What outdoor activities can I do in Rutland during lockdown 2.0?

With social distancing back in play, you may be wondering what outdoor activities you can take part in during November?

We know temperatures are cooler, but what is better than a nice crisp walk in a wood wrapped up in winter wool with a hot coffee? Or maybe a cycle ride to get the blood flowing – what better way to exercise during lockdown than to grab your bike (or hire one) and take in the beauty of Rutland? #DiscoverRutlandOutdoors

Rutland Water

Rutland Water Park, Whitwell  01780 686800

As we all know – Rutland Water has it all – fishing, birdwatching, walking, cycling, water sports – you name it! Not only does it bring vital water resources for the surrounding regions, but it also provides a fantastic day out for all the family. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a tranquil walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than the fabulous Rutland Water Park.

Tracks and play parks are open and takeaway available from the cafes. Anglian Water are continuing to review which activities can remain open in line with the Government guidelines. Fishing will continue. Sailing and windsurfing access will remain open for members and day launches only.  Please check the Rutland Water Park web-page to find out what is and isn’t open before you travel.



Barnsdale Gardens, Exton  01572 813200

Are you a budding gardener or fascinated with the beauty of nature? With thirty-eight individual gardens in an eight-acre site, there’s plenty to see and do at Barnsdale Gardens. Go for great ideas for your own outside spaces or simply have fun exploring their magical hidden corners, ponds and an allotment with chickens and giant organically grown veg.

The gardens are accessible by wheelchair users and disabled parking is available.

In accordance with the latest government guidelines in effect from 5th November, the gardens and nursery will remain open. You may only visit the gardens with members of your household or support bubble. They will remain open every day from 9am-5pm.

Credit Hamilton Photography – Barnsdale Gardens



Rutland Cycling, Whitwell and beyond  01780 460705

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, they’ve got just the bike for you from hybrid and mountain bikes, to the latest electric bikes, tandems and kids’ bikes, tag-a-longs and buggies – all current season models, replaced every year.  Plus, they’ll also rent you all the extras, including helmets, child seats and comfy saddle covers.

They are open 7 days a week 9am – 5.30pm in the winter season and bike prices start at just £10.99. Stores will remain open during November. Cycle hire will continue to operate with online booking only – 50% of hire revenue will be donated to the Fareshare charity.


Family walks

Burghley Parkland, Stamford 01780 752451

Although the gardens and house are closed, you are still able to enjoy the epic views and majestic deer in the stunning Burghley parkland.

They hope their visitors to Burghley will be able to enjoy the great pleasures which the Park has to offer at this time of year. Together, they want to support their local community as much as they possibly can and enhance your wellbeing at this difficult time.

They do ask all visitors to observe government guidelines regarding social distancing and essential travel, and also ask that you keep your dog on a lead at all times to ensure the safety of our livestock.

Open daily from 7am to 6pm, free of charge. The Garden Shed will be providing takeaway refreshment, but the public toilets will be closed. The Garden Shed is open daily from 10:30am-4pm, offering hot & cold takeaway drinks and snacks.

Burghley House


Play areas and trails

Fineshade Woods, Corby 0300 067 4340

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.

Whether you want to have a leisurely wander through the trees, get the kids to let off some steam at one of the exciting play areas or go on a family bike ride (bike hire is available), Fineshade Wood is bursting with opportunities to explore the great outdoors.

Take a short detour from the Dales Wood trail and you will stumble across a secluded haven for wildlife enthusiasts.

Venture deep into the woodland at Fineshade Wood. With an easy access trail and two longer trails to choose from, there is something for everyone. They remain open but with limited facilities.


Natural beauty and coffee

Yew Tree Avenue, Clipsham   01780 410382

The fascinating yet tranquil Yew Tree Avenue at Clipsham is over 200 years old, consisting of over 150 clipped Yew Trees in all manner of unusual shapes. Once the carriage driveway to Clipsham Hall, the Avenue, which costs nothing to visit, is now a pleasant place to sit and enjoy a takeaway coffee.

Please note they are open but the car park is getting a facelift! Work will start on 12th November. They will still be open, but car parking will be restricted. Please take care.

Yew Tree Avenue bush sculpture