Walks in Rutland
Rutland is England’s smallest county, covering 150 square miles and stretching over 15 miles across. It is situated in Central England, surrounded by Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. Walkers enjoy the unspoilt landscapes of this largely rural area, which is crossed by a number of long-distance footpaths, including Viking Way, Hereward Way, Macmillan Way and Jurassic Way.
The county boasts a couple of market towns – Uppingham and Oakham – and dozens of villages. The ancient County Town of Oakham is notable for the Great Hall of the Norman Castle, which boasts notable sculptures and over 200 horseshoes collected from royalty and peers of the realm. One of the main attractions of the nearby Market Place is Butter Cross, complete with stocks, and a restored Town Pump. Uppingham, towards the south of the county, is a picturesque town complete with distinctive local stone buildings and fine floral displays.
In the middle of the county is Rutland Water, Europe’s largest man-made reservoir. The 19-mile circuit of its shores (25 miles if you include the Hambleton Peninsula) is popular with both cyclists and walkers. Learn about the construction of the reservoir at the Normanton Church Museum, an imposing structure that has become the area’s most famous building.
Just outside the county border is Stamford, in Lincolnshire. There are hundreds of listed buildings to see in the area, or you may choose to follow the River Welland as it flows through Stamford and along the borders of southern Rutland.