Walk 2323 - printer friendly version
Hambleton Peninsula circular Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 4.9 miles / 8 km
Ascent - 300 feet / 91 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference SK900075
Lat 52.6577650 + Long -0.6708663
Postcode LE15 8TJ (approx. location only)
The Reservoir of Rutland Water was officially inaugurated in 1976. Until construction began Upper Hambleton stood on high ground surrounded by countryside. As the reservoir was gradually flooded the area around the village soon became a peninsula with a narrow strip of land connecting it to the "mainland". This walk uses concessionary footpaths around the peninsula following a clockwise direction along the shores of Rutland Water.
The start of the walk is the centre of the village (grid ref. SK900075). There is limited on-street parking but do be considerate and make sure you do not block residents' access. Note that on busy days parking will be at a premium. After parking follow the road towards Oakham that you used to reach Upper Hambleton. After approximately 250 metres take the signed multi-use path on the right (grid ref. SK899078). This leads a convoluted but well-signed route around the peninsula roughly following the north shore with views across Rutland Water. The track eventually reaches a road (grid ref. SK920067).
Turn right along the road for 200 metres and take the continuation of the multi-user track on your left. The route now proceeds along the southern shore of the peninsula to pass through Hambleton Wood. Soon after leaving the woodland you pass a footpath on your right. Ignore this path and continue past Limes Farm following the tarmac lane along the shore. Do not follow the lane into Upper Hambleton, instead bear left onto the continuing multi-user path along the shore for 400 metres and take the next signed footpath on your right (grid ref. SK895075). Follow this gently rising path into the village passing through the churchyard back to the start.