The Old Rectory on the Lake, Gwynedd
At the foot of the imposing Cadair Idris mountains, the Old Rectory in Tal-y-Llyn provides entry to Snowdonia’s quieter southern reaches, in addition to good strolling across the close by market city of Machynlleth, together with Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail. Two of the B&B’s 4 engaging lake-view rooms have large, free-standing baths, perfect for an end-of-walk soak, or muscular tissues might be soothed within the sizzling tub outdoors.
Walks An simple 2-mile path loops round Tal-y-Llyn lake – look out for otters. A harder haul is the climb up 893-metre Cadair Idris alongside the Minffordd Path by way of Llyn Cau (6 miles).
• Double from £100 B&B, rectoryonthelake.co.uk
Lee Byre, Devon
This previous barn home in Coryton, simply west of Dartmoor, has three vibrant visitor rooms, with uncovered beams, bucolic views and water from the on-site spring. Owners Guy and Kathrin are eager hikers and can provide path recommendation or lead guided walks, day and night time. Breakfast options fresh-laid eggs and do-it-yourself honey; packed lunches with native produce might be ordered, too.
Walks Make a circuit from close by Peter Tavy throughout the moors, by way of the bronze age stone rows close to Merrivale (11 miles). Hike from Mary Tavy to Gibbet Hill and Wheal Betsy (5 miles).
• Double from £75 B&B; guided day stroll £60pp; guided star trek £30pp; leebyre.com
Cottage Lodge, Hampshire
Christina Simons, proprietor of this cosy lodge close to Brockenhurst within the New Forest, has created a number of self-guided strolling routes direct from the entrance door, most together with a very good pub pit-stop. The lodge has 16 rooms, two of that are dog-friendly, and far of the furnishings is made by an area sculptor from fallen New Forest bushes.
Walks To Lyndhurst by way of Standing Hat woods (7 miles), looking for deer; stroll or get the bus again. Catch a practice from Brockenhurst to coastal Lymington for a Three-mile stroll by way of Keyhaven marshes, a very good place to see migrating birds.
• Double from £70 B&B, cottagelodge.co.uk
North Lees Campsite, Derbyshire
Photograph: Daniel Wildey
Immersion within the Peak District’s large views and birdsong is feasible year-round at this web site beneath the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge. Winter stays (Thursday-Sunday solely) are extra palatable within the new pods – picket huts with french doorways, lighting, heating and insulation however little else (although one easy-access pod has a mattress and height-adjustable mattress). The pay-off for slightly privation is superb strolling proper off the veranda.
Walks The web site is a 1½-mile stroll from train-served Hathersage. Make a 10-mile loop from Hathersage up alongside Stanage, for views throughout the Derwent valley.
• Camping pod from £28 for one, £7 per extra grownup, peakdistrict.gov.uk
Fraoch Lodge, Cairngorms
Photograph: Russell Hogg
Run by Andy Scot, who can lead hikes or recommend 100 routes, Fraoch Lodge is tailormade for walkers, with its easy good-value rooms, a library of guides, each day mountain forecasts, a drying room and a log fire-warmed lounge. Plus the situation is good: at Boat of Garten, near Aviemore, on the Speyside Way, with 30 Munros inside an hour’s drive.
Walks Follow the Speyside Way from Boat of Garten by way of Caledonian pine forest to achieve Nethy Bridge (4½ miles). Tackle the powerful, crowd-free northern ridge of Cairngorm, Scotland’s sixth-highest summit (Eight miles).
• Double from £42 B&B, two-night minimal keep, scotmountainholidays.com
Portrush Holiday Hostel, County Antrim
Photograph: Tim Swart
Hike proper into the Game of Thrones from this vibrant, price range, family-run bolthole on the Causeway Coast in Portrush, which starred within the collection. Rooms – dorms and personal, largely en suite – are decked out in cheery colors. There’s a communal kitchen stocked with help-yourself breakfast goodies, plus free parking, bike storage and each bus and practice choices inside a couple of minutes’ stroll.
Walks East alongside the Causeway Coast from Portrush to Bushmills (6½ miles), by way of Dunluce Castle; the Giant’s Causeway is 2 miles additional on. Westwards, comply with the undulating coast for six miles to the sweeping strand and teashops of Portstewart.
• Dorm mattress from £15 B&B, double from £40 B&B, portrushholidayhostel.com
Clachaig Inn, Scottish Highlands
Hikers welcome? You’re extra of an oddity if you happen to haven’t spent a day hefting up Munros at Clachaig. This Glencoe inn is a Highlands legend. The 23 rooms are cozy and unfussy, however extra interesting are the ale barrels, stay bands and outdoorsy bonhomie within the Boots Bar, the place walkers chat over single malts and Stornoway black pudding.
Walks A mild 1½-mile woodland route from the inn visits Signal Rock, the place the decision was given to start the 1692 Glencoe Massacre. An uncovered Eight-mile climb from Glencoe up Buachaille Etive Mòr affords views of Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive.
