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15 winter walks near cosy pubs in Surrey

'Tis the season to pile on the jumpers, coats and woolly hat, trundle around the countryside and treat yourself to a warming pub lunch! Here are some of the best of both in Surrey.

National Trust winter walks, Surrey
Combine a walk at one of Surrey’s many National Trust sites with a pub lunch this winter. Photo credit: Arnhel de Serra / © National Trust

Worplesdon Place, Worplesdon
Worplesdon Place is set amongst two-acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and overlooks its very own swan lake! Its menu has something to suit everyone, and we particularly like the sharing menu featuring baked brie and venison scotch eggs. Under a mile away is Fox Corner Wildlife Area, a 14-acre wild green space that is the perfect match for your walking boots.

Worplesdon Place

The Plough Inn, Coldharbour
The Plough Inn prides itself in its seasonal, locally sourced menu and it shows – in winter, you can expect delicious wild game on the menu. Nearby is the National Trust site of Leith Hill, creating the perfect opportunity for a post-feed hike and a healthy dose of fresh air.

Plough Inn, Coldharbour

The White Horse, Hascombe
The White Horse is at the crossways of numerous footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways including the Greensand Way – there’s also the scenic National Trust Winkworth Arboretum nearby. The Sunday menu really shines, with lemon and thyme roast chicken and burnt Basque cheesecake being our top picks.

The White Horse

Merry Harriers, Godalming
The National Trust site of Hydon’s Ball and Heath is nearby, but the real outdoor lure of the Merry Harriers are the llama treks! Book in for a winter’s morning trek with the animals and explore the stunning local trails of The Greensand Way. Pop back to the pub afterwards for some classic pub grub that hits the spot every time.

The llamas at the Merry Harriers

The Bailiwick, Englefield Green
The Bailiwick is right on the edge of the giant Great Windsor Park, which has some of the most beautiful walks in Surrey. After your hike, head to the pub for a taste of their festive menu – we have our eye on the hot smoke salmon crumpet.

The Bailiwick

The Stag on the River, near Godalming
In the charming village of Lower Eashing near Godalming, The Stag sits alongside the banks of the River Wey, making for lunch with a view. Nearby is the perfect post-grub circular walk, spanning just under 6km across Witley and Milford Common – a perfect picturesque ramble.

The Stag on the River

The Haycutter, Oxted
The Haycutter is positioned within the beautifully lush surroundings of Broadham Green. Book a table on a Sunday and order the chicken, ham and leek pie (tried and tested) before wandering off on a 5km circular walk that covers meadows, woodland and even an old mill.

The Drumming Snipe, near Woking
Explore Brookwood Country Park for a big dose of mother nature before heading two miles away to The Drumming Snipe in Mayford, a modern pub with a menu to die for. Check out the lunch set menu and don’t forget that seriously impressive wine list, too.

The Drumming Snipe

The Castle Inn, Farnham
Positioned in the heart of Farnham town centre, this is one of the few pubs in Surrey that offers a weekend bottomless brunch, and we are here for it! Or, if you’re after a traditional Sunday dinner – go for the Sunday roast. Either way, fill your boots before strolling to Farnham Park, a 320 acre space with grasslands and walking routes galore.

The Castle Inn

The Old Ship, Richmond
Richmond Park thrives at this time of year, so wrap up warm and grab those wellies for a long morning walk among the deer. Warm up at The Old Ship just a short walk away, which offers seasonal pub grub as well as casual coffees. Don’t overlook the Sunday roasts – they are huge and some of the best around!

The Inn on the Pond, Nutfield
Start your afternoon at Mercers Park and walk the perimeter of Mercers Lake, a quiet and picturesque spot surrounded by woodland and fields. Just an eight minute walk from the lake is The Inn on the Pond pub, built in 1650 and boasting the open fireplaces we’re all looking for at this time of year. In the warmer months, grab a bench and watch the cricket played out front.

The Inn on the Pond

The Black Horse, Reigate
The Black Horse is a pub filled to the brim with character, not to mention a drinks menu featuring cocktails. Order the steak frites and pistachio souffle for afters before heading to Priory Park. The huge park has a beautiful pond, woodland and a large playground, making it a great spot for a slow walk with the kids.

The Black Horse

The Cricketers, Cobham
Overlooking Downside Common, The Cricketers oozes cosiness for winter. Its menu is full to the brim with French and British pub favourites served with a contemporary twist. Don’t forget to check out the wine menu and sample a glass or two before heading out to the Common for a lap to get some much needed fresh air.

The Cricketers

The Plough Inn, near Lingfield
Nestled in the village of Dormansland just outside of Lingfield, The Plough Inn ticks all boxes for the perfect quintessentially country pub, with a roaring open fire in the winter months, brilliantly British menu and cosy corners to spend hours nattering with loved ones. Being located at the foot of the North Downs means there are ample walks to tackle before or after your fill your tum – whichever works best for you!

The Boaters Inn, Kingston
The Boaters Inn is perched on the River Thames in the beautiful Canbury Gardens. There is a seasonal menu for lunch and dinner, a comprehensive bar snacks menu and a full Sunday roast offering. We love how family friendly this pub is too, with games, colouring books, crayons and a children’s menu. Trot up the river to the Half Mile Tree and even further to Teddington Lock if you’re feeling spritely.

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