Hambleton Peninsula circular walk

A Rutland walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 08/09/16

This Rutland walk follows a clockwise route around the Hambleton Peninsula created in 1976 when the reservoir initially opened. The route uses concessionary paths for much of the way. Views across the Reservoir can be enjoyed throughout.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h20[?]
Distance Distance : 7.8km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 59m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 61m
Highest point Highest point : 127m
Lowest point Lowest point : 83m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Rutland
Starting point Starting point : N 52.658619° / W 0.670521°
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(D/A)The start of the walk is the centre of the village (grid ref. SK900075). There is limited on-street parking but do be considerate and make sure you do not block residents' access. Note that on busy days parking will be at a premium. After parking follow the road towards Oakham that you used to reach Upper Hambleton. After approximately 250 metres take the signed multi-use path on the right (grid ref. SK899078). This leads a convoluted but well-signed route around the peninsula roughly following the north shore with views across Rutland Water. The track eventually reaches a road (grid ref. SK920067).

(1)Turn right along the road for 200 metres and take the continuation of the multi-user track on your left. The route now proceeds along the southern shore of the peninsula to pass through Hambleton Wood. Soon after leaving the woodland you pass a footpath on your right. Ignore this path and continue past Limes Farm following the tarmac lane along the shore.

(2)Do not follow the lane into Upper Hambleton, instead bear left onto the continuing multi-user path along the shore for 400 metres and take the next signed footpath on your right (grid ref. SK895075). Follow this gently rising path into the village passing through the churchyard back to the start.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: Upper Hambleton village centre
1 : km 3.75 - alt. km 3.75 - Turn right along road
2 : km 6.81 - alt. km 6.81 - Bear left along multi-user path
D/A : km 7.8 - alt. km 7.8 - Finish: Upper Hambleton village centre

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

The Reservoir of Rutland Water was officially inaugurated in 1976. Until construction began Upper Hambleton stood on high ground surrounded by countryside. As the reservoir was gradually flooded the area around the village soon became a peninsula with a narrow strip of land connecting it to the "mainland". This walk uses concessionary footpaths around the peninsula following a clockwise direction along the shores of Rutland Water.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Tue 02 Apr 2019 17:57:24 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 30/03/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A lovely walk with great views and very easy to complete. The pub has a very nice garden for afterwards. There were a lot of walkers and cyclists (on a Saturday) so I'd recommend a weekday for this.

Moderator hiker
on Tue 05 Dec 2017 13:45:01 CET

Thanks for all the feedback on this walk! Please feel free to add photos of the walk if you have any

Hikideas Moderator

on Mon 27 Nov 2017 10:41:47 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 25/11/17
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

I organise family walks for school and church friends around Midlands area. It is quite a big ask, requiring interesting, easy walks, preferably suitable for dogs and pushchairs with food and toilets available. This walk ticks those boxes.

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