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Pubs with autumn walks

Get a blast of fresh air, take in the autumn prettiness then cosy up in a pub. Here's our pick of the best 15 in Surrey.

Autumn is the time to walk – there’s the crackle of leaves underfoot, the air is fresh but not frozen and the darkness of winter is yet to set in. Follow it with a pint in a cosy pub and you’ve got yourself a perfect day out. Here are our pick of 16 pubs with great walks nearby.

The Plough Inn, Coldharbour

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With Leith Hill, the highest point in south-east England, on the doorstep and plenty of beautiful woodlands, The Plough Inn is blessed for walking opportunities. And as well as offering great food, the pub also has its own microbrewery on site, so you’ll be well-looked-after when you return. If you wanted to make a weekend of it, there are six boutique rooms to overnight in.

The Running Horses, Mickleham

Box Hill is just a short hop, skip and jump from this pub in the pretty village of Mickleham, so you can work up an appetite on one of several walks that start and end at the National Trust site.  The pub serves great food – classic pub favourites with a dash of sophistication. There are also rooms, if you want to make a weekend of it, and a bike shed for those who’d rather been on wheels than legs.

The Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green

Literally just seconds from the Bishopsgate entrance to Windsor Great Park, spend as little or long as you like taking in the sites of the 2000ha parkland. The pub is cosy and unpretentious, although if you you’re after something a little more formal, the restaurant at the back is elegant and a tad more formal than the bar area at the front.

The White Horse, Hascombe

Winkworth Arboretum and all its autumn splendour is just two minutes’ drive from this lovely pub in the village of Hascombe. It’s a fabulous local pub that also caters perfectly to those who go out of their way for it. Expect great food and a warm welcome. Dogs are welcome in the bar and on the outdoor terrace (as well as at the Arboretum if they’re kept on a lead. Winkworth Arboretum is also hosting guided Autumn Colour Walks on Oct 16 and 23. Book for those

The Granary Café, Polesden Lacey

Not a pub exactly, but you can get great hot food as well as a drink, so it’s worth a mention. But the real focus here are the walks – and there are plenty to choose from on the 1,400 acre estate. The Little Big Walk is an easy 90 minute (4km) round trip which takes you takes you through a wooded valley and passes ancient woodlands, historic farmsteads and downland.

The Cricketers, Cobham

Take a meander across Downside Common from The Cricketers in Cobham, or for a more structured walk try this 6-mile circular iFootpath walk  through the countryside around Downside. It starts and ends at the Hollyhedge Road pay and display carpark about a mile from the pub. While you’re in the area, the gardens at Painshill are definitely worth a look, with their gorgeous grotto and other follies. If you’d rather be on horseback, there are plenty of stables in the area, and The Cricketers welcomes offering water and treats. Dogs, too,are welcome. Foodwise, you’ll get top-quality French influenced grub, and there’s a good selection of wine and beers.

The Stag on the River, Lower Eashing

The Stag sits in a pretty location on the River Wey and, handily, has assembled an itinerary for this 4.5 mile walk around the local area. It’s another good gastropub with lovely boutique rooms. Nothing at all not to like here folks.

The Mulberry Inn, Chiddingfold

This family and dog-friendly pub, just on the outskirts of Chiddingfold puts you in the perfect place for a romp within the South Downs National Park, as well as the beautiful Ramster Gardens (which open from Fri 12 Oct – Sun 4 Nov for their autumn season). If you want to sleep over, book into one of the three boutique rooms.

The Bridge, Chertsey

After filling your boots with The Bridge’s famous Sunday roast, head out to the waterfront and embark on the 4 mile circular walk goes along the Thames Path from Chertsey Bridge to Shepperton lock, where you cross by ferry to Weybridge and returns through Chertsey Meads. Food and a mini adventure rolled into one!

The Merry Harriers, Hambledon

There are an abundance of walks to make the most of after a warming meal at The Merrier Harriers. For a more leisurely stroll, head to Hydon’s Ball and Heath less than a mile away for a one hour circular walk around Octavia Hill. Fancy more of a challenge? The Greensand Way is a 108 mile walking route from Haslemere to Hamstreet in Kent!

The Bull Inn, Limpsfield

Just a five minute drive form the famously cosy The Bull Inn is Limpsfield Common, a National Trust space perfect for a post-lunch wander overlooking the beautiful hills of Surrey. If the little ones are in tow, they may even be able to find Peter Rabbit’s home!

The Cock Inn, Headley

Just a 13 minute walk or 2 minute drive from The Cock Inn is Headley Heath. Here, embark on the pleasant 3.7 mile walking trail to White Hill. On your wander, expect trees galore, ponds and even some livestock!

The March Hare, Guildford

Once you’re full to the brim from the yummy food at The March Hare, jump back in the car for 13 minutes and arrive at Hatchlands Park. Spanning over 400 acres, the walking possibilities are endless. Need a little guidance? The Wix Wood walk is just 1.8 miles and traverses across the estate to through woodland and open parkland. Perfect!

The Barley Mow, Englefield Green

A 7 mile round trip from Egham to Runnymede makes The Barley Mow the perfect mid-ramble pitstop. En route, you will witness the memorial, meadows and green of Englefield. The perfect autumnal walk to feature a warming pub lunch!

The Percy Arms, Chilworth

Take the opportunity to explore the leafy village of Chilworth with a 3 mile round trip that includes the famous Gunpowder Mills Fishery, St Martha’s Hill and, of course, a well-deserved meal at The Percy Arms.

The Castle Inn, Farnham

Explore the charms of this pretty market town before cosying up for toasty Sunday roast. Guided walks are on the first Sunday of each month, meeting at the Waggon Yard car park at 11am, covering 2-3 miles and lasting about an hour and half. Cost is £3. Alternatively, you can take yourself on Farnham’s Tree Trail Walk around central Farnham.




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