Escape to Nature

31 October 2018


It’s a well-known fact that being out in the open air and time spent in nature can do wonders for your health, and when combined with a relaxing weekend away, the stress busting properties of being outdoors are clearly multiplied.  Below are 12 of our top recommendations of fabulous country inns, all tucked away in less busy areas and perfect for walking, cycling and other country pursuits, or just to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle.  Down winding lanes and hidden valleys, high up on the moors or isolated along a rugged coastline – the sense of getting back to nature will be as great as the welcome you will receive at these cracking pubs with rooms.


The Fleece Inn, Dolphinholme, Lancashire

The Fleece Inn, Lancashire

Set on a rural crossroads on the edge of the wild Bowland Fells, this rescued and revamped community-focused pub with shop, country-smart rooms and good hearty cooking stands on the Wyre Way in glorious walking country.

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The Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk, Co Durham

Idyllic Romaldkirk stands isolated amongst the rugged moorland landscape of Upper Teesdale, miles from any motorway or large conurbation, and this striking old inn makes the ideal base for exploring. Invigorating walks, challenging bike rides and superb pony trekking trails are on the doorstep.

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The Gurnard’s Head, Treen, Cornwall

The Gurnards Head, Zennor, Family Friendly Pub Hotel in Cornwall

Close to Land’s End on the wild Penwith peninsula, this isolated and iconic cliff-top inn is a real beacon and sets the standard for relaxed, convivial hospitality.  Dramatic coast walks will certainly blow any cobwebs away.

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The Joiners Arms, Alnwick, Northumberland

Just a brisk stroll from one of Northumberland’s finest beaches and a short drive from several stunning coastal castles, this modest, unassuming pub, with a bohemian feel and funky bedrooms, takes some beating as a weekend base for walking and unwinding and exploring the county’s wild coastline.

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The Pheasant, Higher Burwardsley, Cheshire

High in the Peckforton Hills, the Pheasant draws the crowds for far-reaching views across the Cheshire Plain, log fires in the bar, imaginative food, and refurbished bedrooms. Great walking too.

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The Star Inn, Sparsholt, Oxfordshire

The Star Inn, Sparsholt, Country Walking Pub in Oxfordshire

The sleepy village setting beneath rolling downland and the Ridgeway Path gives the Star Inn a truly out-of-the-way feel but the smart rooms and solid food offering have firmly established this rural backwater as a destination dining pub and a peaceful place to stay, with some excellent walking and cycling right on the doorstep.

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The Kilpeck Inn, Kilpeck, Herefordshire

This whitewashed country inn is hidden away in beautiful rolling countryside close to Hay-on-Wye and the Black Mountains. With simple, comfortable rooms, competent modern British cooking, and a passion for local produce you’ll want to stay awhile and explore.

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The Rock Inn, Haytor, Devon

A traditional old inn with a classic bar, charming accommodation and top notch dining – It’s an idyllic spot, and The Rock Inn couldn’t be a better base for exploring all that Dartmoor (in 25 minutes you can be on top of Haytor) and wider South Devon have to offer.

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The Notley Arms, Monksilver, Somerset

Lost in a truly rural spot on the flanks of Exmoor, this revamped rural inn is firmly established on Somerset’s culinary map and with stylish rooms makes the perfect weekend retreat with truly hands on owners.

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The White Buck, Burley, Hampshire

This informal inn within a grand house deep in the New Forest is a haven for country lovers looking for good pub food, a relaxed vibe and stylish country-chic bedrooms. New Forest ponies abound and there is wonderful walking and cycling from the front door.

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The Ram Inn, Firle, East Sussex

The Ram Inn, Firle, Pub with quality food in East Sussex

In a feudal South Downs village, you’ll find this rustic-chic pub (with a 500 year history) warmed by 3 real log fires, offering smart rooms, local Sussex brews, locally sourced produce and a cool vibe – great for walking, cycling and horse riding.

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Helen Brownings Royal Oak, Bishopstone, Wiltshire

In an isolated village high up on the North Wessex Downs, You’ll find Helen Browning’s country-rustic Royal Oak. The glorious rolling landscape is fabulous walking country whilst the big draw is her delicious organic beef, pork and lamb and other organic ingredients, all sourced locally.

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