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 Surrey and beyond - 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/ LEITH HILL WOODLAND WALK
Distance and difficulty: Easy – 2.5 mile (4km) route taking 1-2 hours. View walk here.
Good for: Families, couples, dog walkers
Why we love it: Leith Hill Tower is the highest point in south-east England and on a clear day from the top you’ll get stunning panoramic views towards London in the north and the English Channel in the south.
Nearby pub: The Plough Inn, Coldharbour
This circular walk starts at the National Trust’s Landslip car park which is two minutes’ walk from the wonderful Plough Inn in the small village of Coldharbour near Dorking. As well as offering up fabulous food, the Plough Inn also has six boutique rooms – so it’s easy to make a weekend of it. Other walks in the area can be found here, if you’re feeling particularly energetic. Dogs are welcome in the bar area and outside.
The Plough Inn, Coldharbour, Surrey, RH5 6HD. Tel: 01306 711793.
WALK 2/ CHILWORTH WALK
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – there are a couple of stiles and hills. 5 mile (8km) route taking about 3 hours. View walk here.
Good for: More serious walkers, church lovers
Why we love it: This is a beautiful countryside walk takes you up to the historic St Martha’s Church which has lovely views out over the Surrey Hills. You’ll pass through down lanes and through undulating fields and will get a view of Guildford Cathedral across the fields
Nearby pub: The Percy Arms, Chilworth
This circular walk actually starts and ends at The Percy Arms, an elegant 18th-century country pub that specialises in South African cuisine and also has a dedicated vegan menu. The pub has a big garden with a stream and amazing views over the Vale of Chilworth to St Martha’s Hill. There are seven luxury bedrooms here, so staying over is also an option.
The Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Road Chilworth GU4 8NP. Tel: 01483 561765
WALK 3/ WHITEHALL TO MICKLEHAM
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – there are some hilly bits that can be slippery after rain. 3.9mile (6.2km) route taking about 2 hours. View walk here.
Good for: Couples, families, groups, those with some fitness.
Why we love it: This walk is mostly through woodland, but you’ll also get lovely views of Box Hill and Leith Hill, plus it takes you past the church in Mickleham as well as the pub.
Nearby pub: The Running Horses, Mickleham
The walk starts and ends at the Cockshot National Trust car park taking you on a circular route that goes right past the historic Running Horses a stylish and quirky pub in Mickleham – and the perfect place for a pitstop. Horsey and history types will be interested to know the pub gained its equine name in 1828 when two horses passed the post at exactly the same time in the Epsom Derby. The two nags are still remembered fondly today in the names of the pub’s two bars.
The Running Horses, Old London Road, Mickleham, Nr Dorking, RH5 6DU. Tel: 01372 372279.
WALK 4/ TREES AND TIMBER WALK, HASCOMBE
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – there are a couple of stiles and hills. 5.5 mile (9km) route taking 2.5 hours. View walk here.
Good for: More serious walkers, church lovers
Why we love it: A pretty walk that takes you through several stretches of woodland (which have a stunning bluebell display in early spring), as well as part of the Greensand Way.
Nearby pub: The White Horse, Hascombe
This circular walk – published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council – starts and ends at the free National Trust Hydon Heath car park and passes through the pretty village of Hascombe, taking in both the village church and pub. The White Horse is a gorgeous 16th century village pub that has developed quite a foodie following thanks to the efforts of talented head chef Valentino Gentile. It’s well worth stopping her for a bite to eat.
The White Horse, The Street, Hascombe, Godalming, GU8 4JA. Tel: 01483 208258.