Walking, rambling, hiking, whatever you want to call it, the UK is home to some of the best and most beautiful walking routes in the world. Arguably the best seasons to enjoy an escape to the country are in amber-hued autumn and frost-filled winter; these seasons of crunchy leaves and steaming mugs of hot chocolate are the perfect time to enjoy a cosy short break in the country.
At Superbreak, we’ve been compiling a list of our 6 favourite country hotels near some of the best walking routes in the country, meaning all you have to do is lace up those hiking boots and explore the great outdoors without an ounce of city stress in sight.
1) 3* Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
Perfect for exploring: The Yorkshire Dales
Our top hotel for those looking to visit the Yorkshire Dales, the family-run Rendezvous Hotel can be found on the outskirts of the rural market town of Skipton, complete with a beautiful waterside location.
A real gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, the Three Peaks is a challenging 25-mile walk through the Dales’ rolling hills, while Aysgarth Falls is an easier 2.2-mile option which takes between 1-2 hours. After a long day of countryside rambling, you can relax in the hotel’s on-site sauna or spa pool and grab a tasty Yorkshire dish in the Baby Swan Restaurant.
2) 4* Shrigley Hall Hotel Golf and Country Club
Great for exploring: The Peak District
Tucked away in 262 of Cheshire countryside, Shrigley Hall Golf and Country Club is an impressive country mansion which is ideal for a hike through the picturesque Peak District.
Dovedale is a great 2.5-mile walk for all abilities which takes around one hour to complete, while Kinder Scout is preferred by more experienced walkers as there are some complex climbs and challenging descents which can takes around 5 hours to complete.
3) 4* The Hare and Hounds Hotel, Tetbury
Perfect for exploring: The Cotswold Way
A cosy, traditional country house tucked away in the scenic Cotswolds, The Hare and Hounds Hotel is a classic countryside retreat for any walking enthusiast.
The Cotswold Way offers over 100 miles of beautiful circular walking trails, passing through quaint villages and ancient, historical sites. For moderate-level walkers, the Bruce Train Friendship Trail – Beacons, Commons and Woods is a stunning 6-mile route which winds through serene woodland and verdant hillsides. For an easier alternative, the Cranham, Coopers and the Beechwoods is a 4-mile walk highlighting beech woodlands, Buckholt Wood and Cooper’s Hill.
4) 4* Alexandra House, Near Swindon
Great for exploring: North Wessex Downs
Nestled in the countryside just outside Swindon, Alexandra House is set amidst 20 acres of manicured gardens and offers great rural scenery.
North Wessex Downs is a countryside paradise replete with bucolic hiking trails. For an easy, relaxing walk, Uffington White Horse & Wayland’s Smithy is a short 3.3-mile walk offering the chance to explore many ancient monuments including Uffington Castle. A more moderate-level walk would be the 7.5-mile Avebury and Overton Down from Overton Hill route, visiting Avebury’s heritage stone circle.
5) 3* Briery Wood Country House Hotel, Cumbria
Great for exploring: The Lake District
Sitting just moments away from Lake Windermere, Briery Wood Country House Hotel is surrounded by 7 acres of secluded gardens and woodland.
A real outdoor adventure is in store for walkers staying at this hotel; for hiking pros, the Ash Landing and Claife Heights Windermere Walk provides a difficult, 7.5-mile challenge alongside the western side of the Lake, with mesmerising views of the Troutbeck fells. Alternatively, the Ambleside Common Wood Walk is an easy-level, 1.4-mile walk through plumed woodland and with majestic lake views.
6) 3* Moorhill House Hotel, Near Hampshire
Great for exploring: New Forest National Park
A real countryside hideaway, Moorhill House Hotel is a peaceful short-break haven tucked away in attractive landscaped gardens and charming woodland.
Breathtaking countryside is yours to explore with the majestic New Forest National Park right on the doorstep. There are many walks to do in the area, Burley Village being a lovely 4.2-mile walk exploring the enchanting Forest village of Burley and its surrounds. Alternatively, the Lyndhurst Parish Walk is a little longer at 8.5 miles taking 3-4 hours.
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