Places to go





Rutland Water is the sporting centre piece for sporting activities in Rutland. Set in 3100 acres of rolling English countryside, Rutland Water has a 25 mile (40km) perimeter track, perfect for Cycling, walking and running. There is a huge range of activities waiting for you regardless of age or ability. Whilst famous for its water sports and the newly opened "Aqua Park inflatable" there is also fly fishing, sailing, bike hire, swimming or relax on the beach and bring a picnic - (lots of picnic benches on site).

There is also a park run at Rutland water every Saturday, starting at 9am at Normanton Church. Park runners can register for free via the parkrun Uk website and need to bring a paper copy of there barcode with them. The parkrun attracts all ages and abilities who can run the 3 miles- and everyone is encouraged back for a drink and a chat afterwards. Junior parkrun happens every Sunday also at Normanton Church at 9am but a shorter distance of 2km and a lot more cheering. £1 parking all day for parkrun runners on the day.

Rutland is ideal for cyclists and ramblers, with trails and routes available from the visitors centre at Sykes Lane. Hiking from village to village whilst taking in the views of the country pub is very rewarding.


Rutland is blessed with some fantastic golf courses, with many enjoying the best views of the countryside. All our golf clubs are popular with our locals and offer fabulous social opportunities and dining facilities at their club houses for their visitors too.


If you enjoy seeing the countryside from the saddle, then "Stretton Riding School" can offer some serious hacking - just a 5 minute drive.

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Rutland is host to many sporting events, such as Dambusters Triathlon, The Vitruvian, Rutland Water Marathon and the International CiCLE Classic race. The annual Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in nearby Stamford draws hugh numbers of spectators and equestrian fans from all over the world. 


Known as the 'best stone town in England', Stamford is a must on any visit to this area. It is architectecturally outstanding with numerous medieval buildings as well as fine Georgian streets and squares. Five Churched of the first rank cluster closely together for what Sir Walter described as 'the finest scene between London and Edinburgh. On the edge of the town lies Burghley house which is well worth a visit.


The most famous garden attraction in Rutland. Situated near Exton, it attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy the magnificent gardens were built by Britain's best loved gardener, the late Geoff Hamilton, star of the BBC's Gardener's World.   

Barnsdale Gardens have 38 individual gardens are waiting for you to explore and admire the abundance of natural beauty all built on peat free, organic principles. Following an accessible walk around the gardens, spend some time in the nursery where many of the specimens on display in the gardens can be purchased and taken home with you. There is also a lovely tearoom so  you don't have to look far for refreshments and there's a superbly stocked gift shop featuring a range of exclusive Barnsdale souvenirs, both gardening and nature themed gifts.


The fascinating yet tranquil Yew Avenue at Clipsham is over 200 years old and consists of over 150 clipped Yew Trees. This amazing collection of topiary has provided a delightful place to stroll since the late 19th century with tree shapes to depict birds and animals.

Once better known as the carriage drive to Clipsham Hall, the Avenue which is free to visiting wanderers, is now a pleasant place to sit and perhaps enjoy a picnic in summer.


The gardens and parkland that you see today at Burghley were largely designed by Lancelot 'Capability' in the 18th century. Today, sweeping vistas down to the spires of Stamford with the back drop of the House create the perfect canvas for open air classical concerts, wedding receptions, events or just a quiet stroll.


The Castle is the centerpiece of the estate. Its is a large quadrangular house with a central courtyard. Each section has a different appearance, reflecting the different architectural styles that have employed here since building began in the 13th Century.

Once inside you can see the collection of paintings, furniture, tapestries as well as Thrones and furnishings from the House of Lords.

A woodland adventure playground is popular with families, as well as cycle routes on the estate, with options suitable for all cycling abilities and a lovely tea room to rest after your exercise.

OAKHAM - the county town of Rutland

Oakham is a pretty, traditional English market town, bustling with activity. Packed with heritage, there's plenty to see in Oakham which makes it ideal for a day trip or short break in the UK.

Rutland County Museum - is a great place to start your visit - get to know the fascinating history of the county and explore the exciting archaeology discoveries. The museum is a treasure trove of glittering exhibitions including displays covering rural life and county trades.

Step back in Time with a visit to Oakham Castle, by the Market Place, Britain's finest example of Norman architecture. Oakham Castle is open to the public 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) with a varied program of activities for visitors.

On High Street you cannot miss the impressive Victoria Hall, Grade 2 listed building rich in history and now serving the community as a multi-functional venue - art exhibitions & antique fairs.

Wander through the Market Place on a Wednesday or Saturday to find many stalls with the finest produce from meats and pies, local cheeses, artisan bread and fresh free-range eggs.

Oakham has an exciting and mouthwatering choice of menus to sample at an abundant mix of Cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs to suit every budget. With so many attractions to explore and plenty of stylish shops and boutiques to visit, you'll be grateful of the opportunity to sample our locally brewed ale and gather family and friends to experience delicious meals in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

MELTON MOWBRAY MARKET - Farmers market every Tuesday & Friday.

Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1JY

Something for everyone, stalls, Fur and feather, local produce and Livestock.

Tel: 01664 562971

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