Part of the new Discover Rutland Food & Drink Map is this Northern Cycle Route of 24 miles, with a shorter 14 mile option. The route follows rural roads. You can also enjoy a bike ride on our southern route.
Starting at Rutland Garden Village, this route passes through the villages of Ashwell, Whissendine, Teigh, Market Overton, Cottesmore and has an option to pop into the market town of Oakham. The 14 mile options takes in Ashwell, Whissendine, and Teigh.
Parking is available at Rutland Garden Village, Ashwell Road, LE15 7QN, with cakery, restaurant and food market onsite.
Turn right out of the car park onto Oakham Road into Ashwell. At the cross roads, turn left onto Whissendine Road, going over the level crossing. Continue through Whissendine then turn right onto Melton Road, going past Whissendine Windmill (pop down the lane to take a closer look).
Continue on Melton Road – eventually turning right onto Cuckoo Hill – or a few hundred yards further along you will find The Dairy Barn Café, home to Ferneley’s Ice Cream, which makes an ideal pit stop, then head back to Cuckoo Hill to re-join the route.
Turn right onto Stapleford Road, then a quick left onto Holygate Road. Take the next right onto Station Road, then at the T-junction turn right onto Teigh Road. After the village, take the left at the junction towards Market Overton for the longer route.
- for the 14 mile option, turn right towards Ashwell and follow the road back to the starting point at Rutland Garden Village
Pass the Black Bull Inn and turn right onto Main Street. Follow the road into the next village of Cottesmore. At the T-junction turn left into the village, passing The Sun Inn. Out of the village, turn right onto Exton Road.
At the junction, turn left onto Cottesmore Road through Burley and continue over the roundabout into Oakham on Burley Road.
- If you wish to miss Oakham, turn right at the round about and right again at the next roundabout, onto Ashwell Road, continuing straight until you’re back to the starting point.
In Oakham, you can use the cycle racks at Oakham Library just left of the roundabout and explore the town. Depart back up Burley Road, taking a left onto Ashwell Road. Continue straight over the roundabouts until you return to your starting point.