Rutland and Rutland Water

Rutland and Rutland Water

Rutland Water is Anglian Water's drinking water reservoir in the county of Rutland, England, to the east of the county town, Oakham. It was known as Empingham Reservoir during its construction and until its official opening in 1976.

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 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 quayside and 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.

Rutland Water Cruises and the ‘Rutland Belle’

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.

One is on the south shore at Normanton. Each of these areas has parking, refreshment kiosks, picnic areas, attractions and toilets. There are two cafes at Rutland Water – The Harbour Café Bar at Whitwell – and L’Oliveto – Italiana at Normanton. The nature reserve lies at the western end of Rutland Water at Egleton.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Adswood Old Greyhound, first bus stop on Councillor Lane
Adswood
Alderley Edge Bus stop outside Natwest Bank, jnc London Rd and
Macclesfield Road. Alderley Edge
Altrincham Bus stop o/s Barrington Pub on Stamford New Road
Altrincham
Bramhall first bus stop on Moss Lane
Bramhall
Bredbury outside library on George Lane
Bredbury
Brinnington lay by opp the oldFarmers Arms Pub, Brinnington Rd
Brinnington
Brooklands outside Asda Garage, Marsland Road
Brooklands, Sale
Burnage Fog Lane bus stop on Fog Lane jnc with Kingsway
Burnage
Burnage Vic Pub outside Victoria Pub, Mauldeth Road,
junction with Burnage Lane, Burnage
Cheadle Bullocks Bullocks Garage, Stockport Road
Cheadle
Cheadle Heath bus stop opp Farmers Arms pub, Edgeley Road
Cheadle Heath
Cheadle Hulme Church Inn bus stop by Church Inn on Ravenoak Road
Cheadle Hulme
Cheadle Hulme Hilma outside Adeona Travel, 16 Station Road
Cheadle Hulme
Cheadle Hulme Smithy bus stop on Gill Bents Road opp shops
Cheadle Hulme
Cheadle Malt Shovels bus stop on Councillor Lane opp new Spar
Malt Shovels Pub, Cheadle
Chorlton Village bus stop on Wilbraham Road by jnc with Oswald Road
outside Croma Bar, Chorlton
Davenport first bus stop on Mile End Lane (A6 end)
Davenport
Didsbury bus stop outside Cafe Nero, Wilmslow Road
Didsbury
Edgeley corner of Dale Street and Edgeley Road near
Alexandra Park,Edgeley
Flixton opp Red Lion pub, Woodsend Road, bus stop
outside Kongs Chip Shop, Flixton
Gatley bus stop opp Gatley Green Tesco
Gatley
Handforth Paddock bus stop Paddock Precinct
Handforth
Handforth Southgate bus stop opp Southgate Centre on A34
Handforth
Hazel Grove Five Ways bus stop opp Summer Palace just by petrol station
on Macclesfield Road, Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove Torkington bus stop outside Torkington Centre,
Torkington Road,Hazel Grove
Heald Green Library bus stop/layby outside library.
Heald Green
Heald Green Social Club bus stop outside social club, Finney Lane
Heald Green
Heaton Chapel outside Ribbons & Bows, 15 School Lane
Heaton Chapel
Heaton Moor bus stop on Thornfield Road outside hairdressers,
opp side of road to old Natwest Bank.Heaton Moor
Marple Regent Cinema, Stockport Road
Marple
Northenden opp Methodist Church, Palatine Road
Northenden
Offerton bus stop near Fingerpost Pub on Dialstone Road
Offerton
Parrswood bus stop underneath railway bridge, Wilmslow Road
Parrswood
Poynton corner of Chester Road/Nursery Drive outside
McIlvride Medical Centre
Reddish bus lay by outside Houldsworth Pub,
Houldsworth Sq,Reddish
Romiley outside Romiley Arms, opp Railway Stn,
Stockport Road,Romiley
Sale Circle bus stop Sale circle shops opp Carloon Road
/ Sale Road,Sale Circle
Sale Moor bus lay by Marsland Road by IMO car wash
Sale Moor
South Reddish bus stop opp Carousel Pub, Reddish Road
South Reddish
Stockport Bus Station, Stand A
Stockport, ***OBSERVE 5 MPH Speed Limit***
Stretford Arndale Arndale Centre, bus stop on Kingsway
Stretford
Stretford Barton Road bus stop outside Petals & Pretty Things shop,
Barton Road,Stretford
Timperley Thorley Lane car park
Timperley
Urmston Davyhulme bus stop on Davyhulme Circle
Urmston Davyhulme
Urmston Flixton Road Bus stop opp Urmston railway station, Flixton Road
Wilmslow Blue Bell bus stop on Manchester Road opp
Majestic Wines.Wilmslow
Wilmslow Chapel Lane jnc of Chapel Lane / Buckingham Road.
Wilmslow
Wilmslow Green Lane bus stop on Green Lane opp flats
Wilmslow
Wilmslow Styal Road jnc of Styal Road / Manchester Road.
Wilmslow
Woodley St Marks Church, Redhouse Lane
Woodley
Wythenshawe DO NOT USE
Wythenshawe Forum Bus layby in front of Forum Centre, Wythenshawe
Not Bus Station
Wythenshawe Portway News Outside Portway News, Opposite Cornishman Pub
Wythenshawe
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