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Rutland Water is one corner of England where you're guaranteed a knock-out ornithological experience.

This waterway is bird-tastic particularly in spring with Ospreys, Cormorants and Nightingales.

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Waterways are a great place to see wildlife from a very different perspective especially during spring.

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  • Go bat watching in Northern Ireland or try Osprey spotting at Rutland Water.

Rutland Water - Visitor Guide


Rutland Water, Egleton Road, Egleton, near Oakham, Rutland.

Postcode LE15 8
Telephone:Reserve - 01572 770651
Rutland Belle cruises - 01572 787630
Fax:Reserve - 01572 755931


Rutland Belle cruises -

Location map: Wildlife Trust site map of Rutland Water
Ordnance Survey:OS grid reference SK877079
Key attractions:

Rutland Belle cruise - evenings. Price £15. Book in advance by phoning the Birdwatching Centre - 01572 770651.


Details of cruises on the Ospreys website

Essential kit:

Binoculars for bird watching. Walking shoes.

Nature watching:

Bird watching centre and hides. Nature reserves.
Rutland Belle water cruise.


Egleton Bird Watching Centre (west of Rutland Water) - ideal for spotting Ospreys and other water birds.


Lyndon Reserve - variety of birds.


Disabled access areas at Egleton Reserve - see site map above for exact locations.

Getting there:

The reserve is located south east of Oakham in Rutland.

If travelling from the west, take the A6003 from Uppingham or Oakham. If approaching from the east, take the road from Stamford (A606/A1).


Train - Oakham station (2 miles away).


Free parking at Egleton Bird Watching Centre.

Opening times:

Egleton Reserve - open daily all year from 9am to 5pm (4pm between November-February). Closed Christmas and Boxing Day.

Lyndon Reserve - open daily from 10am to 4pm except Monday from Easter to the end of October. November to Easter - open at weekends and Bank Holidays only. Closed Christmas and Boxing Day.


Day rate: Adults £4.00; senior citizens £3.00, children under 16/student union card holders £2.00, disabled people and carers £2.00.

Afternoon permits (from November to February): £1 off normal prices.

The Anglian Water Explorer Permit is available for more regular visitors - £35 per family.


All of the above rates provide access to both reserves.


Rutland Belle cruises cost £15 per person.

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