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 Kent 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 / COUSLEY WOOD TO BEWL WATER WALK
Distance and difficulty: Easy, circular walk of around 2 and 3/4 miles (allow at least 40 mins for round trip). View walk here.
Good for: Families and Relaxed Sunday lunchers.
Why we love it: Park the car in the Old Vine car park and walk from there to Bewl Water – you’ll arrive near one of the Water Taxi stop off points. So if you want you can take the Bewl Belle around the reservoir and make a day trip of it.
If you don’t know it, Bewl Water is the largest stretch of open water in the South East. The 800 acre site is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of the High Weald. Open all year, a visit to this stunning lake is fantastic family fun and great value.
Galapagos restaurant at the Old Vine pub is a wonderful slice of South American sunshine on the Kent/Sussex border. If you’re after something a bit different, in rural surroundings without any formality this could be just the ticket. Kids are well catered for yet it’s also smart enough for more discerning grandparents/in-laws too.
WALK 2 / WYE DOWNS WALK
Distance and difficulty: Moderate/ harder – 4 stiles and some steep slopes – one path that’s possibly a bit slippy so take care. 4.3 mile route, allow 3 hours. View walk here.
Good for: Stretchy leggers, adults and dog walkers – this walk has some challenging climbs in places but well worth it for the spectacular views from the Downs.
Why we love it: Wye is a gorgeous corner of Kent countryside, nestled at the foot of the North Downs (and just North East of Ashford with it’s high speed train in and out of London) in an area of outstanding natural beauty. And this walk takes in some of the pretty, historic village itself.
The Kings Head is a smart pub with rooms situated in the middle of Wye. With a relaxed vibe, but careful attention to detail the menu here is inspired by some of the best dishes from around the British Isles, some old, some new, all tasty and they’re on a mission to provide the best produce Kent has to offer. Gorgeous guest rooms too should you fancy making a weekend of it – dog-friendly. Woof!
WALK 3 / IGHTHAM MOTE TO SHIPBOURNE WALK
Distance and difficulty: Easy walk, 3.5 miles – allow 2 hours). View walk here.
Good for: Stately home fans, family day trippers and dog walkers – easy enough circular walk.
Why we love it: This Ightham Mote circular walk begins with a wander through ancient Scathes Wood, before taking in some wonderful views of the Kentish countryside on the way to the neighbouring estate of Fairlawne and on to Shipbourne (for refreshments). Wander out in early spring and you’ll find a magnificent display of bluebells in Scathes Wood.
For non-fussy, decent pub fare in a comfortable, friendly setting you can’t go wrong with The Chaser Inn. This is an informal, relaxed pub, in sleepy Shipbourne, next to the church and overlooking the common. Children are well catered for, there is a lovely beer garden for warmer days or lots of cosy spaces and roaring fires inside. Plus a dog-friendly section by the bar – all bases covered.
WALK 4 / THE THREE BRIDGES TOUR
Distance and difficulty: Easy to Moderate – 4.5 mile route, over three bridges (you’d never have guessed) and along river banks. Allow 2 – 2.5 hours. View walk here.
Good for: Families with older children (prams and tiny toddlers might not be best suited to a waterside walk).
Why we love it: There’s always something interesting to see when walking near water. Here you’ll amble along the river Medway, over three bridges at East Lock and between ponds and lakes surrounding the river. Great surrounds for both sunny summer days or brisk, fresh winter walking.
The Poacher & Partridge is a spacious, open plan familly-friendly pub with floor to ceiling glass doors leading to the large garden and views stretching across Kent’s open farmlands. There’s a decent children’s play area outside (go on, boot ’em out) making this an ideal family destination. The pub is just a short walk from All Saints Church; the only church in the world to have all its stained glass windows designed and made by the Russian artist Marc Chagall (fact fans).