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Rutland Water Nature Reserve

LE15 8BT

Tel : 01572 770651

Fax : 01572 755931

Rutland Water is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Europe, and is set in 3,100 acres of countryside, with a 25-mile circular track for walking and cycling. The reservoir is in the centre of Rutland, England's smallest county. At the northern end of the reservoir there is a nature reserve with a large number of bird hides. It is also the home of the British Bird Watching Fair each August. The Tourist Information Centre at Sykes Lane offers a video presentation, a shop, and can organise guided visits. Next to the Tourist Information Centre is the Butterfly and Aquatic Centre, which features a Twilight Zone and a Drought Garden at the Barnsdale site which was designed by the late Geoff Hamilton. The Church Museum at Normanton is a stunning building, which contains the history of Rutland Water and archaeological finds. A pleasure cruiser sails on the reservoir, windsurfing, canoeing, sailing, and other water sports are also available. Trout fishing is popular, with pike fishing available in the autumn; 65 powered boats increase access for fishing. An exciting new facility at Rutland water is the Rockblok outdoor climbing tower, which opened in July 1999. CONTACT INFORMATION: Rutland Water Tourist Information Centre - 01572 653026 Butterfly and AquaticCentre - 01780 460515 Cycle Hire - 01780 460705 Sailing Club - 01780 720292 Watersports and School - 01780 460154 Nature Reserve - 01572 770651 Flyfishing and tackle shop - 01780 686441