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Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival 2016

2017 Dates: Saturday 20th May - Friday 2nd June

The Rutland Walking and Cycling Festivals are back for 2017 following huge success over the last eight years. The festival is a fun packed celebration of Rutland and its glorious countryside and will 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 Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival

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. There will also be around 3-4 led walks and rides each day, suitable for a range of ages and abilities. It's the perfect opportunity to meet new people with similar interests, explore different areas of Rutland and enjoy some refreshment in nearby pubs! 

Walk the Rutland Round - 20th - 26th May 2017

The first week of the festival celebrates the county by exploring around it's perimeters, 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.

In 2016 the round was split into the following sections and followed the information below - this will be updated once it is known how it will work in 2017;

The group met at 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

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