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10 of our favourite pubs for walks

By Alice Cottingham

It’s undeniable, pubs and walks are a perfect match. With the cooler months approaching, we’ve hand-picked 10 of our favourite pubs from our collection that all have walks right from the door. Hike coastal paths, wander undulating hills or stomp down country lanes, before sitting back with a pint of local ale by the fire.

 

 

The Durham Ox

The Durham Ox, Westway Crayke, Yorkshire

This award-winning village pub is a little slice of dog-friendly peacefulness. Find happy staff, well-sourced meals and comfy rooms – great for visiting York and the Moors. Long views across the valley are great for reviewing your day’s trail or planning your afternoon. The hour long Crayke Estate Walk, which starts straight from the door, takes you across the Howardian Hills, through beautiful woodland, over the river Foss and past views of Crayke Castle.

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The Three Greyhounds Inn, Allostock, Cheshire

Deep in the Cheshire countryside, this wonderful renovated coaching inn is bustling with hikers and families. The clever layout makes the space cosy and intimate, with snugs around every corner. Try a Cheshire cheese board with a warming cider brandy after a great walk around Shakerley Mere, just next to the pub; the route is about 1.5 miles and the team can provide you with more detailed directions on arrival. Dogs are very welcome too and will appreciate the ‘dog beer’, made with meat stock, after walkies.

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The Felin Fach Griffin

The Felin Fach Griffin, Powys, Wales

This pub is quirky, homespun and thrives on a mix of relaxed informality and colourful style. The bar resembles the sitting room of a hip country house, with sofas in front of a fireplace open on both sides. The Beacons are close, and there are plenty of maps and guidebooks to borrow, or ask the team for their first-hand recommended routes. Make sure you have plenty of fuel with dishes like hake fillet with pernod cream, pheasant rillette, Eve’s pudding with cinnamon custard, all of it delicious.

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The Inn at Loch Tummel, Perth &
Kinross, Scotland

You weave through the forest, then arrive at this 200-year-old inn to find views of field, hill, loch and sky. It’s a magical spot, perfect for planning your day’s walking route. Climb the local munro, Schiehallion, or head into Allean Forest for lovely marked routes that lead to panoramic views over the loch.

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The Crown and Anchor

The Holford Arms, Knockdown, Gloucestershire

Just minutes away from Westonbirt Arboretum, this country inn hides more secrets than you can shake a stick at. There’s a covered beer garden draped in fairy lights, and they press their own apples for cider and juice. The bar buzzes with locals and nature lovers who’ve popped in for a pint or a Sunday roast after walks; the Cotswold Way is close by as well as various National Trust rambles.

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The Crown and Anchor, Ham, Wiltshire

A welcoming inn in a chocolate-box village; retreat from life and feel completely relaxed here.  Pull on your boots, grab the dog and head out for a stomp – you can join the Wayfarers Walk or the Test Way; The Kennet & Avon Canal (hop on in nearby Hungerford); and the Wessex Ridgeway, which takes you past the mystical Avebury Stones.

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The Gurnards Head

The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor, Cornwall

Walking this coastline is magical and the hike to St Ives is hard to beat. Secret beaches appear at low tide and wild flowers streak the land pink in summer. As for the pub, it’s earthy, stylish and friendly. Super homemade food can be eaten wherever you want: in the bar, in the restaurant or out in the garden. Snack on rustic delights, or tuck into more substantial treats. The St Ives-Penzance bus runs right outside if you don’t fancy the walk back.

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The Leaping Salmon, Horrabridge, Devon

This Dartmoor inn is somewhere you could hang around all day. Lounge in the deep window seats and watch the river rush past or choose from the carefully selected pile of books or games. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the Drake’s Way, explore Cotehele and Buckland Abbey or head to Burrator Reservoir. Walkers need sustenance and this 18th-century pub delivers. The wine list is fantastic and the menu creative; it’s short but packs a punch with interesting flavours.

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The Acorn Inn

The Bull, Ditchling, Sussex

This 16th-century inn on the South Downs has won awards and with good reason – a cracking bar, tasty local food and an excellent array of ales and craft beers (including one of their own). The excellent menu offers meat from Sussex farms, game from local estates, fish from short-range boats. After dark, the big garden glows with light, fire pits are lit and blankets offered. Bring walking boots and scale the Ditchling Beacon for big views.

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The Acorn Inn, Dorchester, Dorset

Perfect Evershot and rolling countryside lie at the door of this 400-year-old gem in Thomas Hardy country. Natalie and Richard took the reins to revive its fortunes, with head chef Robert Ndungu in the kitchen. It’s very much a traditional inn; locals sup pints of Otter Ale in the long flagstoned bar and menus are sourced from within 25 miles.

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