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. 

What are the Car park opening hours?

Normanton, Sykes Lane, Whitwell & Barnsdale

Open from 9am daily

(Please note: Barnsdale Car Park closed end October to end March)

Car park closing times are advertised at car park entrances

No overnight stays in the Car Parks are permitted

Egleton

1st March to 31st October: 9am to 5pm everyday

1st November to 28th Feb: 9am to 4pm everyday

Lyndon

10th March to 9th September only: 9am to 5pm everyday

Where can I find more information when I visit?

Our teams will be more than happy to help you while you are visiting us. You can contact us or pop into our visitor centres as detailed below.

Whitwell - Watersports

Email rutlandwatersports@anglianwater.co.uk

Tel: 01780 460154 Postcode: LE15 8BL

Open from 9am. Closing times vary.

(Closed Tue & Wed from 31 Oct - 2 Apr)

Sykes Lane - Visitor Centre

Email: rutlandwaterinfo@anglianwater.co.uk

Tel: 01780 686800 Postcode: LE15 8QL

Open from 10am - 5pm (Apr - Oct)

10am - 4pm (Nov - Mar)

Normanton - Fishing Lodge

Email: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk

Tel: 01780 686441 Postcode: LE15 8HD

Open from 8am. Closing times vary.

(Closed Mon & Tue from Dec - Jan)

Egleton - Nature Reserve

Email: rutlandwaterinfo@anglianwater.co.uk

Tel: 01572 770651 Postcode: LE15 8BT

Open from 9am - 5pm (1 Mar - 31 Oct)

10am - 4pm (1 Nov - 28 Feb)

Lyndon - Nature Reserve

Email: rutlandwaterinfo@anglianwater.co.uk

Tel: 01572 737378 Postcode: LE15 8RN

Open from 9am - 5pm (Match to September)

10am - 4pm (Saturday & Sunday September only)

Normanton - Church

Email: weddings@anglianwater.co.uk

Tel: 01780 686800 Postcode: LE15  8HD

Car Park Tariffs:

Tariff
Price
First 15mins
Free
Up to 1hr
£1.50
Up to 3hr
£3.50
Over 3hrs (all day)
£6.00
All Day Explorer Ticket
£6.00

(Our all day explorer ticket gives you access all day to Normanton, Whitwell and Sykes Lane Car Parks and is the best value ticket for those wanting to enjoy a day at Rutland Water with all we have to offer.

Annual Car Parking Permit
£50.00

(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).

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)
    • Located on the North Shore, Sykes Lane is a great place for a family day out. At Sykes Lane you will find:

 

 

  • 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:
      • Four Foxes Café 
      • 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 Opsreys) which is open April - September. 

 

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

Rutland Water Access Statement

Rutland Water Access Statement

Countryside for All Route Map

Countryside for All Route Map

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!

Accreditations

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

www.visitengland.com

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.

www.greenflagaward.org.uk

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.