Best Places to Stay for a Walking Holiday in the UK
Fancy wandering through woodland, marching along wild and windy coastal paths or traipsing across moor or heathland as part of your UK walking holiday? Throw into that mix returning, weary and ready for a bath (and perhaps a pint), to a beautiful place to stay, then you might want to check out our selection of great bases for a more active break.
Strete Barton House, Dartmouth, Devon
A stylishly renovated 16th-century manor house, Strete Barton offers pretty much direct access to the South West Coastal Path, which you can follow down to Dartmouth or Salcombe the other way. There are five beautiful rooms plus a suite which allows you to bring your four-legged friend too! Superb breakfasts set you up for the day and stunning gardens and views to unwind after a day on foot.
Blackbird Barn, Herefordshire
Nestled in the small Herefordshire village of Llanwarne, Blackbird Barn is situated along a quiet, private lane. The village is close to the thriving historic market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth and is a good base from which to explore the Black Mountains and Hay-on-Wye. A short drive away and in an area of outstanding natural beauty you’ll find Symonds Yat Rock, offering stunning views of the meandering River Wye.
Whitrigg House B&B, Clifton, Cumbria
A stylish, 18th-century grade II listed property on the fringes of the northern Lake District and within easy reach the Northern Lakes, fells and Northern Pennines. Here you can hike across the fells, navigate the Lakes, climb a mountain, view castles and historic houses or wander around beautiful gardens – there’s so much to do. When you’ve exhausted yourself with all that, the great news is that there are some brilliant gastro pubs in the area.
Tir y Coed, Rowen, North Wales
A truly relaxed and calming retreat, this beautiful Victorian country house, with its landscaped gardens, is the ideal base for exploring the walks in this area. You’ve plenty to choose from including those at Snowdonia itself and once you’re done head home to the roaring fires. If there’s a group of you Julie can, by prior arrangement, sometimes offer in-house dining, but otherwise there are great places nearby and the team can offer suggestions. A true escape.
Hart Barn, Hartsop, Lake District
Hartsop sits deep in the stunning and sparsely populated Ullswater Valley, two miles south of the village of Patterdale and only a few miles from the key Lake District centres of Windermere and Ambleside. You could go on a different walk every day without needing your car until the day you leave. The overall level of design, attention to detail, comfort and location make this a perfect place for a break.
Loch Awe Boathouse, Argyll, Scotland
On one of Scotland’s most picturesque lochs, this tranquil cottage offers unbeatable scenery and beautiful walking trails. You’re right in the middle of a secluded haven framed by mountains, whilst having a bright and airy architect-designed space to enjoy it all from. A handful of quality inns and hotels are within three miles, providing dining options ranging from pub food, to full-on gourmet meals.
Thatched Cottage Hotel, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
An ideal base for exploring the New Forest’s woodland, coast and beautiful towns and villages. It’s right in the heart of Brockenhurst, within walking distance of the rail station (89 minutes to London Waterloo), village centre, open heathland and forest. It also has a gin bar with a curated collection of over 300 gins. Chin chin!
The Malabar, Sedbergh, Cumbria
The Malabar is smack in the middle of The Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District, meaning that there are a huge number of walks close to this beautiful B&B – they can even arrange guides if required. A converted barn, The Malabar (Cumbrian B&B of the Year 2017) is stylish but incredibly laid back and offers the perfect place to kick back after a day’s hiking – perhaps with a cup of tea, of which they have their own blend.
Swain House, Watchet, Somerset
A converted shop in the Somerset town of Watchet, Swain House is a perfect combination of industrial chic and period charm. Its four big rooms are stunning and the vibe is one of relaxed chic. Watchet, with its harbour and links to Coleridge, is on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, with its wild and atmospheric landscape packed full of great walking routes.
Cartshed Cottages, Holt, Norfolk
Situated in the tiny hamlet of Sharrington, these sophisticated cottages for two and four offer designer exclusivity with a relaxed, coastal vibe. The cottages are ideally located for sun, sea, sand and… shellfish! Bring your swimmers because the beaches in this area are beautiful. There are some lovely walks with great views along the marshes or cliff tops, such as those at Weybourne and Overstrand.
Glebe Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset
With just two rooms this quiet and discreet B&B offers the perfect bolthole. If you’re looking for country walks through unspoilt countryside, taking in quaint villages and perhaps the odd pub, then there are some starting literally outside the front door. Stunning views and ink black nighttime skies make this one hard to leave.