Ride 16: A Drift through Wild Midland Meadows

Bikepacking bookThese pages are for readers of Bikepacking: mountain bike camping adventures on the wild trails of Britain by Laurence McJannet.

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Ride Information

START: Bottesford station, Station Road NG13 0GT, 52.946058, -0.793716

FINISH: Oakham station, Station Road LE15 6QT, 52.672513, -0.731974

DISTANCE: 31.2 miles/50.2km

ASCENT: 1404ft/428m


TERRAIN: Rough, rutted bridleways, open fields and country lanes. An undulating route that feels flatter than it is.

NAVIGATION: Fairly simple. The Rutland Round and Viking Way are well signposted, and NCN Route 63 delivers you into Oakham. However, it is easy to lose the trail through Edmondthorpe Mere and Woodwell Head. Make sure you keep the fence and tree-line on your left as you head east. OS Landranger 130 covers most of the route, except for Oakham which can be found on 141.


Ordnance Survey Map

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Open Street Map with information markers and elevation

Book Map


Download .GPX file (right click to download)

Download first map.pdf and second map.pdf from the book (right click to download)

How to navigate using .GPX files

Eat & Drink

White Lion Inn, 38 Main Street, Whissendine, Rutland LE15 7ET, 01664 474233, www.whitelioninn.com
The Lord Nelson, 11 Market Place, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6DT, 01572 868340


Cross Swords Inn, The Square, Skillington NG33 5HB, 01476 861132, www.thecross-swordsinn.co.uk
Rutland Caravan & Camping, Park Lane, Greetham, Oakham LE15 7FN, 01572 813520, www.rutlandcaravanandcamping.co.uk
Bivvy: Woodwell Head, near Teigh


Zaro’s, 12 Queen Street, Bottesford, Leicestershire NG13 0AH, 01948 843699
Giant Store Rutland Water, Normanton car park, near Edith Weston, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8HD, 01780 720888, www.giant-rutland.co.uk

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