Rutland Water Beach

Pack a picnic and your bucket and spade and head to Rutland Water beach. Located at Rutland Water’s North Shore, Rutland Water beach provides 140 metres of sandy shoreline and a 2,800m2 area for you to paddle and swim in. Please bear in mind the beach is seasonal and is only operational in the summer months.

When can I visit?

The bathing and swimming area at Sykes Lane beach is currently CLOSED

Opening date: The bathing and swimming area opens in July and August.

Please stay out of the water outside the designated opening periods.

Peak beach usage changes

The Beach at Sykes Lane, (post code LE15 8QL) is one of Rutland Water's most popular attractions and on hot days does get VERY, VERY busy.

To ensure the site runs smoothly, that traffic keeps moving and that we can provide the appropriate levels of facilities we adjust our operations during hot periods of weather and at our busiest times. 

During busy periods you can expect to see:

  • Increased staff presence
  • Increased toilet facilities
  • Increased first aid and medical facilities on site
  • Car park stewards
  • Overflow car park areas may be in use which are a short walk from the beach

To help us ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible we ask that you:

  • Listen to the directions of our stewards, they are here to help
  • Listen to the safety instructions of our lifeguards
  • Raise all BBQ's off the grass
  • Swim only in designated life guarded area
  • Keep a close eye on your children, it's easy for them to become separated in a crowd





Peak beach usage parking

Please Note 

During our peak beach usage operations we may use all areas of car parking available including red over flow areas marked below.

Overflow A is our main over flow car park and is a 15 minute walk from the beach. When Overflow A is used please expect:

  • A very, very busy Beach and site amenities
  • Approx. 10-15 minute walk from the car park to the beach  
  • Only Blue Badge holders will be allowed to the main car park areas while Overflow A is in use 
  • We will use Overflow A until we are confident any further traffic can be parked in the main area 
  • Car Parking is charged on entry per car. Please have payment ready so we can get you and others in as quickly as possible.

  • There are no additional charges for annual permit holders - please have your permit ready

Overflow at Sykes Lane


Who can visit the beach?

Everyone! Except dogs. There are plenty of other dog-friendly locations at Rutland Water for your pooch to enjoy!

For your safety:

The safety of visitors to our beach is important to us. Which is why we have trained lifeguards on watch throughout the summer season. We also regularly check the wind speed and direction as well as water temperature throughout the summer season to ensure the conditions are right.

We have also posted safety signage around the beach – do be sure to pay attention to it – it’s important!

View our beach safety signage, including what the different flags mean, below.


Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.