Dawn Osprey Cruise

Dawn Osprey Cruise

Whitwell Harbour


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!

Dawn cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise. We’ll then arrive back at Whitwell and drive around to the Egleton reserve (a 2 mile drive) for a well-earned cooked breakfast at 7:30am. The breakfast consists of a bacon and egg roll, or a vegetarian option of egg and mushrooms. Please specify on booking which breakfast option you would prefer, and whether you have any dietary requirements e.g. gluten free.

Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and if 2015 dawn cruises are anything to go by, we should be in for some spectacular views of Ospreys. Tickets for dawn cruises are priced at £25 for adultsand £15 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 kbrookes@rutlandwater.org.uk.

Please note refunds cannot be given for late arrivals or cancellations made less than two weeks before the event.

Please ensure you book onto the correct cruise date, as we cannot change your booking to a different date after it has been processed.

Matt's sunrise 18th July

Sunrise over the Rutland Belle, photo by Matt Broadhead


Bookings are closed for this event.