Days Out in Rutland
Map of Rutland
Situated in the East Midlands of England, Rutland is the smallest historic county in England. There was an important Roman Settlement at Great Casterton, and settlements by Angles and Saxons in the 5th fifth and sixth centuries.
Rutland is a rural upland area, containing many villages, and the historic market towns of Uppingham and Oakham. It is in the county town of Oakham that the 12th century castle can be found – one of the finest examples of Norman domestic architecture. Other major towns include Cottesmore and Ketton. Excellent building stone can be found in the sandstone beds of Rutland, which has contributed to the many beautiful old churches and houses.
Much of Rutland is given over to agriculture, although electrical products, plastics, cement and clothing are also produced there. Rutland Water, the largest reservoir in Great Britain, covers more than 3,000 acres, and was constructed in the 1970s to serve the growing urban areas of Northamptonshire and Peterborough. The reservoir is popular for watersports, fishing and, as a vast protected wetland area, the Rutland Water Nature Reserve offers excellent birdwatching opportunities.