Rutland is one of the smallest counties in the United Kingdom and is blessed with an exquisite beauty. At Rutland Water, there is trout fishing, bird watching and water sports such as wind surfing. With walks around the lake shore and scenic surroundings this is a wonderful place to spend a day or two and is very popular with people living in the East Midlands.
With two nature reserves, at Lyndon, and the bird reserve at Egleton there are many resources for people wanting to observe wildlife in the area. Rutland water is the perfect place for a picnic and to enjoy the miles of unspoilt countryside. At Oakham, a nearby market town, there is Oakham Castle to visit and a historic town centre with a Butter Cross. With traditional local shops the area is a delight to explore.
The town of Uppingham has a fantastic local market on Fridays and is a centre for arts and antiques. Rutland has over 50 small villages each with their own character and charm and ideal for exploring by walking and appreciating the history attached to them. Stoke Dry is reputed to be the place where the Gunpowder Plot was planned and Market Overton has some Roman earthworks in the village.
Barnsdale Gardens is a beautiful country garden near Exton worth visiting, and families will enjoy the historic Wing Maze in Rutland. The County of Rutland has many delightful guest houses and hotels and some excellent restaurants serving locally produced food. Rutland has discovery trails to guide visitors around the most scenic routes at their pace and even a walking festival to make the most of the great outdoors. Such a small county but such a lot to see and do.