Welcome to Rutland

A scenic view of Rutland Water, showcasing its vast expanse of shimmering blue water, surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills.
Explore the beauty of Rutland pathways, a beautiful destination.

Welcome to Rutland, a forward-thinking and environmentally aware county that offers a truly unique experience for lawn bowls enthusiasts. Nestled in the heart of England, Rutland is a captivating destination that combines rich history, stunning landscapes, and a commitment to sustainability.

Rutland’s progressive spirit shines through in its dedication to environmental initiatives. In fact, it was the first county to provide region-wide coverage for charging electric cars, showcasing its commitment to a greener future. As you explore the charming villages and picturesque towns, you’ll find evidence of Rutland’s innovative mindset.

One such hidden gem is the medieval turf maze located in the village of Wing. This intricate maze is one of only eight surviving examples in England, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past. Imagine the penitents of old crawling along this 14-meter unicursal path on hands and knees, a testament to the history that envelops Rutland.

Reinstated as a county in 1997 after being absorbed into Leicestershire, Rutland holds a distinct identity and is proud of its heritage. With a land area of 151 square miles, Rutland boasts the UK’s largest man-made reservoir, Rutland Water. This vast body of water rivals the size of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, providing a breathtaking backdrop for your lawn bowls adventures.

As you immerse yourself in the local culture, you’ll discover that Rutland residents, fondly known as ‘Raddlemen’ or Rutlanders, cherish their traditions. One such tradition is the presentation of horseshoes by peers of the realm passing through Oakham. This unique custom, dating back over 500 years, has resulted in over 200 horseshoes being displayed in Oakham Castle, Rutland’s Norman Great Hall. Among them, the oldest surviving horseshoe, gifted by Edward IV around 1470, proudly represents Rutland’s enduring emblem.

Curiously, all horseshoes in Rutland are hung with their tips at the bottom, defying conventional belief. Some say it’s to prevent the devil from nesting in the horseshoe, while others believe that luck falls from the horseshoe, bestowing blessings upon those who walk beneath it. It’s just one of the many intriguing customs that make Rutland a captivating destination.

Speaking of history, Oakham Castle stands as a testament to Rutland’s enduring legacy. As the oldest English court building still in continuous use, it has witnessed trials since as early as 1229. Stepping inside this remarkable landmark, you can almost feel the echoes of centuries-old judgments reverberating through its walls.

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