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|Hambleton and Rutland Water|
|Author: Claire, Published: 16 Jul 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Armley Wood|
Start point: 52.6584 lat, -0.6704 long
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.
|Armley Wood to Peninsula Road|
Start point: 52.6605 lat, -0.655 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.
|Peninsula Road to Hambleton Wood|
Start point: 52.6507 lat, -0.6406 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|
Start point: 52.6506 lat, -0.6541 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
We had a great time walking our malamute around this route! :)
|By Lupin on 15 Mar 2015|
Lovely walk but hard on my feet as it was just about all hard surfaces. Plus you need to watch out for cyclists.
|By jilltomordy on 25 Jun 2017|
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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Uploaded: 30 Jan 2016
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