Capitalise on the atmospheric weather by exploring the great outdoors on foot this season. Need a little extra motivation? Choose one of our beautiful country walks that end with a cute pub…. Perfect for a Christmas Day jaunt after a large lunch.
Great Deodora Walks that End at Cute Pubs
This prominent hill overlooks the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset. The landmark offers 360° views and is one of spiritual significance; its Pagan beliefs are still celebrated today. Swing by for a casual pint in the rustic, Glastonbury 18th century pub.
Your walk will be marked by a unique piece of public art set in a 19-hectare community park. The centrepiece is ‘The Lady of the North’, a stunning human landform sculpture of a reclining lady, scaling 100 feet in height and spanning a quarter of a mile. Once done ogling and walking the four miles of footpaths on and around the landform, visit , a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character on the site of Plessy North Moor Farm.
This refreshing country walk explores an area made famous by the 18th-Century paintings of John Constable. See Flatford Mill, Willy Lott’s House, the site of The Hay Wain painting, and visit the Village of Dedham, where Constable used to go to school. End up at Manningtree Station and head to , a traditional freehouse with a focus on East Anglian Ales.
After walking the hills of North Herefordshire, midway along the Mortimer trail, visit Leominster, one of the market towns known for its smattering of good food options. Last week it won the Visit England Best Tourism pub, but has been a C&TH favourite for a while. The 16th-centuruy inn sits prettily on the banks of the river Lugg, where guests sip local real ales and cider. Head Chef Andy Link serves ingredients that are both the product of foraging and 50 different fruits and vegetables grown on site.
Explore public areas of the 1,000 acre historic deer park dating from the 18th century nearby Cromer, Norfolk and stumble upon a hotel in the park called . Modern artwork by the likes of Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst and Lucian Freud deck the halls, which are designed by Robert Kime. Local, seasonal produce star in the dishes by Ex-Head Chef at Mark Hix, Stuart Tattersall. The pub serves venison from the surrounding deer park, seafood, mussels and Cromer crab caught by local fisherman.
In the heart of the Black Mountains, Sugar Loaf stands at 596m high and offers glorious panoramic views across South Wales, the Brecon Beacons, and into south-west England. Climb the deliciously named landmark near Abergavenny for a walk through gentle, rounded heather and bracken-clad shoulders of the mountain, criss-crossed with paths. Finish at and enjoy real ale and local Welsh produce on the patio and terrace.
Arthurstown, County Wexford
Soak up rugged and natural beauty round about the sublime location of in County Wexford, Ireland. A wonderful collection of trees, including truffle trees round out a first-rate herb and kitchen garden, which will surely lure you inside the hotel, run by Irish husband and wife owners Kevin and Catherine Dundon, for a thick rack of Wexford lamb with confit shoulder.
And for the lazy Londoner who is too last minute to plan an excursion, but now kind of wishes she had: via Battersea Park is a good bet.
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