Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age is only a short drive from Yarwell Mill. Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors. There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre, restoration and rebuilding of which began in 1983 and took nearly ten years to complete.
Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer. History can come alive in a single trip whether it is to enjoy a guided tour, take a dog for a walk in the park, take the children to paddle, see the teddy bear’s picnic in the gardens of surprise or take time over lunch in the Orangery.
For more information on Burghley House click here to visit the website.
Nene Valley Railway is a heritage railway that offers a family day out but is no mere manufactured visitor attraction as the preserved railway uses part of the original London and North Western line from Northamptonshire into the Cathedral city of Peterborough, encompassing the stations of Yarwell, Wansford, Ferry Meadows (Nene Park) and Orton Mere
The trains can be caught from Yarwell itself and Wansford Station, covering the stations of Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere and Peterborough. Please see the location of Yarwell station on the map below.
Only a 6 minute walk from Yarwell Mill Country Park!
For more information on Nene Valley Railway click here to visit their website.
Whether you are a seasoned jumper, fancy trying it or even just visiting to watch Sibson airfield is well worth a visit. UK Parachuting was established 25 years ago as Ipswich Parachute Centre and operated for many years at Ipswich Airport. The company now has two club sites at Beccles and Sibson.
Their club jumpers make a combined total of more than 10,000 jumps each year and club membership, currently at over 250, is growing. They offer coaching in all forms of parachuting and skydiving at many different levels and all of our instructors are British Parachute Association (BPA) qualified. Sibson Airfield is only a short drive from Yarwell Mill. Please see the location on the map below.
For more information on Sibson Airfield click here to visit their website.
Wansford is a beautiful village situated only a 5 minute drive away from Yarwell Mill. It is situated around its main street and spreads over the delightful stone bridge. The architecture and character of the village makes for a charming visit.
There are two pubs, the Papermills and the Cross Keys and a superb hotel called the Haycock. There is also a post Office and two antique shops selling a number of old and valuable items. You will also find a church in Wansford, a Methodist Chapel and a butchers.
For more information on Wansford Village click here to visit their website.
At Rutland Water there are wonderful cycling and walking routes, a nature reserve, a sailing school and even the Rutland Belle – a leisure cruiser to enjoy the sights with an onboard commentary highlighting the points of interest. If you are looking to simply relax, Rutland is perfect for a picnic an easy stroll or even a nap in a deck chair.
Don’t miss Normanton Church shown in the picture above. Rutland’s most famous landmark. You can combine a visit to the church on the Rutland belle.
30 minute Guided Tours are available on numerous dates on Sunday-Wednesday’s from April to September and most Sunday’s in October. For more information please call: 01780 6868000
Rutland water has two nature reserve centres – The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre and the Lyndon Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre. There are many hides to visit and a whole host of information about the local birds and wildlife including the Rutland Osprey Project. The British birdwatching fair takes place at Egleton on the 3rd weekend in August each year.
Hambleton Hall a hotel located on the peninsula boasts a Michelin star restaurant, luxurious accommodation and fabulous views across the water.
Tel: +44 01572 756991
Parking & Transport:
On site parking
Bar Caters for vegetarians
Serves evening meal
Room / Unit Features:
Four poster beds available
Hairdryer in all bedrooms
Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
Telephone in all bedrooms
Access to golf course
Arrangements for riding/pony trekking
All weather tennis court
Water sports facilities – All activities are either on-site or close by.
Central heating throughout
Garden/patio for guests use
Real log/coal fires
Rutland Sailing Club is well known for its 3000 acre sheltered sailing waters and best view over the reservoir. Offering professional instruction it is the perfect place to learn or enjoy a days sailing or windsurfing.
Rutland Sailing School specialises in dinghy and catamaran sailing. Offerring Royal Yachting Association courses from introductory sessions to personal tuition sessions in your own boat. Using Laser equipment the facilities are shared with Rutland Sailing Club providing clients with the opportunity to learn in a friendly club atmosphere.
