This week I have achieved something that would have had me trailing behind and out of breath previously. I did (with relative ease) the 7 mile Rutland Water Peninsula walk with my mum and sisters.
I’ve developed a love for Rutland Water over the past few years and we’ve walked various stretches of the beautiful lake. Find out more about Rutland Water
Rutland Water Peninsula Walk
We parked in Hambleton village close to the very busy Finch Arms Pub
We followed the road down a slight hill to join the 7-mile peninsula walk, taking the right-hand track. I had expected the route to be mostly level, but we found it quite hilly to start with, perhaps for the first 2 miles (roughly). We’d taken sandwiches with us to eat in a nice spot over looking the lake. It was quite some time before we found an area that wasn’t too smelly (hey, there are sheep on the walk) and a bench.
It was an okay spot, but had we have walked on a little further there were 3 benches with spectacular views of the lake. Next time we’ll aim for these for our sandwich break.
The rest of the walk was on more level ground and there were some absolutely beautiful views across the lake. It was such a peaceful day and the water was so still.
Towards the end of the walk there is a signpost saying Hambleton village only. I think next time I’d quite like to take this route to have more of a walk around the village too. This time we carried on to follow the full circular Peninsula route.
We came out at a road with no signs which was a little worrying for someone who has very little sense of direction. However remembering we’d passed a sign saying Hambleton village we decided we should walk right, walking back parallel with the route we had just walked up. There was a little bit of road walking and then back onto track again, which brought us out back where we picked up the route, leaving us to just walk back up the hill into Hambleton village.
With our 10-15 minute sandwich break, the walk took us approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Here’s more information about the Rutland Water Peninsula Walk
Apologies, my photography skills are not the best. It looks like a really dull day in the photo, but it was actually a lovely bright day, perfect for walking.
This photo is a bit better. There was a helicopter in the distance above the lake. You can just pick it out there.
So this is what I’ve been doing so far this week.
And I’m delighted to say I managed to clock up a whopping (for me) 21,000 steps. That’s the first time I’ve gone over 20,000 steps since I started the 10,000 steps challenge.
I probably wouldn’t have even attempted this walk last year, so I’m incredibly proud of myself.
Where do you like to walk? And it doesn’t have to be a 7 miler. I like to just walk around my village too.
Keep getting more and more active.