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A beer festival held at the excellent County museum in Oakham and a convenient short stroll from our hotel!A selection of 40 real ales to choose from (2012) the ones tried were in good condition and some tasting notes supplied as well. A real bonus was the continental bar, bottled beers from around Europe, fruit beers for Mrs B and Edelstoff from...more
Next door to the hotel we stayed in so a visit was in order, a beer festival there too but that's another story!The museum traces the history of Rutland through the ages, for me as I'm getting older, the more recent things I can just about remember!There's plenty here to interest most people I would imagine, we enjoyed our visit.Mrs B in a...more
Largest reservoir (by area anyway) in the UK, right on the doorstep of Oakham. It's around 22 miles around it, bikes can be hired and there are some cycle paths.I remember it being made in the early/mid 1970's and this visit the first for many years, now a very visitor friendly place with eating and drinking places, far different from earlier...more
A few miles from Oakham lies Barnsdale. Viewers of BBC Gardeners world will be familiar with this name. Its here that Geoff Hamilton lived and developed and maintained his gardens. Now after his death you can still visit the gardens and see all the familiar things he did on television. I saw a lot of familiar things, it was kind of eerie to see...more
Oakham is the county town of the county of Rutland, if you see what I mean. The word 'county' is never added before of after the word 'Rutland'. it is lways just 'Rutland' by itself. Got that sorted ? Good. Now what to do in the county - one easy answer : Rutland water.When it was created, it was the largest man-made lake in Europe. Feeding...more
The most famous part of Oakham is its castle. By some degree every peer of the realm has to give a horseshoe to this castle when he/she visits this place. So all the walls are covered with horseshoes from members of the royal family and other nobilities.The castle is surrounded by a major part of its medieval grounds.more
Oakham has a really small town, traditional feel to it, and it seems that people like where they live. There are a lot of small specialty shops as well as restaurants and pubs. The streets are bustling, however, and at rush hour the traffic comes to a stand-still.We were there a few days before the Oakham festival began, which may have accounted...more
At Barnsdale there is a 9 hole pitch and putt golf course overlooking the lake which is a really fun way to pass a couple hours inbetween the days activities and dinner time.The Leisure Center requires a $4 deposit which is fully refundable provided you don't lose your clubs or balls.more
The area around the Rutland Water is a protected area for birds, thus there are many many different species all around.It was lovely to wake up in the morning and hear the birds singing. We don't know much about birds, but we noticed at least 15 different species in the short time that we were there.This is a picture of the mom, dad and four babies...more
The Avenue, Rutland Water, Oakham, LE15 8AH, United Kingdom
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Wood Lane, Rutland, Oakham, LE15 7NP, United Kingdom
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2 Church Street, Oakham, LE15 8QT, United Kingdom
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Town centre pub, a new addition to Oakham since my last visit. Comfortable place to visit with an interesting menu, not just the pub usuals, to choose from and some decent real ale and continental bottled beers as well.Both enjoyed our meals here with a veggie treat of antipasti for Mrs B.With herself in a wheelchair the access into the building...more
Town centre pub and an early evening visit for us. Reasonable access for Mrs B and her wheelchair with plenty of help offered by the very friendly staff and customers.Lovely meal, Steak and ale pie for me, a real favourite, and this one very good, Mrs B equally impressed by her scampi. Great pint of Tiger ale to go with it a bonus! really enjoyed...more
If you miss the train and bus from Peterborough or Leischester (as we did), you will either have to get a hotel, or a taxi. The Taxi drivers in London are superb....the taxi drivers out of Peterborough are horrid! Our driver charged us, what we later found out to be, over $20 too much. In addition, he couldn't read and on two occassions we had to...more
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When royal or otherwise dignified visitors came to visit the Oakham Castle, they would be presented with a horseshoe, and a corresponding horseshoe plaque with their name on it would go on the walls at the Oakham Castle. There were many, many plaques including a Churchill and Prince Albert.more
You need a car to visit this place and since I had one, we visited this castle. The Duke and Duchess of Rutland (stil) live here, in fact I saw them even when we left the grounds. They have opened their property partly to the public.
I liked to wander around the rooms and see the old glory and richness of the past. The parts we saw were kept well and looked very good.
During the season they have play acts and guided tours. We saw a story about the victorian kitchens. Queen Victoria was a personal friend of the then duchess of Rutland, if she visited there would be around 1300 people in the castle. They asked us to imagine what that would be like for the kitchen staff. Only to think about the organisation behind all that makes me dazzle!
Note: It wasn't allowed to take pictures inside. If you want to see the inside, you can see some at the website.
Rutland water dominates the county of...erm...Rutland. When it was built it was the largest man-made lake in Europe. Probably still is. It's just the right size for a bike ride.
A circuit of the lake (including the peninsula) is about 25 miles. The majority of the route is off road on well laid out paths and gravel tracks. There are a few steep hills, but nothing more than a couple of hundred yards worth.
The company mentioned below operate from Whitwell, and will rent you top quality bike for under 20 pounds a day. Either that, or take your own - just remember to keep the water on your left (or right) and you can't get lost. Honest.
As Rutland is the smallest of the English counties, it is sometimes used as the butt of some comedt characters. Blackadder, (as played by Rowan Atkinson), for example, says this great line :" If we lose, I'll be chopped into pieces. My arm'll end up in Essex, my torso in Norfolk and my genitalia stuck up a tree somewhere in Rutland ".A generation...more
Rutland has traditionally been England's smallest county. It disappeared for a while with local government re-organisation. It has now thankfully been restored to it's righful place on the map (although unfindable on VT - and hence i've put this under the county town)Located in the East midlands, and with a population of only 30,000 or so it takes...more