Rutland Water is the perfect destination for a fun day out from your hotel or guesthouse in Rutland, whether you’re with the family, friends or on your own. There are loads of bike tracks in the area, and in summer the ice cream sellers are out in full force. If you’re driving here yourself from your Rutland hotel there are numerous car parks around the reservoir and you can use the same daily parking ticket for all of them. With public toilets at each location you’ll be all set for a great day out.
Rutland Hotels for Rutland Water Wildlife
Rutland Water Nature Reserve is very popular with wildlife enthusiasts from across the county and farther afield. It’s divided between the Lyndon Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, HQ of the Rutland Osprey Project, and Egleton’s Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, which has the most number of hides. Remember to bring along your binoculars and you’ll have a great educational day out watching many rare and protected species of birds in their natural environment.
The Sporting Life at Rutland Water
Rutland Water has an international reputation for world-class trout fishing and sailing. The authorities here stage a range of events and competitions throughout the year and spectators are always welcome. There are many activities on offer for the general public too, including lessons for all levels of ability in kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and fly fishing. If you have your own equipment then by all means bring it along with you, but you can also hire everything you need from local retailers. Cycling is also hugely popular and your Rutland hotel or guesthouse can provide more information.
Relaxing Around Rutland Water
Rutland Water is also a great place to simply relax and enjoy the pleasant rural surroundings. The reservoir is set in more than 3000 acres of unspoilt countryside and makes the perfect destination for a picnic. Many hotels and B&Bs in Rutland will provide a packed lunch by arrangement, which you can then enjoy at any of the numerous picnic tables at the site. There are numerous other attractions close by such as historic Normanton church, Rutland Water’s icon.