Five awesome autumn walks!
Love the outdoors? Us too, so we’re thrilled to be launching our first ever Muddy Walk Week! Grab your friends or family and try our pick of the prettiest walks in Wilts - all with dog-friendly pubs nearby.
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Feel like stretching your legs over the next two weeks? Us too! Making the most of your precious free time and getting out and about with family and besties is what we love to do on Muddy, so we’ve come up with six brilliant Autumn walks (with pubs en route or nearby obvs) so you can really enjoy your down-time.
We’re proud to say that our Autumn Walks are part of Joules’ Charity Month – 31 days of fantastic fundraising for their five charity partners. If you want to make a small justgiving donation to take part (a quid is great, and doable even for little people) click here. And please do instagram your beautiful walk or gorgeous pub (yes, you can be in it!) and hashtag with #joulesautumnwalks #mymuddywalks, because we’ll use the best images in our round-up feature.
Details of our favourite walks across all 22 Muddy counties are here so even if you’re going away you can stride out. Plus you can enter our Reader Treat and three lucky subscribers and their families can step out in £500 of Joules coats and wellies.
What else do you want, crisp dry days and blue skies? Don’t worry, I’m working on it.
WALK 1 / BEDWYN CIRCULAR
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – mostly flat. 4 mile route. View walk here.
Good for: Lovers of forests, fields and farmland
Why we love it: It’s a fairly easy walk, and none of those pesky stiles! Gorgeous views of Great Bedwyn and the Kennet and Avon Canal, ending up back in the village itself.
The Three Tuns is one of those rare beauties – it has a lovely, dog-friendly beer garden with a boules pitch for summer-tastic drinking but come winter, roaring fires will toast your toes while you glug your way through the jug of freshly-made Bloody Mary propped on the bar, small batch spirits from around the Southwest and, last but not not least, their homemade Mulled Cider. This freehold village pub has won accolades for Best Sunday Roast EVER and Favourite Local Pub, so it’s no surprise that great food is a biggie here, from small bites of cauliflower cheese croquettes to rare Bavette steak. The bar is pretty lively too!
The Three Tuns, 1 High Street, Great Bedwyn, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3NU, Tel: 01672 870 280
WALK 2 / PEPPERBOX HILL WALK
Distance and difficulty: Moderate. 6.8 mile route. View walk here.
Good for: Lovers of butterflies – the chalk downland here is a significant site in Wiltshire for rare butterfly species, including the duke of burgundy
Why we love it: This is a wonderful place for a walk, starting at the folly on Pepperbox Hill and taking you across to Dean Hill, with gorgeous views over the open countryside to the southeast of Salisbury. Carry on through Mean Wood, which in springtime is thickly carpeted with bluebells, and on down into the village of Whiteparish, before heading back across fields and a gentle climb back up to Pepperbox Hill.
The Kings Head, The Street, Whiteparish, Wiltshire SP5 2SG, Tel: 01794 884004
WALK 3 / BECKFORD ARMS WALK
Distance and difficulty: Gentle. The length is up to you – choose less than 3 miles up to 10 miles. View walk here.
Good for: Film lovers – the stunning lake here featured in the film Chocolat.
Why we love it: Utterly gorgeous views of the Fonthill Estate, a full ten thousand acres of outstanding beauty in the heart of Wiltshire.
Set in the most gorgeous location in stunning parkland on the Fonthill Estate is The Beckford Arms, a traditional yet stylish country pub, and one that is right up our street. Think lovely garden, cosy bedrooms, #inlovewithlocal ales and gins, comfy sofas and a fab gastro restaurant. For foodies, the menu changes with the seasons to ensure the freshest produce. Whole suckling pig is spit-roasted on the bar’s open fire (yikes!), they make their own hams and piccalilli, serve game pies with homemade pastry as well as aged Wiltshire steaks.
The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury Wiltshire SP3 6PX, Tel: 01747 870385
WALK 4 / SALISBURY PLAIN – NETHERAVON DOVECOTE
Distance and difficulty: Easy – you can walk as far as you’d like! Everything from a few hundred yards to 20 miles! View walk here.
Good for: Lovers of flora and wildlife – there is an abundance of it on the plain.
Why we love it: There’s a chance to spot the famous but elusive Great Bustard, while you take in Netheravon Dovecote next to the historic Saxon church, walk alongside the crystal clear River Avon and pay a visit to the local Stonehenge Ales brewery.
The Dog and Gun Inn, Netheravon is a lovely 17th century village inn located in the heart of stunning Salisbury Plain. Recently saved from development, it has been renovated by locals into a quirky pub, café and dog-friendly boutique b&b. The “D&G” is the perfect place for curling up by the wood burner with your pooch to sip a Bloody Mary after a long walk.
The Dog and Gun, Salisbury Road, Netheravon, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 9RQ, Tel: 01980 670838
WALK 5 / HEAVENLY VIEWS – HORNINGSHAM
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – 4 mile route, takes 2 hours. View walk here.
Good for: Everyone. Except those who’d rather be at the Safari Park down the road!
Why we love it: For a long, brisk walk with stunning views of Longleat House, this is the one for you.
The Bath Arms is a lovely hideaway tucked in the shadow of Longleat, the perfect place to relax and unwind. It’s a foodie pub but is also a lovely boutique retreat, and the 17 characterful rooms with furniture imported from India are a quirky twist on your typical country pub. The food is locally sourced and seasonal wherever possible – you can even hire their Shepherd Room for private dining for up to 50 guests.
The Bath Arms, Horningsham, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7LY, Tel:01985 844 308