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NCN route 63 from Rutland Water to Oakham turns off the direct route here

NCN route 63 crossing the Oakham bypass

NCN route 63 from Rutland Water to Oakham

NCN route 63 from Rutland Water to Oakham

NCN route 63 between Oakham and Rutland Water

NCN route 63 between Oakham and Rutland Water

NCN route 63 between Oakham and Rutland Water

Rather useless unpaved cycle track which takes you halfway to Egleton then dumps you on the (quiet) parallel road anyway.

Start of the cycle route around Rutland Water south from the Egleton visitor centre

The cycle route around Rutland Water

The cycle route around Rutland Water swings right here (heading south)

The cycle route around Rutland Water - probably not great in wet weather

The cycle route around Rutland Water

Gate where the cycle route around Rutland Water leaves the A6003

The cycle route around Rutland Water beside the A6003

North end of the diverted section of the cycle route around Rutland Water - gates AND pointless Cyclists Dismount signs!

The diverted cycle route around Rutland Water passing over Manton tunnel

The diverted cycle route around Rutland Water passing over Manton tunnel

The cycle route around Rutland Water takes a bit of a deviaition to the right/east here

The cycle route around Rutland Water takes a bit of a deviaition to the right/east here

These Circuit of Rutland Water signs only appear where the route is on public roads.

Lots of cycle parking, mostly useless (logs and wheel benders), at the Horse and Jockey, Manton - but there are planters that bikes can be locked to.

Start of cycleway east from Manton

The Rutland Water cycle route east from Manton

Wheelbenders at the Rutland Water Garden Centre (and café)

Barriers AND Cyclists Dismount signs to cross the entry to the Rutland Water Garden Centre

Route through the Rutland Water Garden Centre car park (as was)

Cyclists are advised to ride the Rutland Water circuit anti-clockwise to avoid crossing this road twice in a couple of hundred metres. (It's bizarre that they haven't yet created an off-road route.)

Perhaps the Cyclists Dismount sign is for cyclists going in the other direction, but it's still one of those negative things that make cycling seem dangerous and complicated.

Cyclists are advised to ride the Rutland Water circuit anti-clockwise to avoid crossing this road twice in a couple of hundred metres. (It's bizarre that they haven't yet created an off-road route.)

The Rutland Water cycle route west from Lyndon Top

No cycle facilities on the road east from Lynden Top

Cycle parking at the Lyndon Visitor Centre, Rutland Water

Slow - Steep Hill! Are you wearing your helmet? The sort of nonense you get when a water company builds cycle infrastructure.

The Rutland Water cycle route

The Rutland Water cycle route

Yet another gate on the Rutland Water cycle way

The end of the gravel cycle route around the west end of Rutland Water - eastwards from here it's asphalted.

East of here, the Rutland Water cycle route is paved; westwards it's gravel.

Map of Rutland Water cycle routes

Rental prices at the Giant bike shop, Rutland Water

Giant bike shop - the main one on the south side of Rutland Water

Bike at Normanton church, now in Rutland Water

More gates on the Rutland Water cycle route

The cycle routes are paved at the east end of the lake and largely unpaved at the west end and on the Hambleton Peninsula.

Gates and Cyclists Dismount sign to cross a very minor dead-end road. Ridiculou, but that's what happens when cycle routes are installed by a water company.

'Sykes Lane', ie the dam of Rutland Water. The cycle routes are paved at this end of the lake and largely unpaved at the west end and on the Hambleton Peninsula.

'Sykes Lane', ie the dam of Rutland Water. The cycle routes are paved at this end of the lake and largely unpaved at the west end and on the Hambleton Peninsula.

To get back onto the cycle track we had to cycle the wrong way along this one-way road.

Bike and sculpture by Rutland Water

'Hand Gate' sign at yet another obstruction on the cycle route around Rutland Water

Yet another gate on the route around Rutland Water

It's not easy to find the way out of the Whitwell area to the east.

I don't think Staff Parking Only refers to the cycle stands.

Youth group bravely setting out on their mountain bikes by Rutland Water

Youth group being fitted out with mountain bikes and helmets

Cycle parking at the main Rutland Cycling shop - mainly for their rental mountain bikes

The main Rutland Cycling shop - big and busy

There are too many gates on the cycle route around Rutland Water

Cattle grid - another absurd reason to tell cylists to dismount. What happens when a water company creates cycle infratrusture.

Gate and off-lead dog-walking area, Rutland Water

Cycle cut-off avoiding mini-roundabout - not at all obvious in the other direction (eastbound).

Mini-roundabout on the Rutland Water cycle route

Road closure where it plunges under Rutland Water

Road closure where it plunges under Rutland Water

Junction where the road plunges under Rutland Water

There are too many gatea on NCN route 63 by Rutland Water

Signs for NCN route 63 are rare along Rutland Water

Excellent cycleway by the A606 on NCN route 63

Sign at the junction of the Hambleton Peninsula cycle route with NCN route 63

Route sign on Hambleton Peninsula, Rutland Water

Cyclists bypassing sheep by Rutland Water

Steep hill - Slow! Are you wearing your helmet? - One of many annoying signs around Rutland Water - what you get when cycle routes are designed by a water company.

Steep hill - Slow! Are you wearing your helmet? - One of many annoying signs around Rutland Water - what you get when cycle routes are designed by a water company.

Gravel cycleway, Rutland Water

Barrier on closed road with parallel cycleway, Rutland Water

Cattle grid on the Hambleton Peninsula cycle route, Rutland Water

Cattle grid and shared access track sign, Rutland Water

Cyclists on the Hambleton Peninsula cycle route, Rutland Water

Steep descent on the Hambleton peninsula, Rutland Water - good brakes are more important than dismounting, I think

Steep hill, cyclists dismount - the first of many annoying signs about dismounting and helmets. This is what happens when cycle routes are designed by a water company.

The initially impressive Hambleton peninsula cycleway turns into a poor gravel path here

The Hambleton peninsula cycleway kinks left here as the asphalt ends

Hambleton peninsula, Rutland Water - looks good, but the asphalt ends here.

Poster for guided cycle ride (in the toilets of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve visitor centre)

No Parking for Cyclists sign - what I think it means is no parking of cars used to bring bikes to Rutland Water.

Cycle parking at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve visitor centre - installed so that only one side is useable (because of course leaving space for motor vehicles is more important)

Rather useless unpaved cycle track which takes you halfway to Egleton then dumps you on the (quiet) parallel road anyway.

Route sign on the Rutland Water loop

Distances and cycling times for the Rurland Water loop

Cycle routes (dotted red lines) and birdwatching hides at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Junction on the Rutland Water loop

Unsigned link to the Rutland Water cycle loop

Sign for the Oakham Loop of the National Byway (NCN route 63 is just to the south)

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