coarse and Trout fishing on private lakes. Greetham Valley is also home to Britain’s only inland lake Salmon fishing. Will you join others that have caught Salmon up to 30lbs in these waters?
Wing Hall Estate is set amongst acres of glorious Rutland countryside and has two good-sized, well-stocked lakes. Wing Fishing Lakes offer a variety of fishing challenges to all levels and include general Coarse Fish, including Carp (Ghost and Common), Bream and Tench. There are 20 pitches on each lake, offering space and privacy whilst you enjoy a great day’s fishing. The largest reported catch was a 27lbs Carp (locally known as Nessie!) with regular catches of 15lb Carp.
Homeclose Fishery consists of four lakes aimed at the pleasure angler who holds to the more traditional values of fishing. Whether you fancy Tench fishing at dawn or float fishing for Carp, you’ll fall in love with these four traditional reed lined lakes that are dotted with lily beds and overhanging willow trees close to the village of Whissendine. The reed bed filters for each lake ensure a very high level of water quality and healthy fish, allowing you to catch ‘fin perfect’ fish every time.