Barnsdale Gardens

The gardens first created by Geoff Hamilton, and regularly featured on Gardeners World, have been expanded by his son, Nick, into an 8 acre site now featuring over 38 individual gardens.  Here, there are so many ideas to inspire you, and help you find practical concepts that you can use at home.  The enormous range of garden styles and planting schemes have been referred to as a 'theme park for gardeners', and whether you are a keen gardener, an armchair gardener or a visitor looking for a wonderful day out, Barnsdale Gardens is a magnificent place to visit.

 

Chelsea gold medal winning garden designer Adam Frost spends a lot of his time at Barnsdale gardens running courses throughout the year.  The details of these courses can be found on the following link:

Barnsdale Garden Courses


Throughout the year, the gardens are filled with bright colours and strong scents, which give so many ideas for lovely garden spaces to enjoy.  There is a Tea Room and a nursery and shop with many unusual and interesting plants, which always generate a lot of interest.

 

Barnsdale Gardens is a short 5 mins drive from the Tithe Barn.

 

Barnsdale Gardens

 

 

Rutland Water

Rutland Water, just outside Oakham, is one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe, and provides a huge number of leisure pursuits.   Whether you want to walk, cycle, fish, sail, windsurf, go birdwatching or simply relax and enjoy the scenery, you're certain to get plenty of choice at Rutland Water.  Set in over three thousand acres, it is recognised as one of the most important fishing sites in Europe, and attracts a large number of anglers throughout the season.  It is no less important to bird watchers, who have their own facilities away from other attractions.  With all of the activities available here, and beautiful woods with bluebell in the spring, it is always a popular place to go.

 

 

The Birdwatching Centre

The Birdwatching Centre at Egleton has lagoons designated to encourage wildlife on the shore of the reservoir and offers numerous hides and miles of pathways thronged with birds, butterflies and plants.  The Nature Reserve is also home to the successful Osprey project where the first Osprey chick to fledge in Central England for 150 years was hatched in 2001. Ospreys are regularly seen fishing over the reservoir and can easily been seen from a variety of positions around the water.

Rutland Birdwatching Centre

 

 

Rutland Water Cycling

This company has hire and sales centres feeding on to the 25-mile pathway around the reservoir.  The shops are staffed by dedicated cycle enthusiasts who will give you all the advice you need to hire cycles.  The shop is open seven days a week, where you can buy anything from a pump to a bicycle.

Cycle Hire

 

 

Rutland Sailing Club

This has a thirteen acre site on the South shore of Rutland Water which boasts seven concrete slipways with pontoons and connecting walkways, permitting easy launch and recovery of keelboats and cruisers. There are 145 moorings for cruisers and parking space for 850 dinghies and sailboards.  Explore Rutland Water and enjoy the tranquility, spectacular views and wildlife.  The Sailing Club can arrange boats and lessons for beginners.

 

 

Rutland Water Fishing

What better way to relax than with a fishing rod in your hand?  A wide range of permits are available to fish the water and fishing boats can be hired for the day.  Trout fishing is available from March to 31 December.

Rutland Water Fishing

 

Rutland Water Cruises

The Rutland Belle cruises around the reservoir and enable visitors to enjoy the sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest. The Rutland Belle can carry up to 110 passengers at any one time

Rutland Water Cruises

 

 

Normanton Church

The site of Normanton Church would have placed it below the proposed water line of Rutland Water. It was saved from this fate through a project which raised the floor level of the church and protected the lower part of the building with a pier of stones.  The Church now stands proudly by the side of Rutland Water and is often used for wedding ceremonies.

 

 

Rockblok

The Rockblok give opportunities for safe climbing for most abilities.  The 8 metre high outdoor climbing and abseil tower has routes for novice and experienced climbers.  Located on the north shore of Rutland Water near the village of Whitwell, the Rockblok caters for all ages, and provides  challenging and exciting experiences in a safe, friendly environment.

 

 

 

 

More places to visit in Rutland

 


For further local information for visitors to Rutland
please do look at our local visitor website – Discover Rutland

 

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