Things to do, places to visit, in the Kings
Enjoy Our Countryside
There are a multitude of bridleways and footpaths radiating
out from Kings Cliffe, making it easy to enjoy our lovely
countryside, and keep fit to boot! Make sure you keep
an eye out for local wildlife, commonly sighted are Red
Kites, Deer, Hare to name but a few.
Ordnance Survey explorer maps applicable for the area
are 234 (Kings Cliffe and area to the north and west including
Rutland Water), 224 (Kings Cliffe and area to the south
and west including Rockingham Forest and Nene Valley),
and 227 (area to east of Kings Cliffe including Nene Valley).
The open countryside around Kings Cliffe makes for
some great cycling, both on and off road. Transition Kings
Cliffe are in the process of generating route maps for
local cycle rides. Plus there are off road tracks
available in both Fineshade and Wakerly Woods, including
short skills loops running alongside the main routes to
test your cycling ability and have fun! If you get tired
and find yourself in need of refreshment there’s a great
café at Top Lodge in Fineshade Woods.
Fantastic walking in all directions – just get out
those OS maps and explore! Personal doorstep favourites
include a circuit to Blatherwycke lake past the allotments
and back up through Fineshade, the Jurassic Way through
Fineshade to Duddington, and the Apethorpe circuit,
taking in the Kings Head of course. Other recommended
spots for walking are the Hambleton Peninsula at Rutland
Water, Nene Valley Way, Wadenhoe and surrounds, Lyddington
and the Eyebrook Reservoir, and Belton-in-Rutland and
There is also a local long-distance walking challenge
called the Rutland Round, 65 miles long with plenty
of attractive villages to stay in overnight. What a
great way to get to know your local countryside.
Another popular local activity, made easy by suitable
terrain with lots of bridleways. There are plenty of stables
and riding centres around.
We have a navigable river and a beautiful reservoir
close by, which makes us a great spot for various water
activities such as canal boating, canoeing/kayaking,
sailing, and windsurfing. Rutland Watersports Centre
is on the north shore of Rutland Water at Whitwell,
and offers tuition and equipment hire for sailing, kayaking,
and windsurfing. Tallington Lakes near Stamford offers
the same for water-skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing,
canoeing/kayaking and more!
If you prefer a more peaceful way of exploring the
water the navigable River Nene is ideal, by canoe, kayak
Fun for Kids
near Peterborough, and 18th century mill and country farm
that has something for everyone, such as friendly farm
animals, a straw bale maze, a Shire Horse centre, and
For families or gardeners, Barnsdale is an inspiring place
to visit at any time of the year. With Britain's largest
collection of individually designed gardens, it's teeming
with great ideas.
near Corby, a former royal castle and hunting lodge, beautiful
near Grantham, impressive castle set on a hilltop amidst
Kirby Hall near Corby, one of England’s
great Elizabethan houses.
near Oundle, a romantic part Gothic house with lovely
Flag Fen Archaeology Park near Peterborough,
home to a unique and ancient wooden monument built during
the Bronze Age.
a heritage steam & diesel railway that runs for 7.5 miles between Yarwell
Junction and Peterborough, stopping at Wansford, Ferry
Meadows and Orton Mere.
Harringworth Viaduct spans the entire width of the neighbouring Welland Valley. The longest brick built viaduct in the UK, with 82 arches and over 1km long, it's an impressive site. There's easy access by road and good walks in the valley too with some excellent views. This route is a popular choice for steam excursions, including the Flying Scotsman.