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Walking holidays

Walkers at Wasdale, Cumbria. © Joe Cornish

Walkers at Wasdale, Cumbria. © Joe Cornish

From tackling challenging trails to exploring the coastline with gentle strolls, theres something for everyone at one of when you stay in one of our holiday cottages.

We’ve picked some cosy and characterful holiday cottages which have great walking opportunities on their doorstep, including chances to have some of the places we look after all to yourself.

Cottages for woodlands walks

Retreat to Woodlands Cottage and explore the trees at Nymans, West Sussex, or stay in a secluded woodland glade at The Round House, a former shooting lodge and gamekeeper's cottage at Ickworth, Suffolk. Head out on foot to find the ancient ‘Old Man of Calke’ oak tree from Calke Abbey, Derbyshire, whilst staying in one of two Grade II listed 19th century gate lodges Ticknall and Heathend Lodge or wander through 900 acres of historic woodland at Lanhydrock in Cornwall from Cutmadoc, a large villa-style cottage.

Cottages for peaceful walks

Explore the landscaped gardens of Stourhead, Wiltshire, before opening time with a stay at 89 Church Lawn, a pretty stone cottage, or enjoy the grounds of Charlecote Park, Worcestershire, after hours from The Turret, your very own Tudor apartment. You could also take an evening walk around the extensive Tyntesfield gardens and estate in Somerset from the Gothic Revival Chaplain’s House or use The Potter’s Cottage, as a quaint base from which to discover the less trodden areas of the Castle Ward demesne in County Down.

Cottages for wildlife walks

Caerllan, a converted farmhouse in Llandysul, Ceredigion, is within easy reach of Cwmtydu Cove on the Wales Coast Path, where you're likely to find grey seals in autumn. Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, where you can witness the autumn deer rut when out and about in the deer park, offers a choice of 11 holiday cottages including the striking Choristers’ House. For walks taking in birdlife, stay at the waterside Agents House on Brownsea Island, Dorset, for views of wading birds, or book into Mrs Preedy’s Cottage on the north coast of Norfolk, a brick and flint cottage near Blakeney National Nature Reserve, known for its terns.

Cottages for challenging walks 

Housesteads farmhouse is just a stone’s throw from Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort, Northumberland, and the Hadrian’s Wall Path while Nant Las, originally an observatory, sits in the heart of Snowdonia, Wales, offering views of rugged hill country and access to the Rhaiadr Ddu waterfall. You can discover the Duddon Valley in Cumbria from Thrang, a rustic and remote rural hideaway, or enjoy the grandeur of Grade I listed Norbury Manor after a good stomp in the White Peak in Derbyshire.

Did you know we also have bunkhouses? They are found in perfect walking locations and provide a simplistic base from which to head out into the great outdoors. Discover our bunkhouse collection here.

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