Landlocked Rutland is the smallest historic county in England and lies between Leicester and Peterborough in the East Midlands. It has a population of circa 40,000.

The very rural county has two market towns which are Oakham, the county town, and Uppingham. (See Uppingham online via its webcam at the Uppingham First Website.


At the centre of the county is Rutland Water, a large artificial reservoir, an important nature reserve and  outdoor leisure and sports centre serving as an overwintering site for wildfowl and a breeding site for ospreys. The county also borders a second reservoir to the south, the Eyebrook Reservoir, famous for its fishing and birdwatching.

Rutland was reinstated as a county in 1997 after being absorbed into Leicestershire in 1974.