One of the most exciting ways of seeing the Ospreys and other wildlife at Rutland Water is to take a guided tour with the members of the project on board to stand the best chance of seeing the Ospreys fishing.
Programmes of evening and morning guided events to include a 1 ½ hour cruise aboard Rutland Belle, are arranged by the Leicestershire & Wildlife Trust and the Birdfair, to take place on selected dates between May and August.
Dates for afternoon cruises are listed below with their start times from Whitwell Harbour (LE15 8BL) – click on a date for full information & booking.
Saturday cruises: Wednesday cruises:
15th July – 7:30pm start
22nd July – 5:30pm start
29th July – 6pm start
12th August – 5:30pm start
26th August – 5:30pm start
All parking costs at Whitwell and the reserves are covered by your cruise ticket.
Afternoon Cruises cost £22 for adults and £13 for under 16s.
The Osprey Team will be delivering an optional talk on the Osprey Project at the Lyndon Visitor Centre, for cruise guest to attend. There will be two opportunities to attend the talk, at 10am and 2pm.
Dates for dawn cruises in 2017 are listed below. They all depart at 6am from Whitwell Harbour (LE15 8BL) – click on a date for full information and booking.
Tickets for Dawn cruises are priced at £25 for adults and £15 for under 16s and this includes a well-earned cooked breakfast provided by the Osprey Project at the Lyndon Reserve (LE15 8RN) post cruise.
The Rutland Belle has both a covered lower saloon and an open-air upper deck for spectacular views. It is wheelchair and pushchair friendly (lower saloon only). There is a toilet on board, and a licensed bar for a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Please note wellies are not permitted on the upper deck of the Rutland Belle, so please wear alternative footwear if you intend to sit upstairs. Dogs and bicycles are not permitted on board the boat.
The boat leaves promptly at the specified time, and cannot wait.
Full Details of ‘Dates & Times’ and how to ‘Book Your Place’ appear on
You can also book and pay over the phone by calling 01572 737378 any day between 9am and 5pm.
If you are looking for a present, we can provide gift vouchers for public afternoon cruises to be used anytime within the current season of purchase.
We can send personalised gift vouchers to your friends, family and loved ones for Birthdays, Anniversaries or even if you would just like to say ‘thank you’ to someone.
You can either give us a call or fill in the online booking / enquiry form. We can advise on fare costs and any drinks from the bar. Let us know who the voucher is for, how many people (adults / children), the address of where you would like it sent and any personalised message.