Day 2 Saturday 8th June 2019
The Saturday tour is a run around Rutland going clockwise around Rutland Water. The total mileage for the day is about 100 miles. We suggest you fill up with petrol before you start as there is no garage en route until near the end of the day. (however, we have noted a short diversion to a garage for anybody who needs to after about 30 miles into the route). See the bottom of the page for a pictorial map of the Saturday run. Mileage for the day is approx 72 miles.
Maps: OS Landranger (1 1/4 inches to 1 mile) 130 & 141 OS Explorer (2 1/2 inches to 1 mile) 234 & 233
Saturday morning will start with a short run ( ~ 10 miles) to Whitwell, on the North Shore of Rutland Water where we will park up and board the Rutland Belle for a 30 minute cruise with Coffee and biscuits. This cruise will be exclusively for our Model T group. Our marshals will watch over the cars whilst we cruise the water. This location should also be a good ‘photo opportunity’!
The Rutland Belle is powered by a 1947 Gardiner engine – the boat is not that old!
Rutland Water is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe and supplies drinking water to the East Midlands. In addition to being a reservoir it has a renowned Nature Reserve, a sailing club, a ’round the water’ cycle track and many other facilities and provides Rutland with a huge Leisure Industry.
Following our short cruise we will then drive around some of the very best countryside which Rural Rutland has to offer. We will pass through pretty ‘stone villages’, go under the famous Harringworth Viaduct (It is the longest masonry viaduct across a valley in Britain and a Grade II listed building) and along the East shore of the Eyebrook Reservoir.
As the rural lanes in Rutland tend to be quiet, if the weather is good, you should be able to appreciate some very pretty views. This leg of our journey as about 32 miles.
We will then arrive at Launde Abbey for Lunch. The Abbey is a Christian retreat and conference centre set in peaceful parkland.
After lunch we continue north east towards Oakham, the County town of Rutland. As we approach Oakham we will descend a hill with a panoramic view of Rutland water to our right. We pass through Oakham and head towards our final Tea and Cake stop – Rocks by Rail – The Living Ironstone Museum (or as we call it – Rutland Rocks!)
Here, as well and having Tea and Cake, “it’s an opportunity to see an industrial landscape, explore a nature trail, take a train trip, tour the workshop and loco yard, view the ironstone exhibition and learn about its importance throughout history.”
Also, there may be an opportunity to drive a diesel loco (duel controls!!)