Discover 8 fabulous pubs with rooms ideally situated for making the most of National Walking Month

14 May 2017

To the walker, pubs, beer and beautiful countryside go hand in hand, providing the essential ingredients for a great day’s ramble, especially on a glorious Spring day. So, why not make the most of May and ‘National Walking Month’ by escaping to a cosy country pub with rooms, taking your boots and discovering the glories of the British countryside, with its local footpaths and stunning landscapes. We have taken the hard work out of deciding where to go by selecting 8 classic walking areas and showcasing a cracking inn in each for that perfect walking weekend away.

The Cat, West Hoathly, West Sussex

Set in a beautiful Sussex village, this rejuvenated pub with rooms has four smart rooms, great food and a secluded sunny terrace, and is the perfect base for exploring the glorious Ashdown Forest, its heathland and woodlands offering great walking on sandy tracks, as well as stunning views towards the South Downs. Dogs are very welcome too.
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Backing on to the River Test in Stockbridge, England’s fly-fishing capital, the Greyhound is a civilised country inn where you can expect a warm welcome, sophisticated décor, stylish and cosy bedrooms, and some innovative cooking. Walk the Test Way south (Mottisfont Abbey Gardens), or north to Longparish, returning via Danebury Hillfort and some stunning downland tracks.
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The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor, Cornwall

This iconic cliff-top inn is a real beacon on the Cornish coast and sets the standard for relaxed, convivial hospitality. ‘Eat, Drink, Sleep’ is the mantra, and the place lives up to its promise, with cosy-rustic rooms and the kitchen championing seasonal Cornish produce. Dramatic coast walks and scenery abound – walk the cliffs to St Ives and bus back.
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The Swan, Wedmore, Somerset

Refurbished with style and panache, the Swan is a cool, contemporary village inn with quirky, individual bedrooms and seasonal menus that brim with locally sourced ingredients – the place buzzes from breakfast through to dinner. A beacon in the Somerset levels – stroll through bird-rich nature reserves, explore breezy Mendip walks and climb nearby Glastonbury Tor.
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The Wiveton Bell, Wiveton, Norfolk

Just a mile inland from bustling Blakeney and glorious coastal salt marshes, this smart pub with rooms is the place to retreat to following a stroll across the stunning beaches (don’t miss Holkham beach), walking the coast path or the trails across Blickling Hall Estate (NT). Innovative food and French rustic-chic rooms complete the picture.
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The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington, Gloucestershire

Secluded away on the edge of the Cotswolds, this cracking village inn offers genuine character, culinary ambition and stylishly simple rooms, which balance rustic authenticity and contemporary comfort perfectly. It’s the place to return to following an outing across fields to Hidcote Manor Gardens, or an invigorating hike along the nearby Cotswold Way. Read more about this pub with rooms in Gloucestershire


The Fountaine Inn, Linton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire

An idyllic village green, with an ancient humpbacked bridge over a babbling stream, provides the timeless setting for this charming inn. Hidden deep in classic Dales country, it’s a favoured pit-stop among the walking fraternity and worth seeking out for the cracking snug bar, a crowd-pleasing seasonal menu, and five smart rooms in a converted stone barn.
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The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Co. Durham

Beautifully restored, this ancient inn stands in a timeless village in wild and remote country close to Derwent Reservoir. A stunning blend of old and new, with two restaurants, country-smart bedrooms and an atmospheric vaulted bar, it’s a gorgeous and cosy base for exploring waymarked walks around the village and along the Derwent valley, and in nearby Teesdale.
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