From Stamford head past Rutland Dam to Whitwell, before pausing at the famous Barnsdale Gardens. Tour the Hambleton Peninsular before arriving at the market town of Oakham. Pass through Uppingham to take in the Seaton Viaduct and visiting Normanton Church before finishing up Burghley House.
The Lincolnshire town of Stamford is a great place from which to explore the county of Rutland. Soak up the atmosphere of the stone faced buildings, spend some time on the banks of the River Welland or enjoy some fine food at one of the town’s haunts – The George is one of England’s finest coaching inns – but probably best to give the gallows a miss!
On the way to Whitwell, one of the smallest villages in Rutland, you will pass Rutland Dam. Whitwell Harbour is a great for sailing and pleasure boating – and you can also catch the Rutland Belle for a cruise around Rutland Water. Leave Whitwell to explore the famous Barnsdale Gardens on the way to Hambleton.
A journey round the Hambleton peninsular will gives some great views across Rutland Water – and you may catch the ospreys fishing. Whilst Hambleton Hall, one of Britain’s finest country houses is a striking sight. Call at Egleton nature reserve on your way to Oakham, to see the local and migrating birdlife.
Pause in Oakham to enjoy Oakham Castle – the oldest English court building - with its collection of massive horseshoes donated by peers of the realm over the centuries, the Rutland County Museum and the 14th century Oakham All Saints Church rising 162ft high. Follow the Oakham Heritage Trail to fully explore the county town.
Relax and explore the streets of Uppingham, famous for its antique shops and art galleries. Follow the Uppingham Heritage Trail to fully explore the bustling market town including Stoke Dry Church with views across the Eyebrook Reservoir – was the Gunpowder Plot really hatched here? – no-one knows for sure.
The Welland Viaduct, also known as Seaton Viaduct or Harringworth Viaduct is made up of 82 arches and is over 1.1km long as it crosses the River Welland valley. It is a striking sight and makes for some great photo opportunities.
On the eastern shore of Rutland Water, the village of Normanton is home to Normanton Church, one of Rutland’s most famous landmarks, set against the backdrop of open water. Take a walk or bike ride along the shore line to appreciate the beauty of the location.
Take in the stunning and expansive Burghley House, built in the 16th century and surrounded by peaceful parkland created by Capability Brown – take a walk and may be you can spot the local fallow deer herd.