Rutland Water

Normanton church: Roy R&WRoute Details

  • From - to: Circular ride from Oakham
  • Distance: 17 miles around the lake / 23 miles including the peninsula
  • Terrain: Mostly traffic-free on stone-surfaced paths with some sections on quiet tarmacked roads. 
  • Access: Oakham Rail Station
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 63 and local routes

Route Description

Rutland, famously England's smallest county, has at its heart one of England's largest man-made lakes, created as a reservoir in the 1970s.

The route begins in historic Oakham that houses a market every Wednesday and Saturday and contains a fine Norman castle site and the Rutland Museum celebrating the county's heritage.

A short detour at Barnsdale Country Club takes you to Barnsdale Gardens, a series of individual gardens created by ecologically-minded gardener, the late Geoff Hamilton.

You will also pass Normanton church, the last remnant of a village depopulated in the 18th century to make way for a park. The foundations of the village are now drowned but the upper parts of the church remain above water and house an exhibition on the making of the lake.

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Rutland Water was completed in 1978 by flooding the River Gwash valley and is western Europe's largest man-made lake.

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