Rutland Water has to top our list. It’s hard to believe, but this man-made beauty spot was flooded nearly 45 years ago. It’s an obvious inclusion but we make no apologies for that and
the idyllic village of Hambleton makes a perfect starting point. The peninsula is surrounded on three sides by water, passing through woodland and enjoying spectacular views.
Depending on the time of year, you will see lambs, a carpet of bluebells and walk through some sticky mud patches, so come dressed accordingly. At just under 5 miles and with some
steep ups and downs, it will raise your heart rate, but you can reward yourself with cake and coffee at the Finchs Arms at the end of the walk.