Rutland Water Visitor Information

Whether you are coming for a quick run around the reservoir, or making a day of it, we want to help you properly plan your trip. Rutland Water is a big place so please have a look at our map before you come.

*** VISITOR INFORMATION - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June ***

This weekend sees the return of the Rutland 10k Run and Dambuster Triathlon. 

If you are visiting us this weekend, please be aware there will be some changes to visitor areas & car park layouts to accomodate the race course, specifically at Whitwell & Sykes Lane. 

Please wacth out for athletes particpating in the race when using teh sites as it will be very busy. 

We recommend using Normanton car Park if you wish to avoid the event. 

Sunday 23rd June; The Dambuster triathlon is a closed road bike course, therefore please note of local road closures when visiting, with no access to Whitwell car park until between 6:30am & 9:00am

Where can I find more information when I visit?

Our teams will be more than happy to help you while you are visiting us. Do call into our main Visitor Centre at Sykes Lane, where you can pick up a free map, find out more about Rutland Water and our history, browse our shop packed full of gifts and souvenirs. You can of course contact us or pop into any of our centres as detailed below.

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Group Visits

Rutland Water welcomes well behaved pre-booked groups. Groups are defined as a gathering of 15 or more people. So that we can manage the park effectively we ask that all groups pre-book their visit using the Group Visit Request Form below. Group charges of £3.00 per person apply prior to group visit.

Please return completed forms to (please state Rutland in your subject)

Please note: Alcohol, music and litter are not permitted at Rutland Water and all groups must have left site by the advertised car park lock times.

A full list of our byelaws can be found here

Rutland Water - Group Visit Request Form

Rutland Water - Group Visit Request Form

Whitwell - Watersports


Tel: 01780 460154 Postcode: LE15 8BL

Opening hours below: For Last hire times see Watersports page

  • April - 9am - 6pm
  • May to August - 9am - 7pm
  • September - 9am - 6pm
  • October - 9am - 5pm
  • November - 9am - 4pm (Closed Tues & Wed)
  • December to February - 9am - 3pm (Closed Tues & Wed)
  • **21st December to 1st January open every day (Closed Christmas Day).
  • March - 9am - 3pm (Closed Tues & Wed)

Normanton - Fishing Lodge


Tel: 01780 686441 Postcode: LE15 8HD

Opening hours below:

  • March to September - 8am - 5pm
  • October - 8am - 4pm
  • November - 8am - 2pm
  • December & January - 8am - 1pm (January closed Monday)
  • February - 9am - 1pm (closed Monday and Tuesday)
  • Closed Christmas Day


Sykes Lane - Visitor Centre

Email: (please state Rutland in your subject)

Tel: 01780 686800 Postcode: LE15 8QL

Opening hours below:

  • 1st April to 27th October - 10am-5pm
  • 28th October to 8th March - 10am-3.30pm
  • 9th March - 31st March - 10am-4.30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day

Egleton - Nature Reserve

Email: (please state Rutland in your subject)

Tel: 01572 770651 Postcode: LE15 8BT

Opening hours below:

  • March to Oct - 9am-5pm
  • November to Feb - 9am-4pm
  • Closed Christmas Day

Lyndon - Nature Reserve (please state Rutland in your subject)

Tel: 01572 737378 Postcode: LE15 8RN

Opening hours below:

  • April to September - 9am - 5pm

What are the Car park opening hours?

Normanton, Sykes Lane, Whitwell & Barnsdale

Open from 9am daily

Car park closing times vary throughout the year and seasonal changes are listed below.

No overnight stays in the Car Parks are permitted.

Barnsdale Car Park closing time is 30 minutes before each of the below closing times and is only open at weekends between November and April.

