England’s smallest county certainly has lots to offer, with traditional market towns, the renowned Rutland Water and beautiful rolling countryside.
Rutland is one of the best kept secrets of the English countryside and is absolutely brimming with things to see and do. In fact, the county motto is ‘Multum In Parvo’, which means ‘Much in Little’. Rutland is home to two traditional market towns, Oakham and Uppingham, which are both full of independent retailers.
Rutland Water lies at the very heart of the county and is as spectacular in beauty as it is in size, offering everything from a tranquil picnic spot, to adrenaline pumping watersports and activities. It is also home to the world renowned Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
Rutland is scattered with exquisite and historic gardens and even has one of the last remaining medieval turf mazes in England at Wing. Barnsdale Gardens is the most famous garden attraction in the county featuring a magnificent 38 gardens built by Britain’s best loved gardener, the late Geoff Hamilton, star of Gardener’s World. There’s also a fabulous tea room full of tempting homemade and locally sourced delights.
The whole county is excellent for cyclists and walkers with beautiful scenic routes going all around and crisscrossing the countryside and picturesque villages – most offering an excellent pub! Known at The County of Good Taste, Rutland is home to many restaurants demonstrating the pinnacle of culinary expertise, country inns offering quality pub grub and many cafes with exceptional cakes and treats.