Rutland Water

Rutland Water, Oakham: Address, Phone Number, Rutland Water Reviews: 4.5/5

Rutland Water
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Rutland Water covers 4,200 acres of open countryside. The park offers everything from walking and cycling to fishing and watersports. There is also our fantastic nature reserve, managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and home to the Rutland Osprey Project. Expert or novice, everything you need to make the most of your visit is right here, including cycle hire and expert tuition on boat handling. And of course, you will also find a choice of places to enjoy a cuppa or a bite to eat.
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Wanderer441887
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Hired ' Hybrid ' Bikes for myself and 2 daughters to ride from Normanton ( anti-clockwise ) around Rutland Water ( exc Hambleton Peninsula ) .... having planned to do it since before the Pandemic ! Thoroughly enjoyable ,although the 2nd half of the Trip is more demanding with more Hills and Woodland Tracks . Stopped for Lunch at the Horse and Jockey ,Manton, which was very good value for money , good service and a nice place to sit outside in the sunshine and rest the legs !
Finished up back at Normanton with an Ice-Cream on the Cafe Balcony .......all very enjoyable ,although being there for just over 5 Hrs incurred a Parking charge of £10.00, which i thought a bit steep . Would be o/k for a full Day ,but a bit steep for just over 5 hrs .
Big surprise was that it was all far less busy than we thought it would be for a Sunday in June all the way around , which made it more pleasant ......but have seen it extremely busy on a warm Summer Sunday in the past .
Written June 24, 2022
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LightAleCavalier
Lancashire719 contributions
We have spent two holidays in this area - obviously you keep encountering Rutland Water. This time we took the cruise on board the "Rutland Belle" from Whitwell to Normanton and back (fare £11 each for the return). The views from the lake are quite spectacular in places but the Highlight is mooring close to Normanton Church which stands alone above the water line and is a beautiful church building.
At Whitwell there is a cafe and an ice cream stall. Car parking is payable.
The Water is a must-see attraction in this area.
Written June 13, 2021
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TeaWithQ
Rugby, UK390 contributions
This review is for Rutland (Whitwell) Water sports. I have only excellent things to say about the service they provide here. The facilities are great and the safety management both on and off the water are up to the mark. If you are looking to hire a canoe, kayak, Stand Up Paddle board, etc. They have a large range to suit all ages and abilities and prices are very reasonable per hour. All I will say is that they can get very busy on a nice day so I would recommend arriving when they open (09:30) to avoid the rush. For anyone with their own craft you will know how difficult it is to find a lake to launch on without being a club member or having to leap through firey hoops of rules and regulations. Here all you need is your own insurance (which you will already have through British Canoeing, etc. I'm sure) and £20 per craft, you also get free parking for the whole day and if you're launching more than one craft you get a 10% discount. I guess the only down side is that NO inflatables are allowed (except SUP's - you can't buy a cheap SUP) which is totally understandable as the quality of inflatables varies enormously. On a personal note, the staff are nothing but courteous, well informed and helpful.
Written August 15, 2020
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wisbechpatrick
Wisbech, UK18 contributions
Customer Service and staff training are vital. Poor skills in dealing with members of the public. Appalling attitude.
Today at the harbour restaurant following a boat trip we went inside to purchase a drink for our friends and myself some chips. We got to the till and paid. While there the previous person who was served had ordered food but forgot to order drinks. When he was asked he was told he would have to go to the back of the queue. I thought it harsh and asked why his wife should go to the back of the queue to be told by the server she was new and did nothing. I had ordered chips and the cook, call him what you like came out with some. He gave a bulk order to someone and was left with one portion he proceeded to ask how many I bought and I said one and placed them on my tray. He then asked another person how many he had ordered he said one and so removed the ones from my tray and gave them to him. Apparently he had ordered before me so I didn’t have a problem. Another person ordered and he eventually appeared with their order and gave them theirs. I asked where mine was and he stormed of came back roughly dropped the tray of chips onto my tray and retorted I’m doing the best I can. We had purchased cold drinks and my friend came back to say the orange drink only gave water. I questioned her server who said she would deal with it and then continued to serve for sometime without getting someone to sort out the drinks machine. I asked when are you going to get it sorted. Still not dealt with my friend tossed his cup into the bin and did not have his drink. I eventually found someone had a word with them. I was apologised to if that’s what you call it the blame being lack of staff. No refund for the drink not taken. As a person in the hospitality trade I have never seen such poor behaviour by ALL concerned their.