For More Information Call 01780 721999.
The fishing at Rutland is excellent for beginners or those with experience. Rutland fly fishing adventures won an award for Best Tourism Experience in the East Midlands!
For more information about Rutland fly fishing please contact Rob Waddington on 01572 722422
Cycling around Rutland Water is a 23 mile route or 17 if you miss out the peninsula. This is a well loved activity for locals and visitors alike. There are some excellent pubs en-route, such as The Horse & Jockey at Manton.
The Horse and Jockey is located in the small village of Manton. Approx 1/4 mile to the west of the village is the A6003, which provides direct road access to the market towns of Uppingham located approx 4 miles to the south and Oakham approx 4 miles to the north. At Uppingham road links are available with the A47 providing access to Peterborough, located approx 20 miles to the east and Leicester approx 30 miles to the west, considered to be the main cities within close proximity with access to the M1 motorway and A1.
The Horse & Jockey
St Marys Road
Tel: 01572 737335
Cycle hire is available from Whitwell and Normanton, or bring your own bike and enjoy one of the best cycle routes in England.
Rutland Water Cycling Ltd, Cycle Hire/Cycle Store
Bull Brigg Lane
Tel: +44 (01780) 460705
Web site: www.rutlandcycling.com
Rutland Water Park is open every day except Christmas Day and most attractions and activities are available every day from Good Friday until 31st October, when reduced hours are advertised. Barnsdale car park is closed 1st November to 1st March, but all others are open throughout the year. Site closing times are advertised at car park entrances – a guideline would suggest between 9am and dusk.
Rutland Water has four car parks with a barrier ticket system, prices are:
Up to 15 minutes No charge
Up to 1 hour £1.50
Up to 3 hours £3
All Day Pass £5 (allows free movement to all Rutland Water Car Parks)
Annual pass £40
Parking for Motorhomes
The barriers at park entrances allow for the additional height of motorhomes so you should not experience any difficulties entering and exiting the car parks.
For more information on Rutland Water click here to visit their website.
Bedford Purlieus is an historic ancient woodland that became a National Nature Reserve by English Nature in 2000. The wood is home to more plant and insect species than most other woods in the UK.
In Autumn time it is a burst of stunning colours and in the summer it is a glorious display of diversity. The walks here are just fantastic, below is a suggested 3 hour route that starts and ends in the lovely village of Apethorpe where it easy to park. Most importantly you can enjoy locally sourced food and a pint in the Kings Head on your return.
- Walk past the King’s head and through the village of Apethorpe. Pass Apethorpe Hall, a grand 15th century country house and the ancient town stocks. Cross the bridge over Willow brook.
- After the bridge turn left onto the bridal way through Brushrubs Wood (You will see your return route coming up on the left after a few hundred metres)
- Continue along the path into Morton Sale woods passing an old farm. On your left will be a stone bridge that crosses the disused railway line that used to be the Rutland to Peterborough line. You will then reach a clearing called Jack’s Green, keep going with the house on your right until you reach a road.
- Turn right then left straight away down a narrow bridleway, this will lead you into the nature reserve. When you reach the entrance to Leedsgate Farm turn right and walk to the Eastern side of the reserve. Just before the T-Junction turn left and head West along the narrower path following the brook.
- At the end of the path turn right, go past the hide at the end and turn left to reach the official entrance to the Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve.
- Take the footpath opposite the entrance leading accross the fields to a road. Turn right then left through the gate onto the bridalway. After passing the disused buildings once part of the KIng’s Cliffe Airfield you will reach an open field. Follow the bridal signs accross several fields under the old railway bridge until it leads you back to Apethorpe’s bridge.
- Continue to the King’s Head!
Monday – 6pm – 10pm
Tuesdays – Thursdays: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm
Fridays: 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 11pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 11pm
Sundays: 12pm – 7pm (Food served until 3pm)
Address & contact details:
The Kings Head
T: 01780 470627
For more information on Bedford Purlieus Nature Reserve click here to visit their website.