This last section of the Viking Way is through Leicestershire and Rutland. It takes in a number of pretty stone villages before following the shore of Rutland Water to reach the county town of Oakham.
14.25 miles (23 kilometres)
- Starting point
- Continue straight ahead at the crossroads in the village for approx. 170m.
- Turn right onto Back Lane and follow it for approx. 520m.
- Turn left onto a public footpath along a track and follow it for approx. 0.6 miles (one kilometre) to a junction with another track.
- Bear left to continue along the track. Where the stone track bears left leave it to continue ahead along a grass track and then tarmac lane to a road.
- Turn left and walk along the road with care.
- t the T-junction turn right (signed Thistleton) and follow the road for approx. one mile (1.6 kilometres) into Thistleton village.
- In the middle of the village turn right onto a public footpath signed Viking Way. Continue ahead through a gate to a field edge.
- Turn left and follow the path along the filed edge for approx. 15m before turning right to walk across the field. Continue in the same direction across the next two fields to a hedge end. Bear right, keeping the hedge on your left, to walk along the field edges to a road.
- Cross the road and continue along the field edge footpath and then between crops to a track. Turn right to reach a road.
- Cross the road and continue straight ahead along the tarmac lane. Follow it into Greetham village and to a T-junction with the main village road.
- Turn right and almost immediately turn left, taking care crossing the road, to a public footpath up a flight of steps. Follow the path between fences/hedges to a track. Continue ahead in the same direction along the track. Walk past the farm and onto a gate/bridge/stile. Cross the bridge.
- Turn right and then after approx. 50m turn left to follow footpath along a track. Follow the track approx. 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) to farm buildings on the edge of Exton village.
- Bear left through gate and then follow the village road to the right and then left, past the Town Pump and straight on along Top Street. Continue straight on as it becomes Stamford Road and then Empingham Road.
- At a T-junction on the edge of Exton cross the road and continue straight ahead on to the footpath and along the field edge. At the third corner leave the field by going straight ahead through a gap in the hedge and over a bridge. Continue straight on along the field edge and at the corner continue ahead over a bridge and along the edge of the next field. Just before the field corner turn left on the footpath and into an area of woodland. Bear left to walk along the wood edge.
- After approx. 50m turn right through the woodland. Leave the woodland through a gate and continue straight ahead along the field edge. Cross a track and continue straight on. Just before the field corner bear right over a stile and then keep left along the field edge to the corner and continue straight on into the next field. Turn left into the next field and then right and follow the hedgeline downhill through the pub garden to the road.
- Cross the busy road with care, turn right and then left and follow the path and then road past the church. Turn left after the church.
- At the T junction turn left and follow the pavement into the Rutland Water complex.
- Turn right into the car park entrance and continue ahead towards the cafe & toilets. Pick up the signs for the cycleway to Barnsdale and Oakham and follow the track around the edge of Rutland Water. Follow the track for approx. one mile in to Barnsdale car park .
- Walk through the car park and then along the road to leave the car park. Continue straight ahead along the road.
- At the mini roundabout turn left (signed Egleton) and at the end of the road bear right to continue along the track around Rutland Water. Continue as the track becomes a tarmac pavement beside the road. Follow it for approx. 1.75 miles (three kilometres) to a roundabout.
- Cross the road with care and continue straight on to Oakham.
- At the roundabout turn right to the centre of Oakham.
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- Facilities available on this walk
- Refreshments: Greetham, Exton, Whitwell and Oakham (There are refreshment kiosks at the Rutland Water car parks).
- Points of interest
- Map of starting point