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Rutland Water cycle route

Rutland Water cycle route overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rutland Water is an artificial reservoir, created in the 70’s. There is a mostly traffic-free cycle route that circles it, offering stunning views along the way. Though not extremely hilly, the route still contains some hills that will challenge you a bit.

Surface off the Rutland Water cycle route

Once you get close to the Rutland Water cycle trail, the route is mainly self-compacted gravel, with significant stretches or tar, and is rideable all year round. There are short stretches on (normally) quiet lanes, and the route from Oakham train station is either on-road, or on a segregated, tarred cycle trail alongside a major A-road.


Road bikes will struggle, and you’ll be better off on something with chunkier tyres.
Trikes, bikes with trailers and most cargo bikes will struggle, and tandems will struggle with at least one chicane.


There are toilets at the train station at Oakham, at Barnsdale Woods (4 miles in, slightly off-trail), at the Aqua Park, by the Funky Fox café, at the Crazy Fox café, and at the Horse and Jockey pub.

Points of Interest

You’ll want to stop at Normanton church, and there are plenty of views, at various points along the route.

Routes in Rutland


There at least one tight chicane barrier along the route, as well as several spring-latched gates. People who cannot dismount may find it impossible to open the gates.


Safety: ⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Flat)
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here.

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Forecast for the Rutland Water cycle route

What the Rutland Water cycle route looks like

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Getting to the Rutland Water cycle route

The route as shown on the map below starts at Oakham station, so you can easily get to the start car-free, by taking your bike on the train. As ever, read my Bikes On Trains guide for useful and helpful tips for taking your bike on the train.

More Routes

To find more routes, click this link.


DayCycle routes are routes can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below).

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