Rutland’s gift for Active Holiday enthusiasts!

Rutland Water is the centrepiece for sporting activities in the county.  Set in stunning 3,100 acres of beautiful rolling English countryside, Rutland Water has a 25 mile (40 km) perimeter track, perfect for cycling, walking and running. There’s a huge range of activities waiting for you, regardless of your age or ability.  Whilst famous for its water sports and sailing facilities it’s also the perfect place for a spot of fly fishing.  Rutland Water is proud to host the Rutland Sailability program that is designed to enable people with any disability to enjoy sailing in a safe environment.

There is a weekly parkrun at Rutland Water every Saturday at 9am starting at Normanton Church. Parkrunners can register for free via the parkrun UK website and need to bring a hard copy of their barcode. The parkrun attracts all ages and abilities who walk, jog or run the 3 miles, from babies in buggies to Nordic walkers, there is also provision for all abilities – and everyone is encouraged back to the restaurant for a drink and a chat afterwards. Junior parkrun happens every Sunday, also at Normaton at 9am, but a shorter distance of 2km and lots more cheering! £1 all day parking for park runners on the day.

Rutland is ideal for cyclists and ramblers, with trails and routes available from the Visitor Centre at Sykes Lane (which has an adventure golf course not to be missed!) Hiking from village to village whilst taking in the views and a country pub or two is very rewarding!

Golf in Rutland

Rutland is blessed with some fantastic Golf Courses, many enjoying the best views in the county and offering fabulous social opportunities and dining facilities at their club houses for visitors. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an amateur, you’ll enjoy Rutland’s five excellent courses, and each with their own golfing challenges.

Rutland Water Golf Course, with panoramic views of Rutland Water, provides excellent golfing and wonderful leisure facilities.  There’s a driving range, the Hambleton 9-hole par-3 course and the challenging 18-hole Championship Normanton course.  Golf clubs and golf buggies can be hired and there are superb chipping and putting greens for practice.  The site offers luxury en-suite accommodation and a self-catering cottage to allow you to enjoy a relaxing golfing break with unparalleled views of Rutland.

Greetham Valley Golf Course features two 18-hole and one 9-hole course as well as fully equipped Clubhouse, pro-shop and driving range.  This popular golf club has a variety of Golf Breaks and Golf Society days with a thriving membership.  Their Golf Academy offers one-to-one, duo and group lessons that are available for novices, improvers and the occasional despairing low handicapper!  Greetham Valley has 35 hotel bedrooms, 8 eco friendly log cabins, restaurant and many other facilities.

There is also Woolfox Golf & Country Club, North Luffenham Golf Club and Luffenham Heath Golf Club to explore.

Sporting events

Rutland is host to many big sporting events, many being delivered by the excellent Pacesetter Events, including the Dambusters Triathlon, The Vitruvian, Rutland Water Marathon, SwimRutland and more. The SwimRutland NightSwim gives you the chance to experience the thrill of swimming in open water underneath the stars, this fantastic event is sure to be a firm favourite with adventurers! If open water swimming is of interest (first timers or regulars) then check out Inspire2Tri and their swim sessions.

There are also many sporting events and challenges throughout the year at venues including Burghley House and Belvoir Castle, including Tough Mudder.

The county also hosts prestigious international sporting events ideal for spectators; both the International CiCLE Classic race which sets off in Oakham every April and the annual Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in nearby Stamford, draw huge numbers of spectators from all over the world.

Culinary Courses

For a less ‘active’ activity, hone your BBQ skills with England Cricketing legend Matthew Hoggard – Hoggy’s Grill is based at Rutland Nursery and offers fun half day courses to inspire and give you confidence to become a BBQ king or queen!

Horse riding

If you enjoy seeing the countryside from the saddle, then Rutland can offer you some fantastic hacking, plus horse friendly accommodation!  Leicestershire & Rutland Bridleway Association organise a programme of rides throughout the year, including the Hambleton Bluebells, a 6 mile ride on mainly private tracks at Rutland Water.

If you’ve not ridden before and want to try some lessons, try booking into Somerby Equestrian Centre, Stretton Riding School or Owston Lodge Equestrian Centre.

Rutland Water Golf Course

Play the most outstanding golf in Rutland! With Panoramic views of Rutland Water you have a choice of the challenging 18 hole Championship Normanton course or nine par 3 holes on the Hambleton course.

Food & Drink Map

Rutland is a county bursting with flavour! The variety and quality of produce made in this area is astonishing.

Discover Rutland Food and Drink map

Local Walks

Be sure to take part in some autumn walks in and around Rutland and experience the crisp air and crunchy leaves under your feet.

Rutland Cycling Bike Hire & Sales

Twenty-three miles of beautiful traffic free trails around Britain’s largest man-made lake, makes a day at Rutland Water a real countryside delight, pedalling through the beautiful countryside with spectacular views over the water.  Whatever your age or ability, we’ve got just the bike for you from hybrid and mountain bikes, to the latest electric bikes, tandems and kids’ bikes, tag-a-longs, child seats and buggies – all current season models, replaced every year.  Helmets provided free of charge.  Full day hire available visit to book and for more information.  Please note:  Photo ID required for electric bike hire (Passport or Driving Licence).

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Mallard Point Vineyard & Distillery

Mallard Point is a family-run Single Estate Vineyard and Distillery located in Essendine, Rutland, offering tours and creating a range of local gins and still and sparkling wines.

Horse Riding

It is said that the East Midland has the best riding countryside in Europe and we have many hunts in the area as well as private stables and of course the Internationally famous Burghley Horse Trails plus Rockingham Horse Trails.

Swimming Pools in Rutland

If you’re looking for where to don your cossie and do some lengths, this useful list should help…

Oakham Castle

Britain’s finest example of Norman architecture, recently conserved and restored thanks to a £2.2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It was built between 1180-90 and is one of the oldest surviving aisled stone halls in the country.

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Ganders Goat Walking

Ganders Goat pride themselves on their green focused farming and production methods. Come Goat Walking on the farm, where they produce a range of Soap and Ice Cream from the goat milk.

Rutland Water Golf Course

Unnamed Road, Oakham LE15 8TU, UK

Local Walks

Wing, Oakham, UK

Rutland Cycling Bike Hire & Sales

Whitwell Leisure Park, ull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Rutland, LE15 8BL, United Kingdom

Mallard Point Vineyard & Distillery

Mallard Point, Bourne Road, Essendine, Stamford, UK

Hoggy's Grill: Cookery School

Rutland Water Garden Nursery Ltd, Lyndon Road, Oakham, UK

Swimming Pools in Rutland

Uppingham School Sports Centre, Leicester Road, Uppingham, Oakham, UK

Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT, United Kingdom

Ganders Goat Walking

Ganders Goat, Cottingham, UK