Set in 3,100 acres of beautiful countryside, Rutland Water is Europe’s largest man-made lake. Water sports such as wind surfing, sailing, canoeing and fly-fishing are available and cycling/walking are also popular. The circuit around the reservoir is 25 miles and there are a number of good pubs en route where you can relax. It is also possible to take a cruise on a paddle steamer called the Rutland Belle and enjoy the scenery. Since the creation of the reservoir twenty years ago the nature reserve has become an important wildlife sanctuary. Over 250 species of birds have been counted here and wildfowl numbers can exceed 20,000 in the winter – you may even be lucky enough to catch sight of an osprey.