Rutland Water Walking & Relaxing

From a gentle stroll on a summer’s day to taking in the changing seasons during autumn, Rutland Water provides the perfect backdrop for walkers at any time of the year.

With miles of trails and walking routes to discover and an ever-changing landscape to explore, no two visits are ever the same.

Are there any facilities available?

Yes, at Rutland Water you will find places to enjoy a drink and bite to eat. Visit our Food & Drink page to find out more. If the weather permits, you can also enjoy a picnic, (there are plenty of picnic tables dotted around) or a BBQ. Please note, BBQs are not permitted in nature reserve areas at Egleton and Lyndon and only BBQs that do not mark or scorch the grass may be used. Disposable BBQs must be used on the metal stands provided. Be sure to have cold water on stand by for safety.

Is there a Rutland Water walking route to follow?

There are plenty! Nestled within 4200 acres of stunning countryside, there is lots to explore.

Walking a full circuit, which takes in the Hambleton Peninsula, will see you cover 24 miles, 16 if avoiding Hambleton. If this is too far for your party, don’t worry, there are plenty of other shorter walks and trails you can take.

A great walk for those looking for an easy stroll is to start at Normanton and walk across the dam to Sykes Lane and back. The route is flat and smooth and has fantastic views.

There is also a visitor centre where you can get information about the park and pick up the Rutland Water map.

Accessible Route Guidance

There is a linear route just over 3 km (2 miles) in length following the shore around the south eastern corner of the reservoir between Normanton and Sykes Lane, Empingham.

The sites are also linked by a regular, wheelchair accessible bus service which could be used for the return journey.

Location: Normanton Road, Edith Weston, Rutland Post Code: LE15 8HD
Parking: Hard surfaced car park (tarmac) with designated disabled parking (charges apply)
Public transport: Call the Traveline on 0871 2002233 or visit
Accessible public toilets: On-site at Normanton and Sykes Lane car parks 
Refreshments: Available at both the Normanton and Sykes Lane car parks

For detailed information about the slopes and surfaces you will encounter and to see if the paths are suitable for you please see the map provided below

Rutland Water Accessibility Countryside for All Map

Rutland Water Accessibility Countryside for All Map

Access Statement for Rutland Water

Access Statement for Rutland Water

Is there enough to do to keep the children occupied?

There sure is. We find that visitors both young and old love to wander around our park taking in the beautiful surroundings. You’ll also find activities such as mini-golf, a children’s play area not to mention a wide range of watersports on offer too.

Can I bring my dog?

Absolutely, your four-legged friend is most welcome at Rutland Water, although they are not permitted in the nature reserves at Egleton and Lyndon or on the beach. 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.

 You can let your dog off the lead at the designated dog walking areas at Sykes Lane car park and Barnsdale Wood.

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.