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Rutland Walking Breaks


Rutland Walking Breaks

Rutland is a great county boasting some stunning views. There are numerous walks that can accommodate both the experienced and novice walkers.

With our self catering holiday cottage only 1 mile from the Welland Valley and 4 miles from the famous Rutland Water we are well placed for all your walking needs. There are maps at the cottages to make sure you don’t get lost!

Most of the walks can be started from the cottage so no need to take the car !


Harringworth Viaduct and Seaton

This is classed as an easy walk that is only 1 mile away from the holiday cottage and is 4.3 miles in distance and is estimated to take 2 hrs to complete. You can walk directly from the cottage to the viaduct.

The Welland Valley is one of the most rewarding places to walk in an otherwise flat region. A particular feature is the Harringworth Viaduct, which spans the valley. The walk first hugs the pretty River Welland then climbs to the ridge to give fine views of the valley. Harringworth also boasts a great pub and restaurant.


Wing Maze and Rutland water

This also is classed as an easy walk and also is only 1 mile away from the holiday cottage and is 6.8 miles in distance and is estimated to take 2.5hrs to complete. Through the gentle Rutland Countryside, the small village of Lyndon and it’s Hall, Wing Maze and a pretty section along Rutland water make this a pleasant walk with the only negative being a 10min walk along a road. This can also be walked to from the holiday cottage.


Lyddington – Uppingham – Bisbrooke – Seaton – Lyddington

This moderate walk starts 2 miles away from the holiday cottage and in total is 9 miles in distance and is estimated to take 4 hrs to complete. Once again you don't need the car you start this walk from the holiday cottage.

There is much lovely countryside to be enjoyed on this tour of the villages south of Uppingham in rural Rutland. There are pleasant easy gradients and extensive grasslands, hedge-lined paths and tracks and a good pubs and restaurants in Lyddington.


North and South Luffenham

This is a pleasant half day gentle stroll that again is only 2 miles away from the holiday cottage and is 2.5miles and is estimated to take just around 1hr. This is a pleasant half-day walk through the limestone cottages of two of Rutland's many villages. The walk describes how to link the two, but there is much to see off-route. Views are good from the bridleway. If you don't mind walking the first bit along the road you can again start this from the holiday cottage.


Manton – Brooke - Gunthorpe

A wonderful little walk, classified as moderate is only 3 miles from the holiday cottage and is 5 miles in distance and is estimated to take 3hrs to complete. Starting from the pretty village of Manton in Rutland and visiting Brooke and Gunthorpe, the gentle, rolling landscape is delightful and the fields are mostly arable. The beautiful church of St Peter at Brooke is a joy to enter and has in its possession a rare Judas Bible, printed in London in 1511. The dwellings are exquisite and enchanting, tempting the wanderer to linger and gaze. You can start this walk directly from the holiday cottage.


Lyndon Hill – Edith Weston - Lyndon

This moderate walk is 5.7 miles long and is estimated to take 3.5hrs to complete. Again only 3 miles from the holiday cottage you start from the car park of Lyndon Top Nature Reserve, the route circles part of Rutland Water to visit Edith Weston and Lyndon. There are clear views across the giant lake, where stately buildings can be seen through the trees and small communities with visible landmarks of church spires. Both villages are very attractive, with their characteristic charming cottages and lovely old churches and the pleasant leafy environment is ever-present.


Lyddington Bede House and Eyebrook reservoir

This easy walk again is only 3 miles away from the holiday cottage and has only a moderate amount of climbing for the expanse of views it offers. Eyebrook Reservoir and the tiny village of Stoke Dry both add interest to the walk, while Lyddington is a delight itself. A visit to the Bede House in Lyddington, a property of English Heritage, can easily be fitted into the day. The walk is 4.97 miles in distance and is estimated to take 2.3hrs to complete. Again this walk can be started from the holiday cottage.


Hambleton Peninsula

This easy walk is 3 miles from the holiday cottage and is 3.5 miles long and is estimated to take 1.5hrs to complete. This walk takes you round the edge of the Hambleton Peninsula, which looks out in all directions over Rutland Water, a man-made success with stunning views.
The Finch Arms at the end of the walk is an excellent place for (posh) snacks and refreshments.
It can be very muddy and cyclists can be numerous on Bank Holidays.


