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Jutting into Rutland Water, Hambleton Hall is a long-time favourite, a former Victorian shooting lodge that makes a sumptuous retreat.
Rutland Water, one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe, dominates this small county. The 40-km, mostly level, circular track around the lake is popular with walkers and cyclists. Water sports are popular here too. At the western end of the lake there is a large nature reserve, which houses the Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre. Rutland Water is a wintering site for wildfowl and a breeding site for ospreys.