• Double from £106pn B&B, clachaig.com
The White Hart, Gloucestershire
Quintessentially Cotswolds surroundings – rolling hills, honey-stone villages – lies across the wool city of Winchcombe, the place the sensible White Hart provides good worth. As nicely as en suites, the inn has three “ramblers’ rooms” which can be a cut price for these who don’t thoughts sharing a toilet. Walking choices are diverse: Winchcombe is on the intersection of the Cotswold Way, Gloucestershire Way and different footpaths, with buses to assist linear strolls.
Walks Climb south from Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill (7 miles), the Cotswolds’ highest level. Stride 13½ miles north alongside the Cotswold Way to good-looking Broadway, by way of the Mount Inn in Stanton.
• Double from £40 B&B, whitehartwinchcombe.co.uk
South Downs Bunk House, West Sussex
Halfway alongside the South Downs Way, in Houghton within the Arun Valley, this flint-barn-turned-bunkhouse on Houghton Farm couldn’t be higher positioned. Amberley practice station is simply 15 minutes’ stroll away; there are two high quality pubs even nearer. It has 4 dorms (with a plug and USB socket for every mattress) plus a sensible communal kitchen and a barbecue outdoors. For walkers wanting extra privateness, the homeowners additionally run Arun Valley B&B within the farmhouse, throughout the courtyard.
Walks Head west alongside the South Downs Way to Cocking (12 miles), previous Bignor’s Roman ruins. Make the brief climb up Bury Hill, then right down to Houghton’s George & Dragon.
• Dorm mattress from £24, southdownsbunkhouse.co.uk; double in Arun Valley B&B from £110, arunvalleybandb.co.uk
Land’s End Holidays, Cornwall
Walkers might stroll proper off the nation right here – Britain’s south-westernmost level is half a mile from this hostel/B&B. A transformed barn in Trevescan, close to Sennen, it has dorms and personal rooms, kitchen, store and even a roastery promoting single-origin espresso. It feels distant, however the A1 bus stops 45 metres away, connecting to Penzance and different villages.
Walks Pick up the South West Coast Path and head east alongside spectacular cliffs to Porthcurno (5 miles) or Mousehole (12 miles), each served by the A1. The 23 miles between Land’s End and St Ives supply a number of the UK’s absolute best coastal strolling.
• Dorm mattress from £30, double from £65 room-only, landsendholidays.co.uk
Deepdale Backpackers, Norfolk
This is the de facto HQ of the Norfolk Coast Path. Sat between Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea, Deepdale’s easy, tidy dorms and personal rooms occupy a transformed stableyard. There’s a laundry and drying room, an data centre stocked with maps and guides, and a restaurant serving fry-ups and takeaway picnics. The helpful year-round Coastliner 36 bus providers stops proper outdoors.
Walks Follow the Norfolk Coast Path west alongside the salt marshes to Brancaster, then on to the reedbeds and lagoons of RSPB Titchwell Marsh (round 6 miles). Head east from Deepdale to achieve Wells, by way of the seemingly limitless sands of Holkham Bay (7 miles).
• Dorm mattress from £15, en suite double from £50 room-only, deepdalebackpackers.co.uk
Argo Villa B&B, Pembrokeshire
Photograph: Mike Kendall
It says a lot in regards to the walker-friendliness of this neat Teifi estuary B&B that 70% of its company arrive on foot. Argo sits firstly/finish of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at St Dogmeaels, and is owned by passionate hikers Gill and Antosh who have created a weather-resistant map of native routes. Breakfasts are award-winning and the Poppit Rocket bus will cease outdoors – simply ask the motive force to drop you on the “blue house”.
Walk: Follow the cliffs south from St Dogmaels to bus-accessible Moylgrove (7 miles) or Newport (16 miles). Inland, an undulating Eight-mile circuit hyperlinks the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Cilgerran fort.
• Double from £80 B&B, argovilla.co.uk
The Saracens Head, Herefordshire
There are 1,000-plus miles of footpaths to select from within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Helpfully, the Saracens Head in Symonds Yat East has created its personal strolling information, that includes routes from its entrance door. This previous inn sits on the Wye, the place the river sweeps into the Forest of Dean round Symonds Yat Rock. Seven of the 9 trendy rooms have river views, whereas the bar, which serves native ales and ciders, has a riverside terrace.
Walks The brief hike up Yat Rock gives the basic Wye Valley view. A average 10-mile stroll west alongside the river to Monmouth includes crossing the Wye by way of the hand-pulled ferry.
• Double from £90 B&B, saracensheadinn.co.uk
Wood House B&B, Cumbria
Photograph: Mike Scott
Featured in a Turner portray, elegant Wood House sits simply above Buttermere, within the quietest a part of the Lake District, with no different homes in sight. The three visitor rooms don’t have TVs, they have lake views as an alternative. Order a picnic and stroll by Crummock Water or ascend a excessive fell. For good days, there’s a patio with barbecue; for much less clement climate, the wide-windowed drawing room has an open hearth.
