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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.

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Swimmer descriptions

  • Added: 23/08/2015

    The bathing area is clearly marked with buoys, it is free to swim, although there are carparking charges. The area isn't big and an adult can stand up in all of it, but it is better than nothing. It is disappointing that we can not swim else where, but it is a lovely spot to take kids and the whole area is a great family day out. The swimming (at least in 2015) is only in the summer school holidays so check if you come outside these dates.

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  • Added: 25/10/2016

    Since 2015 the depth has been increased to around 4 to 6 feet deep by the buoys, ideal for swimming. From the beach its a gradual slope out, a bit stony underfoot so can be good to wear swim shoes. Most people paddle near the beach with their kids, leaving plenty of room for swimming out towards the buoys. An ideal family friendly bathing beach.

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    Good idea to wear swim shoes, as the bottom can be a bit stony.

  • Added: 17/07/2017

    Took a crack at it today with the Mrs and little one and wasn't too bad. Nice people around and lifeguards keeping an eye. A lot of people unhappy about not being able to go elsewhere but it is a reservoir and private property I suppose so hey...

    As far as cleanliness goes...It wasn't Ara Force or Wastwater but there is no effluence or filth dumped in here. Lots of mud and green weeds on the bottom so looks murky but its good water. Watch out for goose poop on the beach itself. Nice little place and was a funfair and lots of stuff for the kiddies around. A big friendly trout swam right up to me to say hello today its a nice open space.

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    Watch out for rocks on the bottom.

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