Rutland is Britain's smallest county. It is characterized by ridges of low, undulating hills and valleys running east west; the highest point being towards the centre of the county. The River Welland runs along its southeastern boundary.
Rutland Water © TAB
Rutland Water, a large man-made reservoir, is the focal point of the county. Providing walking, cycling, water sports and spectacular scenery.
The county of Rutland was once royal hunting country. It was designated a forest, during the reign of William the Conqueror; therefore subject to forest laws and preserved for the chasing of deer and wild boar. Little remains of the forest to this day and the whole area is now a mainly agricultural. However, the hunting tradition still remains and Rutland is home to the oldest and most famous hunt in the kingdom; the Cottesmore, established in 1732.
'There are some beautiful spots on its banks towards the little village of Tickencote southward, where the bank on the field side rises very stunt in some places from the edge of the river, and may, by a fancy used to a flat country, be easily imagined into mountains. The whole prospect is diversified into gently-swelling slopes and easy-swimming valleys.'
|Oakham - distance from London: 102 miles (164 km)|
|Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire|
|East Midlands Trains|
|Ranksborough Hill, 625 feet|
|Eye, Chater, Wash, Welland|
|Ruddles beer - originates from the county and its motto refers to the size of the county: 'Much out of little.'|
First recorded in 863 as Roteland, which means Rota's land. It was once a personal possession of Queen Edith, wife of Edward the Confessor, after which it became an endowment/dowry for Norman Queens until it became a county.