2024 Seasonal Car Park Opening Times

From 5th February
9am to 5pm
From 8th March
9am to 6pm
From 29th March
9am to 7pm
From 3rd May
9am to 8pm
From 2nd September
9am to 7pm
From 1st October
9am to 6pm
From 28th October
9am to 4pm

Car Park Tariffs:

Tariff (from 25th April 2024)
Up to 15mins
Charge per hour (up to 6 hours)
Over 6 hours
Annual Car Parking Permit £75.00 

(For 12 months access to the following Anglian Water Water Parks; Rutland Water, Alton Water, Grafham Water, Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Taverham Mill or Pitsford Water Park. Can be purchased from the Visitor Centre at Sykes Lane, the Watersports Centre at Whitwell or the Fishing Lodge at Normanton).

*Please note that the annual car park permit is not applicable for parking at the Nature Reserve. Parking at the Nature Reserve is reserved for visitors to the reserve and all cars must display a valid permit (obtainable from the Nature Reserve Visitor Centre's).

Our car parks use ANPR cameras for the safety, security and management of the Car Parks. By using our Car Parks you agree to abide by our T&Cs and Byelaws

For car park tariff details relating to Sykes Lane during hot weather/peak operating times whilst the beach is open please see our beach information page


Where should I start?

Rutland Water has four main car parks. Each is a great place to start your day. 


  • Sykes Lane Car Park (LE15 8QL)



  • Barnsdale Car Park (LE15 8AB)
    • Located on the North Shore, Barnsdale is the perfect place to just escape it all, enjoy wonderful views and relax. At Barnsdale you will find: 
      • Children's Play Area
      • Please note - Barnsdale car park is open Mid March - End of October only


For Nature Lovers and Birdwatchers or if you just want to walk in calm surroundings and get closer to nature we recommend a trip to our nature reserve located on the Western end of the water. We have two visitor centres - one at Egleton, which is open daily all year round and one at Lyndon (home of the Rutland Ospreys) which is open April - September. Car Parking here is for those buying day tickets to the Nature Reserve.


1st March to 31st October9am to 5pm 
1st November to 28th Feb9am to 4pm


10th March to 9th September9am to 5pm


Access Statement for Rutland Water & a Countryside for All Route Map can be found below:

Rutland Water Access Statement

Rutland Water Access Statement

Sykes Lane/Normanton - Countryside for All Route Map

Sykes Lane/Normanton - Countryside for All Route Map

Egleton - Countryside for All Route Map

Egleton - Countryside for All Route Map

Bus Routes & Timetables

Local bus services operate to the villages of Edith Weston, Empingham, Whitwell & Barnsdale. These are a short walking distance from the main visitor entrances. Search the 'bus services by village/town' on the following website:

For your safety

We want you to have fun at Rutland Water, but we also want you to be safe. There are many safety notices placed around Rutland Water – please look out for them and read them.

A few other points for you to note: 

  • Keep young children in sight at all times
  • Keep your dog on a lead
  • Help us keep Rutland Water green by recycling your waste
  • Our tracks have shared access, so please be caring when sharing
  • Whether you are walking or cycling, always keep an eye out for uneven ground
  • Swim only in designated areas at designated times
  • Please keep BBQ's raised off the grass at all times
  • Enjoy the site at a relaxing pace and stick to the 10mph speed limits
  • No Drones - Drones are not permitted on site for use by visitors

Please follow our dog code:

  • Lead by example - your dog must be on a lead at all times.
  • Share this space - please make sure your dog doesn't spoil other people's enjoyment
  • Keep our parks clean - bag and dispose of your dog's waste responsibly
  • No doggy paddling - Please keep dogs out of the water, blue green algae can develop in the margins and is harmful if ingested.  The water also provides sanctuary to an abundance of wildfowl, often nesting on the waters edge.

Also, we like to see people enjoying themselves during their visit to Rutland Water, so be sure to keep in touch with us via social media and let us know what you are up to!


Rutland Water has been recognised by Visit England as a visitor attraction as part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme

Rutland Water has been awarded the Green Flag. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Discover Rutland

If you would like to know more about the county of Rutland & everything it has to offer including local accommodation, things to do or food & drink, please visit Discover Rutland website.

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.