Description by Kate Rew on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society
Rutland Water is a popular inland beach in the Midlands. It is also an unusual triumph: an inland beach opened by a water company, at a time when almost all most water companies do not allow swimming.
Rutland Water Bathing Beach is the result of 7 years hard work by OSS Inland Access lead Robert Aspey and Anglian Water. It opens during the summer months for lifeguarded bathing. Enjoy! And if you want to see similar projects established in your area, check out the OSS Inland Beach guide on www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com, a legal guide.
Description by Robert Aspey who added this swim
Rutland Bathing Beach is a lifeguarded inland beach open during summer. It’s a beautiful site with a sandy beach, grassed area for relaxing, café, toilets, shop. You only pay for the car parking, otherwise its free.
The bathing area is about 160 m long, by 20 m wide, max. depth about 1.8 m (6 foot). For opening dates & times go to https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/rutland-water-park/other-activities/beach. In July and August its usually open 10 am to 6pm.
Access is from the Rutland Water Visitor Centre at Sykes Lane off the A606 at the North East End of Rutland Water.
This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.
Although its life guarded, they can't keep an eye on everyone and children must be supervised by parents or guardians especially when in the water. The bottom of the bathing area is a bit stony/pebbly, so don't run, and possibly wear swim shoes.