Things to do in Rutland
The Old Plough is situated in picturesque Braunston, Oakham, perfectly positioned for exploring Rutland’s beautiful countryside. There are many things to do in Rutland. It is a wonderful place for walking, cycling amongst many other activities. It is a popular area for activity enthusiasts and nature lovers as well as having many places of interest.
Whatever your interest, we have a wide range of local attractions if you’re looking for things to do in Rutland and upcoming events. And don’t forget to book a table and room at our delightful 18th century pub and hotel. Phone 01572 722 714 to make a booking.
We are very fortunate to be close to internationally famous Rutland Water Nature Reserve, the largest man-made lake in the UK, providing walking, cycling routes, water sports and spectacular views.
All of our overnight guests are entitled to 10% off all activities at Rutland Water*. Read more about Rutland Water…
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Rutland Water Nature Reserve (Oakham)*
This internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl. Read more about Ruland Water
The Rock Blok Adventure Park (Oakham)
The RockBlok is an exciting outdoor activity centre, offering High Ropes, Climbing, Abseiling and Cycling for individual, family, school or corporate trips. Located on Rutland Water’s North Shore, one of England’s most beautiful tourist destinations, they offer exceptional and inspiring service and instruction, and great value for money. Read more about Rock Blok
Rutland Fly Fishing Adventures
Award Winning Fly Fishing Tuition, Trips and Guiding based on World Famous Rutland Water. They offer Beginners Courses, Fly Fishing Trips on Rutland Water, Groups & Corporate Events, Guiding Services, Zander & Pike Fishing. Read more about Rutland Fly Fishing
Simon Tebbutt Falconry (Oakham)
Experience the excitement of flying Harris Hawks in the wonderful surroundings of the Leicestershire and/ or Rutland countryside. Read more about the Simon Tebbutt Falconry
The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre (Oakham)
Get close to a bird of prey, weather permitting – witness them in flight, photograph them, take binoculars and catch a glimpse of the many fallow deer, muntjac, foxes, badgers and other mammals or simply sit and listen to the birdsong and enjoy a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Read more about the Falconry and Owl Centre
Barnsdale Gardens (Oakham)
39 inspiring gardens, all in one place. For families or gardeners, Barnsdale is an inspiring place to visit at any time of the year. With Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens, it’s teeming with great ideas. Read more about Barnsdale Gardens
Oakham Castle (Oakham)
The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England. Set in a tranquil green open space at the centre of Oakham, step back in time and enjoy this remarkable monument from Norman England. Read more about Oakham Castle
Rocks By Rail – The Living Ironstone Museum (Cottesmore)
An outdoor adventure, cast in an ironstone quarry. Covering 19 acres of reclaimed quarry, railway tracks and nature trails, Rocks by Rail is a journey back in time. It’s an unmissable opportunity to experience an awesome industrial landscape. Explore fascinating nature trails. Take a train trip. Drive a classic loco. Tour the workshop and loco yard. View the ironstone exhibition and learn about its importance throughout history. Read more about Rocks by Rail
Gates Nurseries (Oakham)
With the widest choice and quality of goods, ranging from indoor and outdoor plants, gifts, garden and conservatory furniture, clothing and so much more to offer why not pay them a visit and experience the charm of Gates Nurseries for yourself? Their traditional farmhouse style Tea Shop serves light lunches, morning coffee or afternoon tea and if you are thinking of taking the whole family you won’t want to miss their childrens’ play area! Read more about Gates Nurseries
Cycling at Rutland Water Park
Enjoy a gentle ride or a more serious test of your mettle. At Rutland Water Park you can choose from an easy three-mile or eight-mile route or a more challenging 25-mile route around the reservoir. Read more about Cycling at Rutland Water Park
Rutland Cycling have lots to offer and full range of bikes from tandems to sport bikes that suit all abilities Read more about Cycle Hire
Rutland is the perfect place for walking, and has long attracted ramblers, who enjoy finding their way around the tiny villages, little known tracks and country lanes.
Here are a handful of local walks. Why not Visit our local Tourist Information for up to date, printable walking maps
The Braunston walks are circular routes of between 4 and 6 miles starting and finishing in the village of Braunston. Braunston is a small village located roughly three miles south-west of the county town of Oakham. The name Braunston is, doubtless, of Saxon origin from Brauns (a man’s name) ton (town) i.e. Braun’s Town. Braunston is not mentioned in the Doomsday book; indeed, nothing is known respecting the history of this parish before the year 1200.
As is frequently the case in the county, the main part of the village is grouped in and around a rough rectangular figure. The cottages are made of stone with thatched or stone roofs; a few are built of brick with tiled roofs.
Historically this area was part of the Forest of Leighfield and the appearance of this area has been greatly influenced by its long existence as a Royal Hunting Forest.
The Leighfield Way
The Leighfield Way was the second in a series of parish walks and rides produced by Leicestershire County Council to commemorate the centenary of parish councils in 1994. It offers a day long stroll between Belton-in-Rutland and the County town of Oakham.
Belton is a small village with a population of just over 300. It is located just off the A47 between Billesdon and Uppingham and is served by bus routes 747 and 47.
The route may be used by walkers, cyclists and people on horseback. The path provides a link between the Leicestershire Round in the west and two other long distance paths, the Viking Way and the Hereward Way.
The Exton walks are around 5 miles in length and both start and finish outside the Fox and Hounds pub in the village of Exton. Exton is a small village located around 5 miles east of Oakham and 2 miles north of Rutland Water. Exton – meaning “ox farm” is mentioned in 1185 as Exton Park – ‘a wooded farm, enclosed for hunting deer’. It was Rutland’s largest park, at one time covering 1500 acres and with a herd of 500 deer. Exton Park has been home to the Noel family (Earls of Gainsborough) for over four centuries. The present Exton Hall was built in the 19th century close to the ruins of the original Tudor mansion which had burnt down in 1810. It contains a Roman Catholic chapel which is still in regular use.
The Ryhall walks start from the village hall opposite the library and are about 4 miles in length. Ryhall is quite a large village lying 3 miles to the north of Stamford. The name derives from ‘a nook on the bend of a river with rye growing there’. The village does indeed lay either side of a meander in the little river Gwash and is bordered on its west by the road from Stamford to Bourne, a former turnpike road.
It is a beautiful village despite many of the older limestone buildings having long since disappeared. Despite this a number of Grade 2 listed buildings do remain, including Church Farm and the Green Dragon Inn, which has a splendid 13th Century vaulted cellar.
Rutlands Walking Festival
Rutland’s Walking Festival happens every May. The festivals will offer host led walks and bike rides to suit all ages and abilities, perfect for a family day out. Read more about Rutlands Walking Festival
* Proof of your stay at The Old Plough must be shown to receive the discount. Car parking charges are not included in this offer.