Due to the current situation that the world finds itself in, staycations are the only real viable option for most people who might be looking to get away this year. For those residing here in the U.K., we are fortunate enough to find ourselves with many beautiful options for a break that we might not ordinarily think about if it were possible to travel further afield. There are many stunning National Parks to visit along with some beautiful counties all within driving distance of your very own doorsteps. So with that in mind I have compiled a quick list of five reasons why you should visit Rutland and I hope that when you are considering your next trip you consider coming over to to England’s smallest county and pay beautiful Rutland a visit.
1) The scenery; endless rolling fields and countryside provide beauty as far as the eye can see. Quaint old English cottages reside in picturesque villages, as Rutland’s charm and looks will have you under its spell from the moment that you first lay eyes on it.
2) Rutland Water; by far Rutland’s most famous and popular attraction, this stunning reservoir is situated in the heart of Rutland surrounded by 4,200 acres of beautiful countryside. It’s the perfect setting for you to take a leisurely stroll or a relaxing bicycle ride. It also offers you the chance to try your hand at various water sports and fishing, or maybe you would prefer to just find a seat and enjoy the view as you cast your eyes over the beautiful Normanton Church.
3) It’s small; bigger isn’t always better and one of the advantages of being England’s smallest county is that you can make your way around Rutland quite easily covering a large portion of what Rutland has to offer in a relatively short period of time.
4) The hiking trails; lace up your hiking boots as there are plenty of trails for you to follow. Alternatively if you are a keen hiker who wants to put in some serious miles then you could walk the Rutland Round; a circular walk of 65 miles around the county of Rutland taking in all of its landmarks and views. You don’t have to do the full walk, as you can pick and choose to do certain parts whilst admiring the scenery along the way.
5) The people are friendly; the locals are a friendly bunch! People are polite and only too willing to engage in conversation or to wish you a good morning. The trails around the county are also dog friendly, so expect to see some fellow dog walkers along the way. Cycling is also another popular past time in Rutland, so if you want to cycle your way around then you will find yourself in good company.
Have you visited Rutland before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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