Walks Make a pilgrimage to Haystacks (5 miles), the place Alfred Wainwright’s ashes had been scattered. A nine-mile ridge route alongside the Buttermere Fells leads by way of Scale Force (the Lakes’ highest waterfall) to achieve High Crag.
• Double from £100 B&B, northyorkshire-bedandbreakfast.co.uk
Enniskeen Country House Hotel, County Down
You can virtually contact the Mourne mountains from this 19th-century manor. Its 12 historically styled rooms gaze up at Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain; others look over the Irish sea – and the turret room does each. Just outdoors the harbour city of Newcastle, Enniskeen is exceptionally walker-friendly, with a dehumidifier-aided drying room, stacks of maps, choices to order lunches and thermos flasks and pick-up/drop-off providers.
Walks Easy trails lead across the 12-acre property, alongside the Shimna river and into Tollymore Forest. More testing is the 26-mile Mourne Way, which runs throughout the mountains from Newcastle to Rostrevor.
• Double from £100 B&B, enniskeenhotel.co.uk
The Black Bull, Cumbria
Photograph: Rob Whitrow
The Howgill Fells are sometimes ignored for the more-lauded Lake District. But simply west (between the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales), that is a few of Britain’s finest and quietest countryside, described by Alfred Wainwright as resembling “a herd of sleeping elephants”. The Black Bull, a 17th-century teaching home tastefully revamped in 2018, sits within the market city of Sedbergh, on the foot of the Howgills; every of its 18 bedrooms, well-dressed in native rugs and mugs and toiletries, is called after a fell.
Walks Hike by way of 180-metre Cautley Spout to The Calf, the Howgills’ highest level (11 miles). Or stroll west of Sedbergh, mixing open fell, the Dales Way and Lune Viaduct (7 miles).
• Double from £125 B&B, theblackbullsedbergh.co.uk
Eighteen97, North Yorkshire
The OS map wallpaper within the eating room of Eighteen97 is an effective signal. This luxe B&B, constructed from a derelict previous church in Goathland, sits on the coronary heart of the North York Moors – and on the coronary heart of fine strolling nation. Order a hikers’ picnic and ramble proper from the door, or use the North Yorkshire Moors Railway or 840 Coastliner bus – its route was voted Britain’s most scenic in 2018 – to ramble additional afield.
Walks The Three.Three mile Goathland-Grosmont Rail Trail follows one in every of England’s first railways; return on foot or by steam practice. Or take the bus to Whitby for walks alongside Cleveland’s heritage coast.
• Double from £100 B&B, northyorkshire-bedandbreakfast.co.uk
Spindrift Barn, Somerset
Tucked away close to Exford in Exmoor nationwide park (however with a pub in strolling distance), Spindrift Barn is surrounded by trails; endowed with extras – on this case, , and with a drying room, log-burner and sauna. It faces the River Exe and nudges the Two Moors Way, with different footpaths spidering off over the valleys and moors. Guided hikes can be found, as are route notes for self-guided forays. Picnic hampers function goodies from the homeowners’ smallholding; “pony picnics” are carried by their Exmoor pony.
Walks Follow the Room Hill Circuit (4½ miles), by way of Road Castle iron age hill fort. An Eight-mile path from Malmsmead traverses Lorna Doone nation.
• Barn from £110, sleeps two, two-night minimal; guided walks from £50; wildaboutexmoor.com
The YHA at The Sill, Northumberland
Photograph: Matt Selby Photography
Opened with a fanfare in 2017, this slick hostel at Bardon Mill sits under Steel Rigg, one of the vital putting sections of Hadrian’s Wall. The constructing can be putting, with its dry-stone partitions, timber sides and inexperienced roof. Rooms – some en suite, some designed for disabled company – have two or 4 beds; renewable vitality is used all through. There are additionally helpful services subsequent door: the Sill Discovery Centre, good for planning and data, and the Twice Brewed Inn, good for brewed-on-site ales.
Walks Take an Eight-mile hike alongside Hadrian’s Wall, together with Sycamore Gap and Housesteads Roman fort. A gentler 4½ mile stroll loops Greenlee Lough Nature Reserve.
• Dorm mattress from £15, non-public room from £25, yha.org.uk
The Old Store, Powys
Come walkers every person. The serenely flat Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal tickles the Old Store’s backyard in Llanfrynach, whereas the bulbous Brecon Beacons loom throughout the valley and a path up their highest peak Pen y Fan runs from the door. Owner Peter likes company to deal with his cosy, creaky home like a home. Nose by way of the ample books and eat breakfast – that includes eggs from his personal hens – anytime; company are additionally welcome to make use of the kitchen.
Walks All 35 miles of canal towpath are walkable. A strenuous 15-mile circuit runs from Llanfrynach to Bwlch y Ddwyallt and the summits of Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan.
• Double from £90 B&B, sawdays.co.uk
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