Walks and Trails

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!

View our handy Food & Drink Map with cycling route and list of places to eat


Rutland Walking Leaflets

Look out for the numerous walking leaflets to be found around village locations with easy to follow directions ensuring that you don’t get lost.  Although, with plenty of cosy pubs en-route, you’ll never be far from a friendly local to ask for advice or a refreshing pit stop! Why not print off your own walking leaflets now to save time?

Numerous enjoyable walks have been specially put together for you by experienced and knowledgeable locals, taking in some of the most beautiful parts of the county in five of our picturesque villages, click  Exton walks  – Braunston walks – Empingham walks – Ryhall walks – Wing walks.

Places to go, things to see

At Rutland Water, with it’s 23 mile circuit (or 17 miles without the peninsula), you can decide how far you want to venture, then turn around and head back. The distance between the car parks are roughly;

  • Barnsdale – Whitwell = 1 mile
  • Whitwell – Sykes Lane = 1.5 miles
  • Sykes Lane – Normanton = 2 miles
  • Hambleton Peninsula circuit = 5 miles

South of the county is the beautiful Fineshade Wood with play areas, cafe, cycling facilities and 3 walking trails to suit all;

  • Dales Wood trail – scenic woodland walk using purple markers. 3 miles (4.8 km)
  • Mill Wood trail – long woodland walk using pink markers. 6 miles (9.7 km)
  • The Smelters’ walk – short, circular family friendly walk using yellow markers. 2 miles (3.2 km)

The grand estates from our local Stately homes and castles also offer beautiful scenic routes; Burghley House Rockingham Castle.


Longer Local Routes

The Rutland Round, is a complete tour around the perimeter of the county launched in 2000, covering a route totalling 65 miles. The route can be broken down into sections, making the undertaking less daunting, and you can do this during the Rutland Walking Festival in May. A guide to The Rutland Round can be purchased from local bookshops, such as Walkers of Oakham on the High Street.

The Uppingham Round: A circular walk of around 80 miles with Uppingham at its geographical centre, it passes through the districts of Harborough (Leicestershire), Corby (Northamptonshire) and East Northamptonshire.  It takes in some less trodden routes and crosses some of the most attractive countryside as well as visiting notable parish churches and offering views of the Harringworth viaduct.

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.

Smaller Local Routes

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

If you’d like to enjoy the character and history of our market towns and learn more about the stories of their past, with plenty of opportunities to sample the delights of nearby shops and cafes, then take a look at the Oakham Heritage Trail  and Uppingham Heritage Trail for a wonderful day out.

National Routes

There are several famous walking routes which pass through the county;

The Macmillan Way is a 290 mile route from Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset, and was originally developed to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and has raised over £350,000 to date. It was opened as a fully signed and waymarked route in 1996.  This route passes the south banks of Rutland Water.

The Viking Way is a 147 mile route crossing an area historically occupied by Norse invaders. Starting in Hull, winds its way southwards 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 covers 110 miles, starting in Oakham and finishing in Thetford, Norfolk.

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. 90 miles long.

Rutland Driving Trails

Discover the hidden gems of the East Midlands with these scenic drives that the whole family will enjoy.

If you’re looking for things to do during your visit to Rutland, take on one of our magnificent Mystery Driving Tours, starting in either Oakham or Uppingham. Each route takes in a different part of the county and provides a fascinating insight into the wealth of Rutland history that you can find in our beautiful villages and market towns. Castles, Palaces, a Royal Forest, film locations, a macabre past, medieval churches, steam engines and even reminders from the jurassic era – you’ll be surprised to find such a fusion of history, geology, architecture, science and Victorian industry all ready to tell an amazing story of the smallest county in England throughout the ages!

Download Your Mystery Driving Tours Here:

  1. Rutland Water
  2. Bishop’s Eye
  3. Royal Forest Trail
  4. The Vale Trail
  5. Victorian Miracle Trail
  6. Lost and Gone Trail
  7. Forgotten Rutland Trail


Several books have been published detailing interesting walks around the county for all ability levels. The Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival has been held towards the end of May each year for the last 10 years.  It’s a superb celebration of Rutland’s glorious countryside with lots of top tips for getting the best out of cycling and walking your way around Rutland.

Rutland Food & Drink Trail

Rutland is a county bursting with flavours! Discover the array of local produce available within this food and drink map, with a handy list of places to eat locally.

Uppingham Heritage Trail

A guided walk through Uppingham’s Heritage. There are 20 identified sites numbered on the map.

Eyebrook Wild Bird Feeds

A family run farm passionate about birds & conservation. Offering quality bird feed, feeders and footpaths! Visit Rectory Farm, where Grandma’s old show pony stables have been converted into a small quaint shop selling the whole product range just yards away from there the mixes are all blended.

Rutland Walks: Exton

Two picturesque walks from the village of Exton, starting at The Fox and Hounds at the village green.

Fineshade Wood

A hidden gem in the countryside south of Rutland! Located between Stamford and Corby, Fineshade Wood provides a picturesque setting for your next family adventure.

Rutland Walks: Ryhall

Enjoy these two rural routes from this lovely Rutland village of Ryhall, both starting at the village hall.

Rutland Walks: Wing

Two countryside walks, both starting at a great village pub, The Kings Arms.

Rutland Food & Drink Trail

Rutland Cycling Whitwell, Bull Brig Lane, Oakham, UK

Uppingham Heritage Trail

Market Place, High Street Eas, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY, United Kingdom

Eyebrook Wild Bird Feeds

Eyebrook Wild Bird Feeds, Church Bank, Great Easton, Market Harborough, UK

Rutland Walks: Braunston

Cedar Stree, aunsto, Rutland, LE15 8QS, United Kingdom

Rutland Walks: Exton

The Fox & Hound, The Gree, Exto, Rutland, LE15 8AP, United Kingdom

Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood, Fineshade, Nr Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 3, United Kingdom

Rutland Walks: Ryhall

Ryahll Village Hall, Church Stree, Ryhall, Rutland, PE9 4HR, United Kingdom

Countryside for all walk: Egleton Nature Reserve

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Rutland Wate, Egleto, Rutland, LE15 8BT, United Kingdom

Countryside for all walk: Exton

West End, Exto, Rutland, LE15 8BD, United Kingdom

Rutland Walks: Wing

Top Stree, Wing, Rutland, LE15 8SE, United Kingdom