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Rutland Water

Details about Rutland Water, where it is and what you can do there..


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Rutland Water is situated on the A606, just east of Oakham, Rutland. Rutland is the smallest county in Britain with two towns and 53 villages in it's 150 square miles. It lost its county status in 1974 to become a district of Leicestershire but after a persistent fight by it's loyal residents, it regained county status, amid much rejoicing, in 1995.

Rutland Water, at more than 3,000 acres, is the largest man-made reservoir in Europe. There is a 350 acre nature reserve at the western end where there are about 250 species of birds and in winter, about 20,000 wildfowl.

In 2001, near Rutland Water, a pair of Ospreys reared young. These were the first Ospreys to be bred in England for about 150 years.

One of the most enduring symbols of Rutland is the former church of St. Matthews at Normanton on the eastern edge of the water. This church had to be shored up with concrete to survive the flooding in 1974 that created the reservoir. It's distinctive tower and portico emerging above the waterline are one of the best known land marks in the county.

If you wish, you can hire bikes of all sizes to cater for families and cycle around the reservoir though wooded picnic areas and open countryside on the purpose made cycle track.

There are also various public houses close to the area offering bar and restaurant meals for those who want to make a day of it.

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