Braunston - in - Rutland circular

This moderate walk is only 5 miles from the holiday cottage and is 6 miles in length and should take approx 3.5hrs to complete. This is a quiet walk in a quiet county just about sums up this route, although I am reliably informed that the Cottesmore Hunt uses the bridleways. There are few stiles and no steep climbs, there are good points at certain points. Some parts of the walk are not passable in wet weather, so perhaps it should be reserved for a dry summer or a frosty winter; either way, it's a walk well worth doing.


Rutland water

Rutland Water has 25 miles of footpath that will take you close to the water's edge as well as through woodland.
There are many stopping points with attractions, picnic areas, places to eat and picturesque viewpoints.


Rutland Discovery Trails

Rutland Water trail
Bishops eye trail
Royal Forest trail
Vale trail
Victorian miracle trail
Lost and Gone trail
Forgotten Rutland trail


The Rutland Round

This is a complete tour around the perimeters of the county, covering a route totalling 65 miles!


The Hereward Way

This follows a path through Rutland, passing through villages including Empingham, Whitwell and Barnsdale, before reaching Oakham.


Rutland Water Circular route

The circuit of Rutland Water is undoubtedly one of Britain's best waterside walking routes. You'll enjoy great views, sightings of rare wildlife, and distinctive landmarks such as the half-sunken Normanton Church.
Distance 17/23 miles ( if you take in the peninsula)


Rockingham Forest

The Royal Forest of Rockingham, a medieval hunting forest, is a beautiful patchwork of ancient woodlands and open agricultural land with historic features and attractive stone-built forest villages. Today the Forest offers visitors plenty of routes for walking, cycling and riding of which the following are part of :

  • Wakerley Great Wood
    This is an historic ancient woodland. The car park is set amongst majestic larch and includes a large grassed area for games and picnicing. A permanent orienteering course, all-ability woodland path, and a longer waymarked trail all leave from the car park. The woodland contains rich and diverse archaeological remains. The oldest features are two extremely rare Bronze Age cairns. The waymarked walk follows the medieval boundary of Wakerely Great Park - remnants of the 13th century deer park. The wood is gradually being reverted to native broadleaf woodland under the 'Ancient Woodland Project'. (approx 4 miles from the holiday cottage)
  • Fineshade Woods 
    The site offers visitors a unique opportunity to get inside the local environment, to explore it, to see local wildlife up close, and learn about local crafts and the heritage of the area. The visitor centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm summer, 4pm winter. You can walk or cycle the trails then refresh yourself at the Lodge Cafe, or browse in the RSPB shop. There are a host of activities and events throughout the year for people of all ages to enjoy. (approx 5 miles from the holiday cottage)
  • Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve
    Bedford Purlieus is an historic ancient woodland in the Soke of Peterborough. The wood was declared a National Nature Reserve by English Nature in 2000, in recognition of its importance as a species-rich semi-natural native woodland. The wood is home to more plant and insect species than most other woods in this country. Limited car parking facilities are available, and the wood is open for quiet recreation.
  • Fermyn Woods
    Fermyn Woods are ancient woodlands containing semi-natural oak and ash woods, along with conifer plantations. The woods were managed as coppices for many centuries, a practice that will begin again as the woods are converted to semi-natural broadleaf woodland under the 'Ancient Woodland Project'. Part of the Country Park, which includes a former ironstone quarry, is managed by Northamptonshire County Council. The Country Park has a large pay and display car park, visitor centre and toilets. Refreshments are available when the Visitor Centre is open. Waymarked trails, including an all-ability access route leave from the visitor centre. The Fermyn Forest Walk takes visitors up into the woods. The wood has been mapped for orienteering, and leaflets are available from the visitor centre.
  • Southey Wood
    Southey is a mixed woodland, with majestic oaks. The wood is in the Soke of Peterborough, and was once included in the medieval Royal Forest of Rockingham