Rutland Water is just to the west of Stamford. The Reserve is split into two:
- the Lyndon Reserve along the south-west shoreline, &
- the Egleton Reserve a further mile to the north.
Both can be accessed from the A6003 between Uppingham and Oakham. The Lyndon Reserve lies between Manton and Edith Weston. The Egleton Reserve is situated just south of Oakham, accessed via the village of Egleton. There is a Visitor Centre and car parking at both reserves, the entrance fee covers both sites.
Rutland Water was created in the 1970’s and is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Europe. It is recognised as an important wetland site where nature conservation covers approximately nine miles of the western shoreline. As well as the vast open areas of water, there are lagoons, marshes, reed beds, meadows and woodland. Both resevers have a visitor centres and a number of hides.