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Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre)

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Birdwatching and photography

First visit to this reserve and wanted to see the nesting ospreys. A good day out. Photography of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chrishall, United Kingdom
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Perfect for One-Day excursion

Located in England's smallest county, this man-made lake supplies drinking water to cities as far... read more

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Lahore, Pakistan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to this reserve and wanted to see the nesting ospreys. A good day out. Photography of ospreys was challenging and needed 800mm lens combination to achieve usable but distant results. It was good just watching the birds and seeing their activity round the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank PhilJG1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in England's smallest county, this man-made lake supplies drinking water to cities as far away as London. Perfect for a day trip, popular with cyclists. Some nice restaurants with good views. Do not forget to try to locate the partially submerged buildings when the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank akberchoudhry
Reviewed March 4, 2019

We wanted a day out to enjoy the weather ,what a great choice ,such good easy walking with real interests and the fantastic scenery.I think given how well the area is kept and the fantastic staff who were always willing to help the cost of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Knocknagow15
Reviewed February 22, 2019

Cost approx £6 to park car and see the reserve. There is a lot of walking to do, but on the whole, the paths are solid, not that smooth. There are a lot of hides, and most had birds of various species milling about, either...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank WH03
Reviewed February 6, 2019

This was our first visit and we had come a long way. We were given a plan, but no advice on where we should go to see what - when we asked, they just told us to look in the sightings book. The volunteers did...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DaleCheshire
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely walk around Rutland Water plenty of ducks and geese to watch and nature in general . The cafe was open so we had a coffee on a very cold chilly day before heading to Normanston Church which is surrounded by water but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank janwyer54
Reviewed November 9, 2018

Rutland Water is a huge man-made stretch of water. The Birdwatching Centre is easy enough to find and there was plenty of car parking when we got there with toilets nearby. A short walk to the visitor centre where we were met by a couple...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Janet H
Reviewed October 7, 2018

We were staying in the Grantham area on business and had a free day and decided to visit on a friend's recommendation. A beautiful site, largest man made water in Europe I believe. Lots of different attractions - sailing, fishing, climbing, hiking and cycling to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank fghealeyxvii
Reviewed October 2, 2018

A beautiful place to visit. Well worth the trip on the boat around the water. I just loved the area and I’m sure when you visit you will agree.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Heather B
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

We came here on the first day of the Bird Fair, Friday. Well sign posted from the main roads, excellent parking with attendants guiding us into parking spaces. Our ticket included parking. Attended a couple of the talks, well organised every 20 minutes. Lots of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Lizzie0909
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March 10, 2017|
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Response from KevinAdr | Reviewed this property |
Hi Wendy, i am sorry i have only just seen your question as i had not received an alert. i didn't know the answers to your question.
Joan S
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Response from Dickon69 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are some good walks for dogs in this area. Dogs not allowed near wildlife.