Rutland Heritage Trail
Welcome to the Rutland Heritage TrailThese circular walks and cycle routes were developed as a part of the Rutland Heritage Trail. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rutland County Council, the Rutland Heritage Trail consists of six circular walks and cycle rides, celebrating the important historical events, people and places of Rutland.
Details of all the routes can be found in the Rutland Heritage Trail guidebook. Call Rutland County Council (01572 722577) for more information.
1. Bishops, Bombs And BonfiresA circular walk and cycle route taking in the villages of Lyddington and Stoke Dry. The pretty ironstone villages of Stoke Dry and Lyddington are linked by more than just their south Rutland location. Today's quiet village streets hide an eventful past - a tale of bishops, bombs and bonfires.
2. Fields And FolliesA circular walk and cycle route exploring the village and Old Hall estate of Exton. Surrounded by a landscape of fields and woodland, Exton village has been described as one of the prettiest in Rutland. Attractive 18t and 19th century thatched ironstone buildings are grouped loosely around a shaded village green.
3. Romans, Roses And PoemsA circular walk and cycle route taking in the villages of Great Casterton and Pickworth. To the north-east of Rutland, close to the border with Lincolnshire, the roads and bridleways of Pickworth and Great Casterton echo with the sound of the footsteps of past travelers - a history of Romans, Roses and Poets.
4. Forests, Monks And PagansA circular walk and cycle route taking in the villages of Braunston and Brooke. From Braunston to Caldecott, Launde to Lyddington, much of the south-west of Rutland was, during the Medieval Ages, covered by the ancient Royal Forest of Leighfield. In Brooke a small priory of Augustinian canons was established, whilst at Braunston there is evidence of much earlier, pagan beliefs.
5. Mysterious Mazes And Vanished VillagesA circular walk and cycle route taking in the villages of Wing, Manton and Preston. To the south of Rutland Water can be found two mysterious Rutland places - with intriguing puzzles to be discovered and understood. In Wing, an ancient turf maze of unknown date and to the west a deserted house standing alone in a field.
6. Canals And Canterbury, Water And WestminsterA circular walk and cycle route taking in the villages of Market Overton, Whissendine and Langham. In the north-west of Rutland, close to the border with Leicestershire, a 200 year old waterway winds its way across the countryside from Oakham to Melton. Although its in no longer use, the old buildings and canal names survive in the local villages. Close by sits the ancient village of Langham, whose lands and church were once the property of the great Abbey of Westminster, and was also the birth place of Simon de Langham, the 14th century Archbishop of Canterbury.