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A leisurely walk in Rutland

Rural Rutland is a walkers wonderland

Rutland is the perfect place for walking, and has long attracted ramblers, who enjoy finding their way around the tiny villages, little known tracks and country lanes. One of the best features is that you're never far away from a great village pub! 

Several books have been published detailing walks around the county and there is a Rutland Walking Festival which happens towards the end of May each year.

Walking Leaflets. Rutland has numerous walking leaflets based around village locations, which usually have a country pub to tempt you in for pre or post walk refreshment! Why not print off your own walking leaflets now to save time when you get here? Numerous enjoyable walks have been specially put together, taking in some of the most beautiful parts of the county in four picturesque villages, click  Exton - Braunston - Empingham - Ryhall - Wing - Langham and print off your own copy. These are also available to pick up locally.

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 local bookshops, such as Walkers on Oakham High Street.

Countryside for All: There are three accessible countryside routes available in Rutland: Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water and Exton

If you'd rather stay near by shops and cafes on your walks then take a look at the Oakham Heritage Trail  and Uppingham Heritage Trail, which makes sure you don't miss the many interesting features in our beautiful towns. 

The Uppingham Round: not one for the faint hearted! A circular walk of around 80 miles with Uppingham at it's geographical centre, it passes through the districts of Harborough (Leicestershire), Corby (Northamptonshire) and East Northamptonshire.

The Melton Round: a 64 mile walk which circles Melton Mowbray, taking in northerly parts of Rutland, designed to take advantage of the fine views available in the area.

Walking Routes There are several famous walking routes which pass through the county.  The Macmillan Way was originally developed to raise money for Cancer Research, and was opened as a fully signed and waymarked route in 1996.  This route passes the south banks of Rutland Water.  A number of publications cover the route, for more information go to

The Viking Way winds its way south wards from the Humber Bridge, through the Lincolnshire Wolds and finishes in Oakham.  The official plaque marking the end of this historic route is outside the Rutland County Library

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

The Jurassic Way follows the band of Jurassic Limestone that runs along the northern boundary of Northamptonshire, along the Oxford Canal, via Middleton Cheney and Woodford Halse to Braunston on the Grand Union Canal. Here it passes between Market Harborough and Corby, following the Welland Valley to Rockingham with its castle.

For further information on The Viking Way & The Hereward Way, contact the Visitor Information Centre at Sykes Lane on 01780 686800.

You can request some walking leaflets be posted to you on our brochure request page.

Treasure Trails

Rutland is a wonderful county to explore on foot, by bicyle or by car and a Treasure Trail is a fantastic thing to do with family or friends as a way to explore the area, see the sites and make new discoveries. Whether you are local or visiting for the first time, Treasure Trails will take you to the most beautiful and historic locations in Rutland and will get you outside in the fresh air, having fun.

There are currently SEVEN Treasure Trails available to purchase for Rutland, either online or in store from Sykes Lane Visitor Centre at Rutland Water - Walkers Bookshop, 27 High Street, Oakham or Rutland County Museum, Oakham:

Oakham Spy: Walking Trail. Break the code to save Oakham's flowers.

Uppingham Murder Mystery: Walking Trail. Can you solve the mystery of the jumped jockey?

Rutland Water South Shore Treasure Hunt: Driving or Cyle Trail. Solve the clues to find out where hidden gold might lie...

Rutland Water North Shore Murder Mystery: Driving Trail. Can you solve the mysterious death of wealthy banker Robin Crook?

Lyddington Treasure Hunt Trail: Walking Trail. Can you find the Bishop of Lincoln's lost treasure?

Langham to Wymondham Spy Mission: Drive or Cycle Trail. Can you foil the plot to save Rutland from the monster hamsters!

Welland Valley, South Rutland Spy Mission: Driving Trail. Can you foil the plot, to save the Seaton/Harringworth Viaduct from eccentric billionaire N.E. Bridges who wants to take it to his theme park in Utah?

Rutland Highlights

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle

The award winning Castle and stunning grounds have been readied for the new season. The Castle, which is the family home of the Saunders Watson...

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