Rutland Water Hambleton Peninsula Walk
The Peninsula loop is the prettiest part of the whole Rutland Water walk and there are fewer walkers and cyclists here. You can walk it on its own as a 7-mile circular walk.
The difficulty is parking in a suitable place. The options are to:
- Find roadside parking in Upper Hambleton. This will not make you popular with the residents and you'll also have a short walk to join the circular route.
- Drive onto the peninsula, through Hambleton and continue as far as you can. It's possible to park at the end of this road and pick up the circular route.
- Park somewhere on the grassy verge close to SK892080.
- Park at Egleton birdwatching centre (it has brown signs) and walk back up the Hambleton Road to the peninsula - this will add a mile or two onto the total distance. Parking at the centre is for birdwatchers only, so either visit the centre as well or act like a birdwatcher.
Once on the route, it is easy to find your way around as the paths are obvious and/or signposted.
For much of the route you will be beside the shore, and have great views across the water to Normanton Church and other points of interest around the reservoir.
Osprey webcam at Lyndon Nature Reserve - Rutland Water is home to the first Ospreys to breed in England for 150 years. View the webcam
blog posts about the Rutland Water walk:
More of my photos of Rutland Water on Flickr:
View / download the route
Below is an interactive map with the route shown on it, which you can make full-screen. To take a paper map with you at the best detail, you will need an explorer (1:25,000) map. Please use the link below to buy a copy. Below the map is a link to download the GPX file which you can open in many mapping and navigation apps, including OsmAnd (Open Street Map) and OSMaps (Ordnance Survey)Download GPX file for the Rutland Water Hambleton Peninsula Walk
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
Note that OS paper maps now include the digital / mobile map, downloadable and viewable *offline* in the OSMaps app. The routes provided on these pages in GPX format will open and display over the digital mapping in the OSMaps app.