Pull on your walking boots! October is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy the countryside around Bath! We’ve come up with five great walks, all within easy striking distance of the city, plus some winning suggestions on where to refuel along the way! See if you agree with our top 5 autumn pub walks near Bath 2019!
1. Stourhead and The Spread Eagle Inn
We start our whistle-stop tour around the local countryside with the world famous Stourhead landscape gardens. Centred round a majestic lake, these beautiful neo-classical gardens really come into their own at this time of year, when the majestic North American maples, Japanese acers, hornbeam and chestnuts create a truly spectacular display of autumn colour. Round your visit off with lunch at the equally wonderful Spread Eagle Inn, a warm and welcoming pub in the heart of the Stourhead estate renowned for its superb Sunday roasts with all the trimmings.
2. Kennet and Avon Canal and The Inn at Freshford/The Cross Guns
Next up, a three-and-a-half mile circular route with not one but two excellent pubs to test out. Start at the Inn at Freshford, a 16th-century country pub just south of Bath with a superb menu that features dishes from its very own smokehouse. Follow the quiet country footpaths through Iford and Westwood before reaching the Inn’s sister pub, the Cross Guns down on the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal in Avoncliff. Take your pick from traditional pub fare or just enjoy a drink by the fire before heading back to Freshford, this time along the river.
3. Two Tunnels and The Hope & Anchor
Not strictly a walk (although you could opt to do the 13-mile route on foot if you fancied it), the Bath Two Tunnels Circuit is an easy, circular route popular with local cyclists. Taking in the scenic Colliers Way (Route 24 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network), it also includes the Combe Down Tunnel – the longest cycle/walking tunnel in the UK. Plan your day around a pub pit stop at the historic Hope & Anchor, where you can reward yourself with a decent homemade lunch.
4. Heavens Gate and The Bath Arms
Park in the handy car park at Nockatt Coppice and take a leisurely stroll through the woods to the top of Prospect Hill, past the sculptures at beautiful Heaven’s Gate, before the pathway opens out to some amazing vistas right across the Longleat Estate and beyond. Just up the road is the dog-friendly Bath Arms in the pretty village of Horningsham, a recent find for the team here at Pritchards, but a definite favourite thanks to its relaxed vibe, friendly staff and superb food.
5. Bath Skyline and The Hare and Hounds.
We finish our top 5 autumn pub walks near Bath 2019 close to home, with a five-and-a-half mile circular walk that starts and finishes at the superb Hare and Hounds pub in Lansdown. The trail takes you along the stunning Lansdown Ridge with its superb views, past Beckford’s Tower, before looping around Bath Racecourse. The highlight is the viewpoint at Prospect Stile which delivers far-reaching vistas across Bath, Bristol and beyond. Back at the Hare and Hounds, you can reward your efforts with culinary crowd-pleasers such as roast sirloin of beef, slow-cooked pork belly with apricot stuffing and crackling or roast chicken with all the trimmings. Definitely worth pulling on those wellies for…
So that’s our top five autumn pub walks near Bath 2019! Is yours on the list? Share it with us in the comments below or via our Facebook or Twitter pages (links at the bottom of this page). Still in search of that perfect country pub lunch? Try our Top 6 Country Pubs Near Bath for more inspiration!