- From - to: Circular ride from Oakham
- Distance: 17 miles
- 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
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.
Things to see and do
- Oakham Castle
- Barnsdale Gardens, Oakham
- Rutland Water
- Normanton Church, Rutland Water
- Egleton Nature Reserve
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
Rutland Water was completed in 1978 by flooding the River Gwash valley and is western Europe's largest man-made lake.