Rutland Water Cycle Way

Approximately 17 miles, or 23 miles if you include the peninsular, Rutland Water is a nice little run out on a mountain bike, and makes a change from the flat fenland around Peterborough where I live.

There’s two bike shops (north and south shores) so plenty of bits to buy if you need spares or a new bike!

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Setting off along the south shore slog (any names here are segments on Strava) and up the bloody steep little Manton Bay Climb, keep you mouth firmly shut to avoid a snack of a million midges. A nice view from the top of the hill.

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Dropping down towards Egleton there is the option to do the Peninsular route to extend your ride.

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Not many people about, but plenty of sheep!

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The route is now well sign posted, so very little chance of getting lost, but the first time I did the route a few years back… I got badly lost in a thunder storm and must have added about 5 miles on!

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a bit of riding by the road side on the opposite side of the reservoir, bring you back to the other Rutland Cycles shop and the Ice-cream shop! Carry on over the end wall of the reservoir and back to the final run to the car park, fly fishermen were catching well as I rode past, on to Normanton Church where the Rutland Bell passenger boat departs from.

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All images from Olympus Mju-ii and pound land vista film.

 

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