Rutland Water Cruises is a family-run business that operates boat trips around the lake during daylight hours from April to October each year.
Rutland Belle plies from Whitwell on the North Shore and calls in at Normanton on the South Shore. Visitors can enjoy the scenery from the water, amidst the sailors, anglers and waterbirds, whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest.
The vessel holds insurance and complies with marine safety regulations. It is inspected and licenced annually by the Department for Transport’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency. The boat is operated by a licenced Boatmaster and a Crewman.
Passenger Numbers: the maximum capacity is for 110 persons, with up to 70 places in the covered all-weather saloon areas on the lower deck, the remainder on the outer upper deck.
Drinks/Tea & Coffee: are available from the licensed bar in the lower aft saloon. Meals are available at venues nearby.
Access: Rutland Water and ‘Rutland Belle’ have been recognised and acknowledged by the Tourist Board and Rutland Access for efforts made to provide easy access for all.
Rutland Belle at The Harbour, Whitwell, North Shore, has a vehicle drop-off area and a boarding lift for disabled access. The approach has ramps and handrails and a special bridging-plate means there is no gap to breach between the landing stage and the boat. For those unable to manage the three steps down inside the boat, the crew are happy to operate the hydraulic lift, designed to take wheelchairs and is rated at 200kg SWL (safe working load).
Rutland Water is a large, horseshoe-shaped reservoir set within three thousand acres of beautiful countryside in the east midlands region of England. Anglian Water owns and administers the reservoir, and around its twenty-five mile perimeter there are four leisure areas. Three are on the north shore at Barnsdale, Whitwell and Sykes Lane.
At Sykes Lane, the Visitor Centre and Gift Shop can advise on activities available such as: The Beach, Mini Golf, Children’s Adventure Playground, Bugtopia and a special dog walking area. Rutland Water has something for everyone. Sailing, Angling, Birdwatching, Nature Reserves, Aqua Park, Cycling, Canoeing and Windsurfing or simply a relaxing stroll amongst the picturesque countryside surrounding the reservoir.
One is on the south shore at Normanton. Each of these areas has parking, refreshment kiosks (ice-cream van by the Church), picnic areas, attractions and toilets. There are two cafes at Rutland Water – The Harbour Café Bar at Whitwell – and The Waterside Café – at Normanton. The nature reserve lies at the western end of Rutland Water at Egleton.
Find out more about Rutland Water and the surrounding area from the helpful staff at The Rutland Water Visitor Centre at Sykes Lane (Tel: 01780 686800) or by visiting the Discover Rutland website.