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Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival 2016

2016 Dates: Saturday 21st May - Sunday 12th June

The Rutland Walking and Cycling Festivals are back for 2016 following huge success over the last seven years. The two festivals are a fun packed celebration of Rutland and its glorious countryside.

The festivals will offer host led walks and bike rides to suit all ages and abilities, perfect for a family day out. The residents of Rutland are encouraged to join the many walkers and cyclists who travel from far and wide. Further details including the festival programmes and how to register below and at

The full festival programme is available to view at: Walking & Cycling Festival 2016 or you can download it here

21st - 28th May 2016 - The Rutland Walking Festival

The Rutland Walking Festival will showcase the beautiful countryside of Rutland with a range of exciting walks, taking in the beauty and diversity of Rutland’s landscape, towns and villages – During week two of the festival you can walk the 64 mile Rutland Round across 6 days with its author John Williams. What better way to get a true feel for the beauty of the county through the eyes (and footprints!) of someone as passionate as John.

Here's a list of the Scheduled Walks:

Saturday 21st May, 10.30am - Ketton Ramble

Saturday 21st May, 2pm  - Uppingham School Sports Centre Walk

Monday 23rd May, 9am - Nordic Walking Taster, Ketton

Monday 23rd May, 10.30am - Oakham Health Walk

Monday 23rd May, 11am - Walking Football, Oakham

Tuesday 24th May, 11am - Inclusive Walking Football, Oakham

Tuesday 24th May, 2pm - Inclusive Rutland Water Walk & Talk, Sykes Lane

Wednesday 25th May, 10.30am - Landscapes of Lyddington

Wednesday 25th May, 2pm - Uppingham/Lyddington Round

Thursday 26th May, 2pm - Ketton Healthy Walk

Saturday 28th May, 10am - Geocaching around Lyndon

Saturday 28th May, 11.30am - Nordic Walking Taster, Barrowden

Walk the Rutland Round - 29th May-4th June 2016

During week two of the Festival, you can walk the 64 mile Rutland Round across 6 days or just a section. Following your knowledgeable guide, explore the county boundary, occassionally delving into the county to see beautiful market towns, and of course, Rutland Water.

Meet at all the locations listed below by 9am as a bus will collect you and take you to the start point, the walk will then bring you back to your car. A fee of £2 per day is charged to cover transport costs.

To book onto the Rutland Round please complete the online booking form at and follow the instructions.

Date Meeting Place Walk Distance
Sunday 29th May Lay-by on the A47 near Wardley, east of the Belton turn Oakham to Wardley 9.5 miles
Monday 30th May The George & Dragon, Seaton, LE15 9HU Wardley to Seaton 12.5 miles
Tuesday 31st May The Court House, Geeston, PE9 3RH (car park in the side field) Seaton to Geeston 10.5 miles
Wednesday 1st June OK Diner, Tickencote, PE9 4AD (overflow car park) Geeston to Tickencote 10 miles
Thursday 2nd June Gateway opposite the Herb Nursery, Thistleton, LE15 7RE (leave building doors clear) Tickencote to Thistleton 11 miles
Friday 3rd June The White Lion, Whissendine, LE15 7ET (2nd car park, near Stretton) Thistleton to Whissendine 7 miles
Saturday 4th June Rutland County Council, Oakham, LE15 6HP Whissendine to Oakham 5 miles

For more inforamtion or if you have any feedback of comments regarding Rutland Walking Festival, contact the Active Recreation Team on 01572 720936 or email

Things to Remember for a Safer Walk

  • Be prepared! Wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear, and take refreshments.
  • Respect the countryside. Take care in crops and be considerate of livestock, fastening all gates.
  • Take care when crossing or walking on roadways (walk facing oncoming traffic).
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control at all times
  • Select walks that are within your physical capability
  • Remember to take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints!

All walks will end where they began, please arrive 10 minutes before the stated start time. Walk leaders reserve the right to modify the routes

Rutland Cycling Festival - 3rd June - 12th June 2016

Rutland will be hosting a weeks cycling festival building on a successful event in 2015.

Here's a list of the Scheduled Rides:

Friday 3rd June, 10am - Breeze Mums & Tots Ride, Rutland Cycling Whitwell Store

Saturday 4th June, 9am - The Flying Scotsman Ride, Oakham Cycle Centre

Saturday 4th June, 10am - Beginner's Road Ride, Giant Store at Normanton, Rutland Water

Tuesday 7th June, 10am - Silver Cyclists, Giant Store at Normanton, Rutland Water

Tuesday 7th June, 6.30pm - Evening Road Ride, Rutland Cycling Whitwell Store

Tuesday 7th June, 6.30pm - Maintenance Class, Rutland Cycling Whitwell Store

Thursday 9th June, 10.30am - Normanton Leisurely Ride, Giant Store, Rutland Water

Sunday 12th June, 9am - Breeze Sunday Pedal (women only), Rutland Cycling Whitwell Store

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