Osprey Cruises

Osprey Cruises

Osprey Pandion Haliaetus Rutland Water summer - David Tipling/2020VISION

Wildlife Cruises on Rutland Water

One of the most exciting ways to see Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip aboard the Rutland Belle, set sail at dawn or in the afternoon and enjoy a different perspective on the reservoir. 

Cruises 2021

Corona Virus update - please read before your booking is made.

Due to government guidelines, the seating on the Rutland Belle has to be zoned in groups, rather than individuals. Therefore tickets are available to purchase per zoned group. If your booking is for one person, you will need to select a group zone for 2 people. The capacity on the cruise has been reduced to ensure your safety and to follow social distancing regulations. All passengers must wear a face mask and hand sanitiser will be available.

The cost of the cruise is per group rather than per person and regardless of the groups age ranges.

Please ensure you bring a face mask with you as it is the law to wear one on public transport at the moment. Hand sanitiser will be provided.

We sail to parts of the reservoir where we stand a very good chance of seeing ospreys flying by and fishing, and lots of other gems that Rutland Water has to offer including Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Red Kite, Buzzard, Common Tern and occasionally Barn Owls and Grey Wagtails.

The cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour for an hour and a half cruise – light refreshments are available on-board served within social distances. 

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.

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.

Dawn Cruises

Early morning is always a magical time to see the resevoir. The cruise will sail to areas where we stand a very good chance of seeing ospreys flying by and fishing, and lots of other wildlife gems that Rutland Water has to offer including Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Red Kite, Buzzard, Common Tern and occasionally Barn Owls and Grey Wagtails. There will be a live commentary pointing out things of interest, and providing information about the osprey project and the reservoir.

The cruise will depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am and last for an hour and a half – a light breakfast of tea/coffee/juices and sweet pastries will be served on-board.

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.

Parking at Whitwell is included with your cruise booking – we will issue tickets on the cruise for use at the exit barrier at Whitwell car park.

PRICES – DAWN CRUISE

Top decking outside

  • Up to 2 persons £56
  • Up to 3 persons £84
  • Up to 4 persons £112

Exclusive use of the bow outside

  • Up to 6 persons £120

Any children within the group under the age of 16 years, will need to be accompanied by an adult

WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your own face mask and binoculars

Afternoon and Evening Cruises

Enjoy a leisurely cruise aboard the Rutland Belle during the afternoon or join us for an evening cruise and watch the sunset over Rutland Water. We will sail to parts of the reservoir where we stand a very good chance of seeing ospreys flying by and fishing, and lots of other wildlife gems that the resevoir has to offer including Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Red Kite, Buzzard, Common Tern and occasionally Barn Owls and Grey Wagtails. There will be a live commentary pointing out things of interest, and providing information about the osprey project and the reservoir.

The cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour and last for an hour and a half – light refreshments are available on-board.

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.

Parking at Whitwell is included with your cruise booking – we will issue tickets on the cruise for use at the exit barrier at Whitwell car park.

PRICES - AFTERNOON & EVENING CRUISE

Top decking outside

  • Up to 2 persons £46
  • Up to 3 persons £69
  • Up to 4 persons £92

Exclusive use of the bow outside

  • Up to 6 persons £120

Any children within the group under the age of 16 years, will need to be accompanied by an adult

WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your own face mask and binoculars

Book on an Osprey Cruise

View of Rutland Water in the summer

View of Rutland Water nature reserve in early summer - David Tipling/2020VISION

Your Journey

The Rutland Belle

The Rutland Belle has both a covered lower deck and an open upper deck. It is wheelchair and pushchair friendly (bottom deck only). There is a toilet on board, and a bar on the lower saloon providing a selection of drinks and snacks. Please note wellies are not permitted on the upper deck of the Rutland Belle, so please wear alternative footwear if you intend to sit upstairs. Dogs and bicycles are not permitted on board the boat. The boat leaves promptly at the specified time, and cannot wait.

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Other information

Whitwell Harbour is located at Whitwell Park, North Shore, Rutland, LE15 8BL

Please arrive at least 20 minutes early for your cruise. It can be chilly out on the water even in warm weather, so please dress appropriately. The Rutland Belle is accessible by wheelchair to the lower decks, but don't worry - you get fantastic views of the reservoir whether you're on the upper or lower decks.

Parking at Whitwell is included with your cruise booking – we will issue tickets on the cruise for use at the exit barrier at Whitwell car park.

PLEASE NOTE: Cruise tickets are non-refundable, under any circumstances. However, provided we have no less than two weeks’ notice, we can move your booking to a different date should you be unable to attend the one booked. We are only able to do this once. We cannot reschedule cruise dates for those who fail to turn up on the day or arrive late.