This rural getaway offers a wealth of activities for those who appreciate the outdoors. With numerous walking and cycling paths, golfing, fishing, and the enormous variety of watersports accessible on Rutland Water, outdoor sports are very well catered for.

Whether you have a love of wildlife and the outdoors, a passion for gardening, or a keen interest in photography and landscape art, Rutland is a terrific area to pursue your interests in your surroundings. Around Rutland Water, there are two nature reserves with several hides that offer wonderful opportunities to see a rare bird or two.

Theaters, art galleries, and shopping in two Market Towns, Uppingham and Oakham, which provide a vast range of boutiques, farm shops, and family-run enterprises, are all great options for those who prefer to stay indoors.

The amount of locally produced food and drink that Rutland provides to tourists and residents makes it a very proud county. We are very lucky to have several award-winning pubs and restaurants, all of which can tell you where the food on their menus comes from.

Uppingham – With a wealth of history and a host of excellent shops, Uppingham has a character all of its own. Renowned for its excellent range of antique shops, fine art galleries and book shops, visitors come far and wide. Most of the shops can be found on the High Street and Market Place, but there are many others hidden away along ancient alleyways. A traditional weekly market takes place in the town on Fridays.

Oakham – Is the largest town in Rutland and is packed with heritage. Just minutes away from Rutland Water, it is a pretty traditional English market town with a hive of activity. If you like to shop you can do it until you drop with the boutiques, antiques and art galleries, finishing with a relaxing beverage at one of the many cafes or if you are in need of something stronger, Oakham has its very own brewery.

Stamford – Just over the border in Lincolnshire (16 miles from our woodland), is Stamford, widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England. With narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, shopping is a real pleasure. As the town has a reputation for good food, you will be spoilt with a choice of places to eat and drink.

Melton Mowbray –.Promoted as the “Rural Capital of Food”, Melton Mowbray is perhaps best known for its culinary specialties, being the home of the eponymous pork pie and one of the five homes of Stilton cheese. Its holds a farmers market every Tuesday and Friday, which always offers an extensive range of produce. On every Tuesday throughout the year there is also a livestock market. Melton Mowbray is 20 miles from our woodland in the county of Leicestershire

Multum In Parvo

Despite being the smallest county in England Rutland has a lot to offer you, hence the county motto ‘Multum In Parvo’ which means ‘Much in Little’.

Rutland is a great place to pursue an interest in your surroundings, be it a passion for wildlife and nature or an enthusiasm for gardening, you can find it here. There are two nature reserves around Rutland water, with many hides providing a great opportunity to spot a rare bird to two – or you can visit one of the many attractions inspired by the pleasure of gardens and shrubbery, the delightful Barnsdale Gardens is one not to be missed.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, then you will find lots of things to enjoy in this rural retreat. Outdoor sports are extremely well catered for with plenty of walking and cycling available, plus fishing, golfing and the huge choice of water sports that take place on Rutland Water, during the Summer there’s also a beach and an Aqua Park!