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Around Rutland Water

Around Rutland Water

The smallest county in England, of which a large proportion is taken up by Rutland Water - the artifical lake created by Anglian Water in the 1970's and largest reservoir in Europe.


The smallest county in England, of which a large proportion is taken up by Rutland Water - the artifical lake created by Anglian Water in the 1970's and largest reservoir in Europe.

The county of Rutland is the smallest in England and won back it’s independence from Leicestershire in 1997. It covers an area of less than 150 sq. miles and a population of 39,000. (Dorset is over 1000 sq miles/425,000 pop). A large proportion of the county is taken up by Rutland Water – an artificial lake created by Anglian Water in the 1970’s and the largest reservoir in Europe. Rutlanders can be a strange lot, with a mischievous sense of fun – and this is reflected in the quirky villages scattered around the county. Blessed with intriguing churches, inviting pubs and set within a patchwork quilt of pretty countryside – it is inviting and eccentric!  As they say “Multum in Parvo” – Much in Little!


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset to Oxford for lunch. Resume to Oakham in Rutland where our bags will be portered to the rooms.

Tuesday - Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Rutland Water on a cruise aboard The Rutland Belle - a commentary will highlight points of interest - coffee & biscuits included. The cruise will stop at Normanton Church for a guided tour of Rutland's most famous landmark which appears to float on the water. Continue to Barnsdale Gardens, home of the late Geoff Hamilton of BBC's Gardeners World fame. It has 38 individually designed gardens, each with something to delight.

Wednesday - Morning visit to Oakham, the country town of Rutland and a classic English market town. Historic streets are a joy to explore and a busy market is held on Wednesday. A town trail leads you to some unexpected discoveries. Entry and a guided tour of Oakham Castle, a fortified manor house included. This afternoon we shall visit Melton Mowbray - Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in town is established as a shrine to the famous delicacy and here you can see a demonstration of 'hand raising' a pork pie. At the Melton Cheese Board shop nearby there are over 150 varieties - the widest range in the country.

Thursday - To Uppingham, enjoy strolling around the honey-coloured buildings of this charming small town. Another excellent town trail can be followed for an insight into the history and heritage.
This afternoon visit Deene Park - a 16th century manor house containing fine art and furniture. A guided tour covers the house, followed by time to enjoy the herbaceous borders and grand parterre of the gardens.

Friday - Homeward bound we shall call into Buckingham, a vibrant small town with lovely buildings and historic old gaol at its centre. Return to Dorset by late afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Normanton Park Hotel, Oakham

A member of the respected Best Western group, a luxury 3 star hotel picturesquely situated right on the shores of Rutland Water. Bedrooms are modern and bright and offer private bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, phone, television, tea tray, iron/board, seating and internet connection.  The Clock Restaurant provides a substantial full English breakfast and dinner comprising 3 courses with choices. The bar and lounge are comfortable places to relax and socialise, or connect to the free wifi. There is no lift but only ground and first floor rooms at the hotel.


TOUR PRICE: £449.00 Per Person

Single room supplement: £130.00


Price Includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Rutland Belle cruise, Guided tour of Normanton Church, Entry to Barnsdale Gardens, Entry to Oakham Castle, Entry to Deene Park, VAT

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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