Rutland Water Egleton Circular Walk

Distance: 5.5 miles
Terrain: a gentle climb to 165m
Location: Rutland / Leicestershire [location map]
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map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 234 (Rutland Water)
My last walk: 15 Aug 2010

I can't advise you to park at the Egleton Bird Watching Centre, SK878072 because it's for the visitors to the birdwatching centre. However, it has public conveniences. Better to park in Egleton itself. Pick up the Rutland Round. cross (carefully) the A6003 and a railway line. Then comes most of the climbing.

The countryside in Rutland is just delightful. The path keeps climbing, giving hope of a better view.

At Brooke Road, the Rutland Round heads back along the road towards Oakham, but cross the road and pick up an ordinary public right of way. Walk alongside Gorse Field Wood and towards the mobile phone mast and Hill Top Farm (clues that this might be a good viewpoint!) Before getting to the mast, at SK845077 (ish) is the best view of the reservoir. Here you can see the two 'arms' of the reservoir and the bump on the horizon in the middle of this photo is Hambleton Peninsula.

At the phone mast, use Braunston Road to get back to Oakham (Britain in Bloom winner). It's a pretty road with good verges on each side. Heading south out of Oakham, past the Museum and back with the Rutland Round, we leave the B641 at SK864082 cross a couple of fields, the A6003 again and a couple more fields (all well waymarked) before arriving back in Egleton, which really is a pretty village.

Osprey webcam at Lyndon Nature Reserve - Rutland Water is home to the first Ospreys to breed in England for 150 years. View the webcam

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This walk uses Ordnance Survey map Explorer 234 (Rutland Water)

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