Out & about

Things to do, places to visit, in the Kings Cliffe region.

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 Jurassic Way near Barrowden


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 surrounds.

Blatherwycke Lake near Kings Cliffe

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.

Horse Riding

Another popular local activity, made easy by suitable terrain with lots of bridleways. There are plenty of stables and riding centres around.

Water Activities

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 or narrowboat.

Canoeing on the River Nene near Elton

Fun for Kids

Sacrewell FarmOpens in New Window 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 tractor rides.
Planet Ice - Ice SkatingOpens in New Window in Peterborough.
Activity WorldOpens in New Window indoor play area for kids in Peterborough.

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Places of Interest

Burghley HouseOpens in New Window near Stamford, the largest and grandest house of the first Elizabethan age.
Deene ParkOpens in New Window near Corby, a most interesting house with beautiful gardens and extensive grounds.
Deene Park near Corby
Boughton HouseOpens in New Window near Kettering, ‘the English Versailles’, another nearby gem.
The Old Rectory GardensOpens in New Window in Sudborough, an irresistible English garden.
Barnsdale GardensOpens in New Window 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.
Barnsdale Gardens near Whitwell in Rutland
Rockingham CastleOpens in New Window near Corby, a former royal castle and hunting lodge, beautiful gardens.
Belvoir CastleOpens in New Window near Grantham, impressive castle set on a hilltop amidst rolling countryside.
Kirby Hall near Corby, one of England’s great Elizabethan houses.
Kirby Hall near Corby
Elton HallOpens in New Window near Oundle, a romantic part Gothic house with lovely gardens.
Elton Hall near Oundle
Flag Fen Archaeology Park near Peterborough, home to a unique and ancient wooden monument built during the Bronze Age.
Grimsthorpe CastleOpens in New Window near Bourne, 13th century castle surrounded by gardens and parkland.
Nene Valley RailwayOpens in New Window, a heritage steam & diesel railway that runs for 7.5 miles between Yarwell Junction and Peterborough, stopping at Wansford, Ferry Meadows and Orton Mere.
Nene Valley Heritage Railway near Wansford
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 sight. 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 star of this video, the Flying Scotsman.

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