As signs of Spring start to appear all around us, what better time to get out and get to know our beautiful county again? Rutland is a walker’s paradise with public footpaths, shared access routes and so much to see along the way. And as we don’t have any mountains or rough terrain to speak of, it’s accessible for all ages and abilities, too.
Read on for our guide to the best spring walks Rutland has to offer.
Starting in the picturesque village of Wing and taking you to Lyndon Nature Reserve on the edge of Rutland Water, this 8.4km (about 5 miles) walk is full of beautiful views. Best of all, this walk starts from The Kings Arms in Wing, so you can start or end with some food and drink – you’ve earned it!
Exton Park is a beautiful place to walk any time of year but in the Spring you will see the trees maturing, wildlife all around you and buds blooming. If you’re lucky, you might also see some lambs!
With over 25 miles of paths to choose from, Rutland Water is the ultimate in walking variety. With circular routes that take you off the beaten track, or easy to follow and well-marked paths all around the reservoir, there is so much choice. Depending on your ability, you can choose a flat route or something more challenging (read – hilly!).
For the ultimate walking challenge why not take on the Rutland Round? The Rutland Round is a circular walk of about 65 miles around the county of Rutland. The route can be broken down into five, near-equal sections and can be started at any point and travelled in either direction.
A guidebook detailing the walk can be bought from all good bookshops.
For walks slightly further afield, there are many beautifully managed estates around Rutland that offer wonderful walks, especially at springtime. Why not try Burghley House, Grimsthorpe Castle or Rockingham Castle? All will have a plethora of spring flowers and nature to see, with something for all the family.