Activities in Rutland




For those who enjoy walking, Rural Rutland is a walkers wonderland and has long attracted keen ramblers and casual walkers alike.  Rutland is such a beautifully rural county to visit, especially if you appreciate walks with stunning views and an interesting history.

Several books have been published detailing walks around the county.  One of these publications, The Rutland Round, is a complete tour around the perimeters of the county, covering a route totalling 65 miles.  The route can be broken down into sections, making the undertaking less daunting.  The Rutland Round can be purchased from bookshops and the Tourist Information Centre at Sykes Lane, Empingham.


An organised walk for the Rutland round takes place during the Rutland walking and cycling festival more information can be found here



For a walk with a few less miles ,  shorter walks are available in surrounding areas with leaflets and maps here at The Tithe Barn for your use -









If you'd rather stay near by shops and cafes on your walks then take a look at the Oakham Heritage Trail which makes sure you won't miss the many interesting features in the county town of Rutland.





Walking Routes


There are several famous walking routes which pass through the county.  The Macmillan Way runs from Boston on the Lincolnshire coast to the Dorset coast at Abbotsbury. It is called the Macmillan Way as it has been developed to increase public awareness of Macmillan Cancer Relief and to assist in the raising of funds for this vitally important charitable organisation, whose role is to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families.  This route passes the south banks of Rutland Water.


Macmillan Way Website


The Viking Way is a long distance footpath running 147 miles between the Humber Bridge in Lincolnshire and ends in Oakham. This is a high quality long distance walk linking other major routes in Eastern England, these being the Yorkshire Wolds Way at the northern end, the Hereward and Macmillan Ways from Oakham and indirectly via the Hereward Way, the Jurassic Way from Stamford and the southern end of the Peddars Way from Thetford.  The official plaque marking the end of The Viking Way historic route is outside the Rutland County Library in Oakham.


The Hereward Way takes its name from Hereward the Wake, the 11th century leader who had his base on the Isle of Ely, who fought against William the Conqueror.  The footpath runs through Stamford, Peterborough, March, Ely and Brandon.  It links two other long-distance footpaths: the Viking Way in the west and Peddars Way in the east.


Rutland is the perfect place for walking, with miles of paths and tracks, ideal for those who enjoy finding their way around the tiny villages, little known tracks and country lanes.  The perimeter of Rutland Water is an ideal car-free environment to get out and sample the delights of the county.


Golf Clubs in Rutland

The nearby Greetham Valley Golf Course, in the next village, has been carefully developed from traditional undulating farmland to create three diverse and interesting courses, each with their own unique challenges for every level of player.  Day visitors are welcome.  There is a newly fitted out gym, also with day membership available, and they now have a salmon pool for anglers who want to test their skills with this less easily found fishing.

Rutland Water Golf Club is on the shores of Rutland Water, with fabulous views of the reservoir and surrounding countryside.  Here players have a choice of nine par 3 holes on the Hambleton course or a challenging NEW 18 hole Championship Normanton course. Clubs are available for hire as are buggies.


Regular Events in and around Rutland


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