With spring just around the corner and sunny days in our thoughts it’s only natural to dream of balmy walks in the countryside followed by a lovely pub lunch. Here in the Cotswolds, we do a pub walk incredibly well with stunning countryside and beautiful traditional English pubs with great beer gardens for a lazy afternoon, post-walk chill time. With such a great selection of pub walks in The Cotswolds, we’ve hand-picked our favourites for you to enjoy.
Cleeve Common and The Lion Inn, Winchcombe
Winchcombe is a gorgeous, small Cotswold town with many walkers flocking here year-round. Surrounded by the most beautiful countryside with Sudeley Castle just outside of the town there are just so many walks to choose from.
Our favourite walk is up to Cleeve Common; follow the Cotswold Way through the fields southwest of the town and briefly along a little lane before starting the 600ft climb up to the historic Belas Knap. Head west to Cleeve Common with its famous Iron Age hill fort perched on the Cotswold Edge. You’ll be rewarded with incredible views across as far as Wales.
Follow the path back down to Postlip and back into Winchcombe where you’ll find a handful of welcoming pubs, our favourite being The Lion Inn. With a gorgeous, seasonal menu and plenty of tipple choices, you can spend the afternoon on the comfy armchairs by the fire, or the garden if the sun is shining.
Snowshill & The Mount Inn, Stanton
Stanton is often labeled the most beautiful Cotswold village of them all and if you visit you will see why. With walks galore around the area, our favourite hike includes a beautiful Snowshill. With The Mount Inn as your starting point follow the Cotswold Way in a U around Shenberrow Hill to where it meets the Winchcombe Way, then loop around via Buckland Wood to Snowshill. The return leg takes you through Lidcombe Wood and down the steep hill to Stanway. Finally, head north for the final part of the walk, and back into Stanton along the Cotswold Way. Back at your starting point, you can head into The Mount Inn for some refreshments. Choose from cozying up indoors or hanging out in the gorgeous beer garden.
The Slaughters and The Black Horse Inn, Naunton
Another hopelessly picturesque part of the Cotswolds is The Slaughter and our favourite walk will take you through Lower and Upper Slaughter and along the rolling fields of the Windrush Valley.
Starting out at the center of the village, head south at the T-junction along Warden’s Way, and after a mile head east where you’ll meet the Windrush Way and later the river itself. Cross the river at the footbridge beyond Aston Farm and then branch left along the Macmillan Way, Wardens Way through the Slaughters, and back around to Naunton.
Once you arrive back in beautiful Naunton you must head into The Black Horse Inn. The Inn has been serving excellent beers and delicious home-cooked food to both locals and visitors for more than one hundred years and retains much of its original charm and character.
Tetbury and The Royal Oak
Another gorgeous Cotswold town with its fair share of countryside walks and traditional English pubs is Tetbury, with most of the town’s buildings dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Strolling around the town itself is often walkable but you can also get out of the town and follow a short circular route which starts from the Railway Yard car park in Tetbury. The walk follows mainly pavement and tarmac paths with just one short section along a mud path. There are no stiles and just one very simple wide gate, so is suitable for most walkers. This route does have some hills both up and down but would still be possible to do it with a buggy. Once you’ve completed your walk head back to Tetbury town and visit The Royal Oak, a charming Cotswold inn with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, cosy booths, a stylish dining room, and a stunning outside courtyard.
Broadway Tower and The Swan Inn, Broadway
No trip to the Cotswolds is complete without a visit to the beautiful town of Broadway with its upmarket shops and hotels, fantastic children’s adventure playground, and many beautiful walks in the area.
Starting from Broadway High Street follow historic tracks up to Broadway Tower perched on the hillside with its spectacular views across the Severn Vale into Wales. The walk is around 4 miles long and will take you about 2.5 – 3 hours. There are some steep sections and stiles but the views will make the journey more than worthwhile.
Once you’ve headed back down into the town make a pit stop at The Swan Inn which draws in hordes of locals and tourists with its warm and welcoming atmosphere, seasonal British fayre, and impressive selection of real ales.