Cycling UK Louth
Date: 2023 TBA
Venue: Wing Hall Campsite OS Grid Reference SK 89033 02806
Wing Hall, Wing, Oakham, RUTLAND, LE15 8RQ
Cost: Car+Tent £12 per person per night
The site has limited development but has all the essentials: showers, toilets, washing up points, a shop stocked with local produce. The cafe for those who might not fancy cooking will be open again from 17th May 2021.
The Button Hole Cafe
Wednesday and Thursday 09.00 am - 17.00 pm
(breakfast 09.00 am till 10.30 am)
Friday 09.00 am - 22.00 pm
(brunch 11.00 am - 14.00 pm)
Saturday 09.00 am - 21.00 pm
(evening food 17.30 - 21.30)
Sunday 08.00 am - 16.00 pm
(coffee and cake only)
There's 'The King's Arms' public house adjacent to the campsite that boasts accommodation as well as fine food and drink.
A few miles away at Manton, there' also the 'Horse and Jockey Inn' which serves snacks every day, and the 'Wheatsheaf' in Edith Weston also serves food. There's always the Captain Noel Newton Weatherspoons in Oakham.
There's no requirement to do anything other than relax and enjoy the facilities and countryside.
There are marked trails around Rutland Water and suggested routes to Oakham and Stamford.
Below are just a few routes that have been recommended, but these are just suggestions:
Option 1. Rutland Water Cycle Route
WING - RUTLAND WATER - WING
(Optional 8 mile (12 km) extension to Barnhill Creek via Upper Hambleton which would give a Route distance 28 miles (46 km)
Option 2. Oakham Circular
WING - OAKHAM - WING (1700 ft climb)
Option 3. Oakham Circular HILLY (2000 ft climb)
WING - OAKHAM - WING
Option 4. Rutland Sportive (2900 ft climb)
Rutland SHORT (a longer, more challenging ride with 2,900 ft climb) - The Rutland Sportive
Route distance 53 miles (86 km) view and download HERE (Ride with GPS)
Option 5. Welland Viaduct
Wing to Welland Viaduct (thanks to John Rickett and Rob Cook for the information on this historic viaduct)
Plenty to see in Oakham, including a visit to the Norman great hall of Oakham Castle. Open 10 am - 4 pm (closed Tuesday)
*Temporarily closed due to Covid-19*
In past years we've enjoyed routes to Stamford:
Routes to Stamford
WING - STAMFORD - WING (short) Possibility of a visit to Burghley House for refreshments
WING - STAMFORD - WING (medium) Possibility of a visit to Burghley House for refreshments
WING - STAMFORD - WING (long) Possibility of a visit to Burghley House for refreshments
RUTLAND HILLY (a longer, more challenging ride with 2,900 ft climb) - The Rutland CiCLE Tour with a visit to the Giant Store
HISTORY OF WING
Wing comes from "vengi", an old Norse or Viking word meaning field. The name is likely to refer to the village's location on a plateau between two river valleys. With the village dating from the 9th Century there's also a fascinating Labyrinth or Maze. It is cut out of turf and it's reputed to be of Medieval origin, possibly after one of a similar design in Chatres. It is one of only eight turf cut mazes left in Britain.
Perched up at a little over 400 ft (123 m) on a brow of a hill overlooking the River Charter, Wing Campsite lies just 2 miles
(3 km) from Rutland Water and is set in a magnificent rural landscape. Cycling UK Louth will be visiting from Thursday 15th August till Saturday 17th August (2 nights) for their Summer Camp.
Wing Hall is a beautiful Victorian country house, built between 1885 - 1891 by Edward Worrall, a Victorian gentleman whose family made its fortune developing a technique for dyeing velvet.