Afternoon Osprey Cruise – SOLD OUT!

Afternoon Osprey Cruise – SOLD OUT!

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre


One of the most exciting ways of seeing ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; we sail to the 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 very close to the boat, making it a trip to remember for those lucky enough to be on board.


Osprey with fish, photo by John Wright


Even on those rare occasions when ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view. Past highlights have included great-crested grebe, oystercatcher, little egret, common tern, a plethora of wildfowl and much more!

This cruise will begin at 3:45pm with refreshments (hot drinks and biscuits) and an introductory talk at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton (LE15 8BT). We then ask you to drive to Whitwell (a 2 mile drive), where the Rutland Belle will set sail at 5:15pmThe cruise lasts 1.5 hours and costs £22 for adults and £13 for under 16s

In addition to your cruise ticket you will also receive a 20{aebb832937d1885646bba593f8f1074bbe61a552c8a5f5d60514d6f049ed1f58} discount on the permit entry price to the nature reserve on the day of the cruise. Nature reserve permits cover the Egleton (LE15 8BT) and Lyndon (LE15 8RN) sites of Rutland Water and with nearly 40 hides there is lots to see and do to fill a day. For more information about the reserves click here. 

All parking costs at Whitwell and the reserves are covered by your cruise ticket.

For more information about cruises, please click here.

See below to book your ticket online. For more information, email Kayleigh at

The Rutland Belle

The Rutland Belle

Bookings are closed for this event.