Osprey (c) Pete Murray

Osprey Cruise - dawn

Location: Whitwell Harbour, Whitwell Harbour, Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Rutland, LE15 8BL
One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the Osprey project team aboard the Rutland Belle.

Event details

Meeting point

By the Rutland Belle


6:00am - 7:30am
A static map of Osprey Cruise - dawn

About the event

We sail to parts of the reservoir where we stand the best chance of seeing fishing ospreys and with a bit of luck are rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions we have enjoyed breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish, making it a trip to remember. Even on those occasions when ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view. 

The cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise, please arrive in good time. A light breakfast of tea/coffee/juices and sweet pastries will be served on-board. (Please indicate any special dietary requirements by giving us a call on the number below).

Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and if last year’s dawn cruises are anything to go by, we should be in for some spectacular views of fishing ospreys.

In addition to your cruise place you will also receive a 20% discount on the permit entry price to the nature reserve on the day of the cruise. Nature reserve permits cover the Egleton and Lyndon sites of Rutland Water and with nearly 40 hides there is lots to see and do to fill a day. The permit includes parking at the reserve.

All parking costs at Whitwell are covered by your cruise booking – we will issue tickets on the cruise for use at the exit barrier at Whitwell car park.


Phone number

01572 737378


Adult (over 16) - £32
Child (under 16) - £23

Additional booking information

Car park included

Contact us

Laura Brady
Contact number: 01572 737378
Contact email: lbrady@lrwt.org.uk