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A countryside stroll in Rutland

A leisurely walk (countryside) in Rutland, England, about 7.92km (4.92 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 40m (131ft)
Loss 36m (118ft)
Max. Elevation 130m (426ft)
Elevation (total) 76m (249ft)
Start & End
Exton
Distance 7.92km
(4.92mi)
Duration ~2:00
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 27 Nov 2009
The county of Rutland is small but perfectly formed. A quiet corner in the bustling centre of England, it provides a wonderful opportunity for countryside walking for those in the cities of the East Midlands. This walk, from the village of Exton just north of Rutland Water, provides a taste of the gently rolling scenery found in the county. For more car-free walks in Rutland, visit: www.discover-rutland.co.uk/sportsandleisure/walking

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Waypoints

OS Grid SK925111
The village of Exton is easily reached by bus from Stamford or Oakham - and both these towns have rail stations. From the Fox & Hounds pub, follow High Street to the left of the village green. Pass Home Farm and follow the sign to the Viking Way (don't worry, they are long gone).
Tunneley Wood About 1.19 km (~0.74 miles) from
OS Grid SK930122
Follow the bridleway alongside Tunneley Wood, signposted to Fort Henry. At the junction at the northern end of the wood, take the left fork, following signs to the Viking Way.
Along the footpath About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid SK929128
Near another small patch of woodland, the path heads east for about one mile to Osprey Wood.
Osprey Wood About 2.01 km (~1.25 miles) from
OS Grid SK949129
At the path junction in the wood, take the path heading south along North Brook. This leads you to Fort Henry Lake. Across the lake is Fort Henry, a fine looking Gothic building from the 18th century.
Between the lakes About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
OS Grid SK949119
A path passes between Fort Henry Lake and the Lower Lake. Follow this until it meets the northern boundary of Tunneley Wood.
Return to Exton About 1.88 km (~1.17 miles) from
OS Grid SK931124
Follow the path back around the wood and retrace your steps to Exton.
Exton again About 1.26 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid SK924113
The walk finishes in the village of Exton. The 13th centruy village church of St Peter and St Paul is worth a visit. Or there's always the Fox & Hounds....

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