Rutland Water Empingham Circular Walk
My last walk: 18 May 2021 Start at Exton (just south of), SK928107. At this start point is a handy lay-by. Waymarkers clearly mark the first part of this route 'Viking Way', a long-distance path running from North Lincolnshire to Oakham (close to here). This part of the Way really is beautiful.
The path eventually arrives at the water close to the Harbour Cafe (which does a great bacon and brie baguette!) You can see the dam from the cafe patio, and following the reservoir's circular route clockwise (keeping the water to your right) brings you to the dam.
Alternatively (you may do this by accident) take a more direct route along a track and then on the A606 for a short way. At SK947087, bypass the town by taking a public right of way across a field (and a cricket pitch!)
Follow the Exton Road away from Empingham. There is another nice glimpse of the water at the brow of the hill before leaving the Exton Road. (SK948091)
Again from here the footpaths are well waymarked and the views really beautiful.
When you emerge at another road, you should be at the trout hatchery, turn left and follow the road west for about half a mile. It's possible to continue along this quiet road back to Exton, but look out for the right of way which runs parallel to it (past Cuckoo Farm) which is a rewarding finish to this walk.
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 Explorer 234 Rutland Water
1:25,000 scale map Rutland Water. Includes Stamford and Oakham. Click the thumbnail for more information
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