Four 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 Glos - 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 four 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 / AROUND MINCHINHAMPTON COMMON
Distance and difficulty: Easy/moderate – 4 miles. View walk here.
Good for: Butterfly lovers – the Adonis Blue is often found on the western edges of the Common in the breeding season (there are two broods per year, one in June and then August/September).
Why we love it: This is a fairly level walk that follows the outer boundary of Minchinhampton Common and can be started from a number of places, including the Bell Lane car park, the Common Road car park, the Beaudesert car park, and for local residents pretty much anywhere within Minchinhampton itself. You can hardly get lost as long as you stick to the Common, and it can be made shorter by cutting corners. The views all around are excellent and the going normally very dry, unless after recent rain, and mostly on short grass.
When you come to The Weighbridge, a 17th century this inn, with rustic interiors and a ‘come on in’ ambience (everyone’s welcome from the Muddy-boot brigade to motley children and dogs), make sure you come hungry because The Weighbridge is the inventor of the 2in1 Pie. What’s that you ask? That is the pub’s inspired culinary invention which puts your braised beef and ale, say, side by side with your cauliflower and cheese, say, topping the pair of them with the shortest, crumbliest homemade pastry ever. There are veggie, vegan and gluten-free options, full-sized and minis, and they are a-mazing. You can ask for the recipe but you won’t be given it as it’s been a closely guarded secret, passed down from landlord to landlord for 40 years.
The Weighbridge, Longfords, Minchinhampton GL6 9AL, Tel: 01453 832520
WALK 2 / TURKDEAN AND NOTGROVE FROM COLD ASTON
Distance and difficulty: Easy/moderate – 6.5 miles. View walk here.
Good for: Cotswold snoopers – the buildings you’ll pass are stunning! It’s a good half day walk, so great for keen beans
Why we love it: This Gloucestershire walk features typical rolling Cotswolds rolling countryside and visits three lovely villages – Cold Aston, Turkdean and Notgrove – following mainly well-trodden paths .
Nestled in the small Cotswold village of Cold Aston, The Plough Inn is a true country pub. The three rooms are cute and quirky, produce is local and seasonal, with particular attention paid to animal welfare, while the bar is a gin lover’s heaven. But it is the location that really impresses – Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold, Upper and Lower Slaughter – basically it’s bang in the middle of Cotswolds’ day-trip nirvana. We love the story behind this pub – owners Tom and Josie have been friends since the age of 3 and, after high octane lives in London and New York, the pair returned to work their hospitality and design magic on this gem of a pub – a truly local, warm and welcoming gaff.
The Plough Inn, Chapel Lane, Cold Aston, Nr. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 3BN, Tel: 01451 822602
WALK 3 / STOW ON THE WOLD CIRCULAR WALK
Distance and difficulty: Easy/moderate – 3.5 miles, about one hour. View walk here.
Good for: Walkers who like a snoop around shops!
Why we love it: Half well-marked footpath, half country lane, this is a gorgeous country stroll before hitting the indie boutiques of Stow.
England’s self-proclaimed ‘oldest inn’, The Porch House, also happens to be one of the classiest, with stylish interiors, excellent gastrofare and luxe bedrooms. First opening its doors in 947AD, for centuries punters have been choosing The Porch House as their local and despite renovations this countryside inn has all its quirky and historic features intact. Perfectly suited for fine dining or a casual Sunday lunch, the menu boasts robust cooking, sourcing all ingredients from local suppliers.
The Porch House, Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1BN, Tel: 01451 870048
WALK 4 / FAIRFORD – SOUTHROP – FAIRFORD
Distance and difficulty: Easy/moderate– 6.25 miles. View walk here.
Good for: Pretty much everyone!
Why we love it: This easy walk from the centre of Fairford passes over tracks, paths and minor country roads, with sweeping views of the rich farmlands of the Eastern Cotswolds.
Attracting tourists and locals alike, The Bull, Fairford is the place to head to for fab food and stylish interiors. Fab Sunday lunches include oak cured organic salmon, grapefruit, beetroot & rocket salad, baked garlic camembert or venison carpaccio for starters, followed by flat iron steak, roasted breast of chicken or pan fried fillet of sea bream, amongst others. For parties and weddings, hire the Bull Room – a vaulted barn with its own bar, garden and entrance – a mini pub for up to 60 guests.
The Bull, Fairford, Market Place, Fairford, Gloucestershire GL7 4AA, Tel: 01285 712535