largest Artificial Lake in Europe!
Rutland Water is the largest man-made lake in Europe! It was constructed in 1976 and was known as Empingham Reservoir while it was under construction.
It is set within an amazing 3,100 acres of land surrounded by stunning Rutland countryside. The reservoir supplies the driest and most densely populated areas of the UK with reserve water.
The lake is now a hive of adventurous activity with a whole range of exciting fun things you can do.
Two courses are available which are the 18 hole championship Normanton course and nine par 3 holes, located over on the Hambleton course. You will also find a driving range plus chipping and putting greens to practice on.
On-site you able to hire clubs, equipment and golf buggies. If you are looking to make a weekend of it there are 8 luxurious double and twin rooms available to book.
There is also one large self-catering cottage all with lovely en-suite bathrooms.
Whether you are a professional golfer looking to enjoy a good game or just starting out and wanting to fine-tune your golfing skills we are sure you will love this course; after all, who wouldn’t with the stunning views of the lake in the background?!
Located on the North side of the lake in the village of Whitwell you will find an aqua park with a twist!
Rutland Water Aqua Park is a freshwater obstacle course with some of the most exciting inflatable water slides in the UK!
Bounce on trampolines, run across rockers or rollers, balance along the inflatable bars and much more all in the lakes natural water!
There is even an area for you adrenaline junkies that love to take things a bit more extreme.
Visitors can enjoy the park from May until the end of September and it even stays open in the rain!
They will only close if there is a thunderstorm or dangerous winds. Sessions last an hour and need to be pre-booked.
Why not take a picnic and make a full day of it! It’s just as fun watching people attempting the obstacle course just as it is participating.
In Egleton is Rutland Nature Reserve and Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre.
There are also over 30 bird watching stations situated along the West banks.
It covers 1000 acres of water and is world famous! It is an important sanctuary in the United Kingdom home to over more than 25,000 waterfowl!
In 2001 they launched the Rutland Osprey Project, breeding Ospreys in England for the first time in 150 years!
Ospreys can be seen fishing on the lake from April to September. In 2015 they also opened a volunteer training centre to help people learn about the wildlife and to train.
On-site there is a lovely little gift shop and also a cafe selling refreshments.
Along the Southeast side of the lake in Normanton, you will find Rutland Water Fishing Lodge.
Rutland Water has become one of the most popular places in the UK to fish! People travel from all over just to experience fishing here since It is known as one of the best places to fish Trout!
Each year there is also an international fly-fishing championship on the lake. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fisher there is something for you here, have a go at fly fishing or boat handling.
Predator fishing also takes part on the lake or you can book on one of the beginner courses.
There is a tackle shop on site so you don’t need to worry if you run out of supplies or anything.
Walking and Cycling
Rutland Water is a joy to cycle around, the track is fantastic with breathtaking views.
Every year in April the Rutland to Melton International CiCLE Race takes place here. Its the largest Elite cycle race in the UK and enthusiasts come from all over Europe to join the race.
Guests can bring their own bikes or hire one from the cycle shop which is located in Whitwell.
Rutland Cycling has a great range of high-quality mountain bikes, helmets, kids bikes, bike seats, trailers and much more.
Hire prices to start from as little as £9.99 for a child bike.
The route is 17 miles or 23 miles if you include the peninsular, there are some fabulous stops along the route.
Along the route there are cafes plus In Manton, you will find a lovely country pub, The Horse and Jockey.
Picnics are also welcome.
Rutland Watersports centre is located on Bull Brigg Lane in Whitwell.
Visitors to the centre are able to take part in a number of different water sports. Rutland Watersports Center offers sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and also hosts events throughout the year.
Day courses and activities are run by the centre for all ages. On-site there is a shop where you can purchase essentials or you can hire equipment if you prefer.