Built in the 1970s to supply water to the East Midlands and originally named 'Empingham reservoir', Rutland Water is now Rutland's most popular tourist attraction, offering activities for all ages. The attractive 3,100 acre reservoir has an international reputation for providing a balance of sport, leisure and wildlife conservation and offers everyone the opportunity to try something new. You can try sports such as windsurfing, rock-climbing or canoeing, hire a dinghy, bicycle or fishing boat, visit the Egleton and Lyndon nature reserves, or just relax by the water and watch the action around the 25 mile shoreline. Use the links on the left to browse information about the activities and attractions at Rutland Water or visit www.anglianwaterleisure.co.uk for the official Rutland Water pages.
For other Rutland attractions please see www.discover-rutland.co.uk
Covering 3,100 acres, Rutland Water is the largest lowland man made lake in Western Europe. The Rutland Water Cycle Way offers some of the best casual leisure cycling in the country, for the most part following waterside tracks offering splendid views of the reservoir, and Hambleton Peninsula. The clearest information on the route is shown on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map number 234 (W). Outline maps of the route can be found on the websites of Anglian Water and Rutland Cycling (Cycle Hire).
For further information and a leaflet on Rutland Water please contact Sykes Lane Tourist Information Centre on tel. no. 01572 653026, or alternatively pop in to your local Tourist Information Centre. For information on cycle hire and a free leaflet contact Rutland Water Cycling on tel. 01780 460705.
For more information on cycling around Rutland and details of cycle hire go to Rutland Cycling
Cruises on the Rutland Belle enable visitors to enjoy the sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest (hearing loop available in lower salon). Rutland Belle can carry up to 110 passengers at any one time, with accommodation for 60 in two covered all-weather saloons. Drinks are available on board, and pre-cruise dinners are available at the noel.
Trips depart from Whitwell and Normanton (disabled access from Whitwell).
Open from April to October.
For fares and timetable please see www.rutlandwatercruises.com
Why not treat yourself or a loved one to a special hot air balloon trip with Virgin Balloons? The launch site is just across the water from us and you can book your trip by clicking on the image.