Written June 2, 2022
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Adam
Mansfield, UK2 contributions
Beautiful place marred by extortionate charges and petty rules enforced by jobsworths in yellow vests.
Here is a run down of the charges I paid so you know what to expect:
£22 to launch your own paddle board (for comparison areas such as Holme Pierrepont charge £5)
£18 per hour to rent a paddle board
£5 an hour to rent one of their special life vests (it's 'the law')
£2 for parking (they very generously offer half price parking if you undertake an activity)
There is an apalling selection of food in the Harbour cafe (pre-packaged sandwiches, chips and other beige offerings) so bring your own if you're planning to spend any amount of time here.
I was also told off for sitting on the end of a pontoon to take a picture. So avoid those. Apparently they are just there for show.
It is a terrible shame that areas of beauty are snatched by greedy corporations who charge the public through the nose as soon as there is a hint of profit to be made. Honestly, if you're going there hoping to enjoy the water, don't.
Written July 25, 2022
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J P A
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Apparently, Anglian Water have taken over all of the catering venues at Rutland Water. The Harbour Cafe is now a soulless place. Gone are the friendly staff and good selection of food. The smaller Fox outlets are now run by them as well, and so they’re now staffed with less than welcoming young people. The Waterside Cafe at Normanton seems also to have lost their friendly staff and there’s a more restricted menu - if you can find a price list. Great shame, but I suppose that they know they’ve a captive clientele.
Written May 28, 2022
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GeoffandPat2014
Peterborough, UK57 contributions
Couples
Very disappointing. We came for a wander round the lake and a bite of lunch at the cafe. We did neither. The cafe had no indoor seating and as the weather was cold and windy, we pretty soon decided to leave. The car park was muddy and the pay-on-foot car park machine dd not allow us enough time to walk to our car and drive to the exit, before it charged an additional amount, so we had to fiddle around to pay at the barrier. Altogether very basic and unwelcoming.
Written January 1, 2022
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Thank you for your review & comments. Please do visit one of our indoor seated cafes if you visit again, which we hope you do. Our take away kiosks don’t provide indoor seating, purely take away service. Our car park system allows a 15 minute window of time to exit the car park once you have paid. We hope this is ample time to return to your vehicle before driving out.
Written March 29, 2022
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sarahjd_11
London, UK8 contributions
Family
We love Rutland Watersports. The staff here are really helpful and friendly and all of them went the extra mile to make sure our windsurfing experience was excellent.
We had booked 2 mornings of windsurfing for the family, 2 adults & 2 teenagers, but when we arrived on the first day there was no wind. Ken changed our booking to later in the week when the wind forecast was better at no extra charge which was really kind. Our lessons were with David and Ken who both were really clear in their instruction and very knowledgeable and helped us all stay upright and get the most out of our time on the water.
Everyone enjoyed learning a new skill and even had lots of fun falling in!
Thanks everyone
Sarah, Niall, Charlie and Emily
Written August 7, 2021
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grana1963
Melton Mowbray, UK862 contributions
Family
Met the family here with the grandchildren, was a boiling day and kids loved it. Think the parking was a fair price upto 3hrs was £4 upto 5hrs was £6 and all day was £10 so we thought this was great.
Lovely beach area, and great playground area, crazy golf and cafe. There is also the lovely walks. We took a picnic so can't comment on prices for food and drinks.
Nice to see a life guard at the beach area thought this was very good and responsible of rutland water.
Easy to park and pay, take ticket on way in and pay before leaving (cash or card) and put ticket in barrier on way out.
Overall great day out.😎
Written August 14, 2022
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wendy G
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK329 contributions
Couples
Super outside space - huge reservoir with lovely walks around it. Mini golf was good fun and well kept up. Rutland Belle boat trip really enjoyable - 45 mins. Good live commentary and drinks on board. Friendly crew and the commentator had a good sense of humour. Maybe a bit more on the facts of the reservoir would have been welcomed but difficult to get the balance right. The harbour cafe, by the boat, is a bit basic although the gluten free cake was tasty. There are many other things to do hire bikes, sailing, children playground etc - you could spend much time here. All very well looked after. Plenty of parking. Beautiful space giving you time to rest and play!
Written May 9, 2022
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