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Hambleton and Rutland Water

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Hambleton and Rutland Water
Author: Claire, Published: 16 Jul 2013 Walk Rating:star1 Hambleton and Rutland Water Walkstar1 Hambleton and Rutland Water Walkstar1 Hambleton and Rutland Water Walkstar1 Hambleton and Rutland Water Walkstar0 Hambleton and Rutland Water Walk
Rutland, Oakham
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Hambleton and Rutland Water
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hambleton and Rutland Water Walk boot Hambleton and Rutland Water Walk
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A 4.5 mile circular walk around the Hambleton Peninsula which is surrounded on three sides by Rutland Water. The easy to navigate route (the water will guide you!) gives lovely views across the reservoir the whole way round. You’ll have chance to see plenty of wildfowl and the route also passes through two woodlands which are full of bluebells in the spring.

The walk has several steady climbs including one fairly long climb at the end. There are no stiles but several gates including at least one kissing gate. The start of the walk includes crossing a sheep pasture (which can be muddy) but the rest of the walk follows a well made stone track all the way round. You’ll be sharing the path with cyclists and sheep so take care with children and dogs. Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts from the small village of Hambleton, near Oakham in Rutland. Park on the roadside of the main road near St Andrew’s Church (with consideration for the residents). Approximate post code LE15 8TH.

Walk Sections

Start to Armley Wood
Start to Armley Wood

Start point: 52.6584 lat, -0.6704 long
End point: 52.6605 lat, -0.655 long

(NOTE: Since the time of writing, some of the signposts mentioned in this walk description have been removed, so don't let that confuse you...)

The walk begins from St Andrew’s Church in the centre of Hambleton. Walk away from the church further into Hambleton, passing the old post and telegraph office and then the old vicarage both on the right. When you reach the post box, turn left between brick pillars onto a driveway marked as a public footpath. Keep ahead through two narrow pedestrian gates in quick succession to join an enclosed path between hedgerows heading downhill.

At the end of this path, go through a gate on the right into a sheep pasture and walk diagonally downhill to reach the gate in the bottom boundary. This gate brings you to a T-junction with a stone track with the water beyond. Turn right and follow the track as it swings first left and then right. Follow the main stone track meandering and undulating with the water down to your left.

As the path runs down close by the side of the water you’ll reach a cattle grid with gate alongside marking the start of Armley Wood.

Armley Wood to Peninsula Road
Armley Wood to Peninsula Road

Start point: 52.6605 lat, -0.655 long
End point: 52.6507 lat, -0.6406 long

Follow the path through the woods and leave via the gate alongside another cattle grid. Rejoin the main stone track as it meanders alongside the shoreline.

Rutland Water supplies drinking water for customers of Anglian Water and, by surface area, it is the largest reservoir in England. It was constructed in 1975 through damming the Gwash Valley near Empingham, creating a horseshoe shaped lake around the existing ridge. The reservoir is important for wildlife and recreation and you are likely to see people fishing and sailing, whilst the birdwatchers amongst you will be able to enjoy Gadwall, Grebe, Lapwings and Ospreys (which were reintroduced in 1996).

The track begins to swing gradually right around the end of the peninsula and after winding a little you’ll reach a crossroads with a four-way signpost, where the track crosses the peninsula road.

Peninsula Road to Hambleton Wood
Peninsula Road to Hambleton Wood

Start point: 52.6507 lat, -0.6406 long
End point: 52.6506 lat, -0.6541 long

Go straight over to take the track opposite signed as the peninsula circuit. You’ll soon have open views of the southern stretch of Rutland Water and will have chance to really appreciate its scale. Follow the track as it passes through a gate alongside a cattle grid and swings around a pretty inlet. Continue as the track meanders close to the water’s edge passing another cattle grid via a gate and reaching the next area of woodland – Hambleton Wood.

Hambleton Wood to End
Hambleton Wood to End

Start point: 52.6506 lat, -0.6541 long
End point: 52.6586 lat, -0.6703 long

Beyond Hambleton Wood, keep ahead alongside another cattle grid and follow the track through the next sheep pasture. On your left you’ll see the beautiful old Jacobean-style stone built property known as The Old Hall which sits at the water’s edge.

Before Rutland Water was created, there were three settlements here – Upper Hambleton, Middle Hambleton and Nether Hambleton. The latter two were almost entirely submerged by the formation of the reservoir, leaving just the high ground of the Upper Hambleton peninsula which is about 3500 metres in length and 1000 metres wide. The Old Hall, built in 1611, would once have sat overlooking the valley but now sits at the edge of the reservoir.

As you draw level with The Old Hall, keep ahead through the open gateway and turn left away from Old Hall Cottage on the right. At the T-junction turn right and continue on the tarmac lane with the lake directly to the left.

Continue past a few properties on the right and you’ll come to a fork with a three-way signpost and a cattle grid ahead. Fork right here, alongside the cattle grid, signed for Hambleton Village. Follow the tarmac lane climbing uphill and at the top you’ll reach the church on the left, where the walk began. Take time to explore the church and other properties in the small village should you wish. Hambleton Hall was built in 1881 as a hunting lodge and it was whilst staying here that Noel Coward wrote his play Hayfever. The hall is now a small hotel and restaurant.

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6 Comments for: "Hambleton and Rutland Water"

Nice walk, even if the scenery doesn't change much. Couldn't let our 2 jack russells off lead.

By jophoenix on 12 Aug 2018

Nice walk but with a few up and downs but great views and a nice pub at the end

By awizzbang on 18 Aug 2017

Excellent walk, in fact perfect! One thing to note is most of the sign posts mentioned to follow are not there but it is still obvious which way to go from your other landmarks. Thank you.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed your walk and thank you for letting us know about the signposts. We have added a note to the start of the directions to let other walkers know.

By Glenda1 on 25 Jul 2017

This is a good walking route. I would categorise it as being fairly easy with a good firm walking surface and good views. There are a couple of steep inclines to negotiate particularly at the end. The route is actually 4.2 miles according to both my Garmin and Strava apps.

By johnb53 on 15 Jul 2017

Lovely walk but hard on my feet as it was just about all hard surfaces. Plus you need to watch out for cyclists.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk. Remember to read the walk introduction notes to choose the right walk for you, this intro does state that the walk follows a stone track that you will be sharing it with cyclists.

By jilltomordy on 25 Jun 2017

We had a great time walking our malamute around this route! :)

By Lupin on 15 Mar 2015

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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