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Awesome autumn walks with a pub

Is there anything better than a beautiful Autumnal walk that ends in a pub lunch? Stroll and scoff your way across Leicestershire and Rutland.

The sun may have gone in, but there’s plenty of day time left for a crisp autumn walk – followed, of course, with a pint or lunch in a cosy pub or restaurant.

Here’s some of my fave pubs with great walks nearby, but clearly it’s just a start as there are soooooo many.

Feel free to add your recommendations in the comment box below – the more the merrier.

Martinshaw Woods, Groby

Set across 103 hectares (254 acres), this picturesque woodland is situated in the National Forest. The woods also features a diverse range of habitats and wildlife. With links to nearby woods and an extensive path network. Try a circular 8 mile walk starting off at Kirby Muxloe Village Hall and you’ll go past what remains of Kirby Muxloe Castle, the old Swannington Railway and more. Fuel up at The Bulls Head, Main Street after and tackle one of the pub’s delicious lunch options.

Woodhouse Eaves and Beacon Hill

Pass by craggy rocks, up through Beacon Hill where you can spot wooden sculptures, and a natural play area – including a log train for children, plus, don’t miss the view from Bucks Hills – see the full walk here. Enjoy a hearty meal at The Curzon Arms after. This old fashioned village pub has a contemporary feel. Grab a spot by the wood burning fire.

Hambleton Peninsula, Rutland

This beautiful circular walk follows the edge of Hambleton Peninsula – a bit of land protruding into Rutland Water. It’s also home to the Rutland Ospreys so if you visit in autumn you may catch a glimpse or two across the reservoir. Stop off at The Finch’s Arms in Hambleton. This 17th Century English Country Inn comes with brilliant beamed ceilings, cask ales, a small bustling bar and great restaurant for lunch after your walk. Dogs welcome in the outside area.

Market Bosworth Country Park

Plenty of gentle walks to enjoy through the 30 hectare park. Follow the route of the Leicestershire Round long distance path south to the village of Sutton Cheney, call in at the Battle of Bosworth visitor centre, walk the towpath of the Ashby canal or ride on the Battlefield line railway which terminates at Shenton station. If after you’re feeling peckish, try The Black Horse Restaurant, one of my fave in the area. It’s got a really cosy charm about it and the food is always a winner too!

Rutland Water

Take in the beautiful countryside around and along Rutland Water including parkland, woods and historic buildings. Start in Exton Park and you’ll walk past Fox and Hounds where you can fill up on hearty, seasonal dishes. Walk along the Viking Way into the village of Exton past Fort Henry Lake. You can see a similar walk here. Swing right at the fork in the path before going left at the edge of Exton Village towards Whitworth. Walk through Rutland Water and into Barnsdale Wood.

Sence Valley Forest Park

Enjoy a scenic walk through this park built on a former opencast colliery site. It includes the River Sence and three major lakes, which attract a wide variety of wildfowl. There’s also meadows and open glades in the woodland also provide habitats for a variety of wildlife. Stop off at hidden jem and dog-friendly pub, The Queen’s Head.

Medbourne

The gentle, and peaceful circular walk starts in the village and leads you through fields before coming to the beautiful old mansion, Nevill Holt and back again. The paths through the estate give you great views of the chapel, stable block and mansion and the return leg follows a peaceful lane which leads you back into the village. Time it well and you can pop into the lovely Neville Arms. Once an old stable yard and coaching Inn now a pretty pub/restaurant with rooms and original features including a studded oak door, beamed ceilings and a stone inglenook fireplace. Visit on a Sunday and tuck into their delicious lunch menu.

Anywhere else you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below. Kx

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