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Rutland Water Brooke Circular Walk

Distance: 5.4 miles
Terrain: gentle incline to about 40 metres above starting point
Location: Rutland / Leicestershire [location map]
map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 234 (Rutland Water)

I suggest parking and starting this walk at Horse and Jockey Inn, Manton. Head up the hill and right onto the Lynton Road.

After carefully crossing the road at a huge junction, keep heading straight along the bridleway, after a fascinating short avenue of hawthorn trees, stick to the highest point of the land, along a ridge and head just to the left of the building you can see.

This area is marked on the map as a mediaeval village, but apart from the building, there's no evidence of anything standing, just grassy fields, earthworks and some ridge and furrow. The building is known as Old Hall Farm and is all that's left of a large mansion.

After passing the building, join a farm track and a little further there's an information board which will give you more information about the mediaeval settlement.

Still on the farm track. Despite this being the highest point now of this walk and possibly of all of my RW wakls, still only glimpses of the water, not the whole reservoir. The track turns into a road, turn right at the junction.

After Brooke, which is a pretty village with a lovely church, the road gets smaller and becomes a track. Just before a sign which says 'vehicular access to Hillside Cottage', take the path to your right. Which is signposted Bridleway to Gunthorpe. It shortly opens out into a field with an apparent fork; it's the left-hand fork which is the path. A few minutes later, something similar happens, the path forks to the left and right of a hedge. The correct path is to the left of the hedge. Beware of the track going into the farmyard, you need to turn off the track before the farmyard and head into the corner of the field where there is a green gate, easy to miss. Look out for the yellow disc waymarkers.

After Gunthorpe,and entering a field, the path officially goes in a straight line across the middle of the field. At the time of writing, there is a crop growing and no path but it's very easy to walk around the edge of the field to the left, it's not much further.

Just after leaving that field, we're now at a high point and the best viewpoint on this return leg of the walk before descending down to the road. Just before crossing the railway line, it looks as if an old wood cleared a young wood planted in its place. This will be very pleasant to walk through when the trees start to grow. Pick up and follow the 'Circuit of Rutland Water' back to the Horse and Jockey - well-signposted.

Osprey webcam at Lyndon Nature Reserve - Rutland Water is home to the first Ospreys to breed in England for 150 years. View the webcam

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This walk uses Ordnance Survey map Explorer 234 (Rutland Water)

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