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 Leics, Rutland 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 / Hambleton Peninsula, Rutland
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – mostly flat with a couple of hills. A four mile route taking five hours. View walk here.
Good for: Leisurely walkers and dogs.
Why we love it: Ahh Rutland, you may be the smallest county in England but you’re definitely don’t disappoint. 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.
You’ll walk straight past 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. If you love the location, book a room upstairs and wake up to wonderful views of Rutland in the morning. Dogs are welcome in the outside area.
WALK 2 / Clipsham, Rutland
Distance and difficulty: An easy three mile circuit that will probably take around two hours. See walk here.
Good for: Easy for good walkers but bring your wellies.
Why we love it:
Start and finish your circular walk at The Olive Branch pub in Clipsham. This easy walks takes you through the ancient Pickworth Great Wood and the local quarry.
The Olive Branch is a Muddy award winner serving fantastic food (I’ve been twice) in a rustic and cosy setting. The Kitchen is headed by Chris Ansell (previously of Hambleton Hall) and Luke Holland who create menus showcasing the best local produce as well as ingredients from their own garden and paddock. Relaxed atmosphere with dog-friendly treats on offer too.
The Olive Branch, Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland, LE15 7SH. Tel: 01780 410 355
WALK 3 / Woodhouse Eaves and Beacon Hill
Distance and difficulty: A six mile walk with some steep hills that can take up to 5 hours. See walk here.
Good for: Strong walkers and dogs.
Why we love it:
This walk takes in some of the best views in Leicestershire. 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.
The Curzon Arms in the pretty village of Woodhouse Eaves is a good old fashioned village pub with a contemporary feel. Grab a spot by the wood burning stove to warm up your tootsies after your walk. There’s also a traditional bar area, large terrace and beer garden that serves proper pub grub.
The Curzon Arms, 44 Maplewell Rd, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8QZ
WALK 4 / Foxton Locks
Distance and difficulty: A short 30 minute walk for the whole family to enjoy. See walk here.
Good for: Easy walkers, half-hearted stretchy leggers and even push chairs.
Why we love it:
A chance to enjoy the Foxton Locks Canal with the family. This unique waterway landmark features colourful narrowboats, the famous flight of 10 locks and the Canal House Museum so you can make an entire afternoon of it. An easy walk which can start and finish at the nearby pub.
Foxton Locks is a cosy child, and dog-friendly pub located at the bottom of the canal locks with pretty views over the waterside. Food here is a variety of wholesome and hearty pub dishes think fish and chips, pies and rump steak but they also offer a menu for gluten-free, vegan and kids.
Foxton Locks Inn, Bottom Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton, Market Harborough, LE16 7RA