The largest man-made lake in England, Rutland Water Nature Reserve is a superb leisure facility, with four landscaped parks around its shores where you can enjoy walking and picnicking. www.anglianwater.co.uk
Feeling energetic? Why not cycle around the water – in total 27 miles or 16 miles for the shorter route. Cycle hire is available at Whitwell and Normanton www.rutlandcycling.com.
There are two children’s play areas – one at Barnsdale and the other at Sykes Lane, Empingham, where the Tourist Information Centre and a Crazy Golf course is also situated. The recently created sandy beach at Whitwell is now open throughout the year, with swimming from the beach permitted from June until September.
Fly-fishing is popular on the Water – contact Rob Waddington for tuition on www.rutlandwaterflyfishing.co.uk. Alternatively, Greetham Valley has its own private coarse fishing lake, available to residents only. All catch and release, please bring own tackle.
There are two bird watching reserves at Lyndon and Egleton, where you can find out about the successful Osprey breeding programme as well as all the other birds and wildlife at Rutland Water www.rutlandwater.org.ukwww.ospreys.org.uk
A lovely way to spend time is on a leisurely boat trip around and across the Water on the Rutland Belle, boarding at Whitwell. A special treat are the Osprey Cruises aboard the Belle www.rutlandwatercruises.com
Rock climbing, abseiling, high ropes and trampolining can be found at the Whitwell site. Children’s parties are a speciality, and they certainly offer a different type of corporate day!www.rockblok.com
Fancy something a little bit different? Why not try the UK’s biggest inflatable aqua park? Now measuring over 100m by 80m our floating inflatable Aqua Park has climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers, blast bags the UK’s biggest slides and a special corner for adrenaline junkies. www.aquaparkrutland.co.uk
An excellent website to view all the attractions that Rutland has to offer is www.discover-rutland.co.uk. It is Rutland’s own tourism website and provides info on activities, where to stay or dine plus much more.
Greetham village itself is a lovely 20 minute stroll across the golf course from the Greetham Valley complex, or a couple of minutes’ drive, and is a peaceful but vibrant community which welcomes visitors to enjoy its’ ambience. Take a look at the village’s own website, run by the community, to see what’s going on www.greethamrutland.com
There is so much to explore in our beautiful county…
Approx 25 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley
Barnsdale Gardens are the creation of Geoff Hamilton, Britain’s original and best loved television gardener and presenter of BBC TV’s Gardener’s World weekly gardening programme. Since his death in 1996 the gardens have been open to the public, are run by Geoff’s son Nick and include 39 different gardens, a nursery selling unusual plants, a coffee shop and gift shop. www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk
Approx 5 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley
Easton Walled Gardens
12 acres of ‘lost’ gardens. 400 years of gardening have created a peaceful and settled atmosphere, enhanced by the beautiful valley surrounding it. Lovely walks, beautiful horticultural displays, kitchen garden supplying the tearoom, gift shop and lots for children to do. www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk
Approx 10 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley
Built within an original 1818 Victorian walled garden, this large nursery offers the widest choice of goods, ranging from indoor and outdoor plants, gifts, garden and conservatory furniture, clothing and much more. Restaurant, Farmhouse Tea Shop and children’s play area www.gatesnurseries.co.uk
Approx 20 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley
Springfields Festival Gardens and Shopping
A beautifully landscaped venue featuring celebrity showcase gardens, outlet shopping, children’s play areas, a large garden centre, “Fenscape” interactive visitor centre and a range of eating options. www.springfieldsfestivalgardens.org.uk.