Country Inns ideal for Autumn Walking

11 October 2017

With the nights drawing in and the first frosts on the horizon, why not escape to a cosy country inn to experience the Autumnal splendour of our beautiful countryside. Take your walking boots, pick up a map and explore the local area, then hunker down by blazing fires in beamed bars and rest and refuel, tucking into hearty home-cooked food from exciting seasonal menus. To whet your appetite, here are eight super-cosy inns to consider for that perfect autumn walking weekend away.  For many more choices, visit

The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire

Sleepy village setting for this revamped pub, popular for local beers, modern British pub food and very comfortable rooms. Set below miles of open downland and the glorious Ridgeway Path, it’s the ideal base for lofty, breezy walks with fabulous views; walk to the famous Uffington White Horse chalk figure.
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The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Contemporary seaside town inn noted for delicious seasonal food and stylish rooms; some have copper baths on rooftop terraces. Just minutes from the Norfolk Coast Path – follow it to magnificent Holkham beach, visit Holkham Hall and explore the peaceful estate footpaths.
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The Royal Oak, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Spruced up stone inn with an authentic bar, a cracking community vibe, good food and drink, and super rooms include one showstopper. Delightful Tetbury is up the hill, oozing traditional charm and some great shopping, and on the doorstep are the glorious Cotswolds with miles of scenic footpaths to explore.
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The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

A culinary oasis in deepest Monmouthshire, worth seeking out for sublime modern British cooking and exciting menus, which bristle with top-notch local ingredients. Smart rooms provide a welcome bed for weary gastronomes; work up an appetite with a hike up the Sugar Loaf in the nearby Black Mountains.
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The Plough Inn, Lupton, Cumbria

Base yourself at this smart roadside inn and you’re mid-way between the glorious Lakes and Dales, with so much to see and do and some fabulous walks smack on the doorstep. Return to spacious country-house style bedrooms, delicious seasonal food and a big welcome.
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Sign of the Angel, Lacock, Wiltshire

Truly unspoilt 15th-century gem offering innovative food and comfortable rooms, and oozing period charm. Explore the timeless National Trust village and Lacock Abbey, the film set for the Harry Potter films and period dramas, then follow estate paths to Bowden Hill and magnificent views across the Avon Valley.
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The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

The Bull is the place to relax in following an autumn stroll along the South Downs Way, a world of wide skies and stunning views from Ditchling Beacon. Sit in the cosy bar, with its sagging beams and big scrubbed tables, quaff Bedlam ale, tuck into seasonal goodies on the enticing menu, then retire to one of the four quirky bedrooms.
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Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham, West Sussex

Overlooking Pagham Harbour on the south coast, the Crab & Lobster is the perfect walking weekend bolthole. Explore the footpaths around the harbour, the nearby beaches, the glorious South Downs Way, or follow the Chichester Canal towpath into the city. Fabulous food favours local fish and seafood; smart bedrooms too.
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