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Rutland Water


Cycling around Rutland Water is probably the most popular thing to do in Rutland. The route is an AA-recommended bike ride and is one of the most picturesque waterside routes in the country. The route is 22 miles and is a mixture of stone paths and tarmac. The smooth, shoreline track is gentle and family-friendly, with only a few sections on (quiet) roads and a handful of minor slopes. There are numerous watering holes along the route and 2 cycle shops.

Rutland water is the largest man-made lake in Western Europe. The lake has become a Water Sports and outdoor adventure centre, Nature Reserve with resident Ospreys, and excellent for cycling or walking.

One of the easiest ways to see the lake is to take a cruise.The boat trips runs from April to October and you can listen to commentary, pointing out the points of interest on the beautiful Rutland Water. Rutland Water Cruises is a family business that has provided a passenger boat service and run public boat trips in Rutland for many years.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

The Rutland Water nature reserve is a site of Special Scientific Interest, designated as a European Special Protection Area and internationally recognised as a globally important wetland RAMSAR site. The site regularly holds in excess of 20,000 waterfowl and pride and joy is the successful Rutland Osprey Project which in 2001 celebrated the first Osprey chick to fledge in Central England for 150 years.

Currently several pairs of Ospreys breed in and around Rutland Water and are regularly seen fishing over the reservoir from April to September. Michael Palin mentions these birds in his book Sahara as the birds are tagged and have been seen and recorded travelling to Senegal in Africa.

The Reserve occupies shore line and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water Reservoir and covers a total area of 1000 acres. There are currently 31 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centres with experts to help you with identification.

Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre - Oakham

There are many birds on display here and it is possible to stroll  into the various habitats via grassy woodland walks and open field perimeter tracks. The centre is a great place to simply sit and listen to the birdsong and enjoy a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The centre will enable you to get close to many birds of prey, watch them in-flight during demonstrations (weather permitting), and take fantastic photos. The centre is a natural haven for wildlife and if you take binoculars you could catch a glimpse of the many fallow deer, foxes, badgers and other mammals in the area.  

Rutland Watersports Centre

Rutland Watersports Centre is on the north shore of Rutland Water Park near Whitwell Harbour and is a great place to try windsurfing, sailing and canoeing. This is a day sailing centre owned and operated by Anglian Water and the centre is a RYA and an AALA registered school. A range of craft is available for hire or it is possible to launch your own but you can only launch when the centre is open.

Rutland Caravan and Camping Site

Rutland Caravan and Camping Site is a family run holiday site adjacent to to the village of Greetham and is the perfect location to explore the picturesque villages and towns in Rutland.

There are many walking routes such as the Viking way, a selection of traditional pubs & restaurants and excellent golf courses all nearby.

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