Things To See and Do Around Rutland

There is a wealth of things to see and do in and around Rutland. A great site to get a sense of the county is Discover Rutland but the following are just a few ideas to get you started:

Walking:
Rutland is well served by local bus routes which are invaluable for walkers and cyclists alike. A popular challenge is the Rutland Round, a circular walk of about 65 miles round the county of Rutland. It actually goes past the front door!
Cycling:
Rutland is perfect cycling country providing a range of routes from gentle to quite challenging. Check out Discover Rutland for some great ideas or look for routes at Cycle-Route.com. Details about the Rutland Water circuit can be found on the Sustrans site.
Horse Riding:
Rutland is famous for its equestrian activities - Langham village boasts two polo clubs, Ranksboro Polo and Rutland Polo but for trekking etc. check out the Rutland Riding Club or Discover Rutland for more information. For all-weather gallops, an indoor school, equine pool and electronic walkers there is Mick Appleby Racing just around the corner.
Rutland Water:
The man-made reservoir, operated by Anglian Water, provides the perfect place to enjoy a range of family activities. Fly-fishing is available for all skill levels so check out Rutland Fly Fishing Adventures for more information. To find out more about sailing there is the Rutland Sailing Club and for windsurfing hire and sales the Rutland Watersports Shop is there to help.
Wildlife:
Bird watching at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve is the most popular attraction as it is where you can see the Ospreys. The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre offers a close up experience of birds of prey from all round the world.
Attractions:
Covering 19 acres of reclaimed quarry, railway tracks and nature trails, Rocks by Rail is a journey back in time. If you like gardens then there's no better place than the late Geoff Hamilton's Barnsdale Gardens just outside the beautiful village of Exton. The Great Hall of Oakham Castle offers an insight into the history of Oakham and explains the significance of the horseshoes that you will see dotted all round the county. Burghley House, just outside the pretty Georgian town of Stamford, is the family home of the Cecils and is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.
Art & Culture:
There is a thriving arts community in and around Rutland. Rutland Open Studios is a group of artists producing original, affordable art in a range of disciplines which include painting, printmaking, pottery & ceramics, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, glass, jewellery, decoupage and photography. Visit local Langham artist Sarah Hatherill at Well Street Studio, just around the corner, or Nicola Elstone at Please Shut the Gate in Braunston-in-Rutland. For a unique theatrical experience there is Tolethorpe Hall, home to the Stamford Shakespeare Company, who perform a range of open-air productions from June to August.