A brisk walk is fantastic way to lift the spirits at any time of the year, and more or less whatever the weather ☀️☔️ Getting into the great outdoors can clear the cobwebs and allow you to switch off from work or the busyness of life while you observe the nature around you and take in some fresh air. We’re fortunate to be located within the beautiful South Downs countryside and have several walks that guests can take straight from their cottage doorstep.
One of the best things about getting out in the winter is that you can treat yourself to a drink or lunch at a local pub and sit by the fireside. Several walks take in a pub, so why not plan it as part of your walk? Look forward to getting back to your cottage afterwards with its cosy underfloor heating and wood burner, so whatever kind of weather you encounter, you’ll always come back to a warm comfortable cottage! If you have your dog with you, we also have a warm tap outside so you can wash your dog before bringing him into your cottage 🐕
You can find details of all 7 walks that can be taken from your cottage here and also on laminated cards in your cottage.
The length of the walks vary from up to 40 minutes, hour walks and for those of you who really like a good stomp in the countryside, 2 hour walks. They are all circular routes bringing you straight back to your cottage.
Our two shortest walks would make a great daily walk either for exercise or for a good dog walk before getting out for the day.
The hour walks take you slightly further, one of which takes in Old Winchester Hill, which is an ancient Iron Age Fort, a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the plant and insect life that thrives on the site. The views from the hill are stunning and you can see how beautiful it is from the image below.
The other one hour walks take in local pubs including The Bucks Head pub in Meonstoke, The Bakers Arms in Droxford and The Shoe Inn at Exton. Why not stop off for a drink or meal at one of these pubs on your walk and take your time to enjoy being out and exploring the area.
The longest walk is 2 hours and takes in part of the Meon Valley Trail (a disused railway line, safe for walking especially with children) and The White Lion pub in Soberton. Definitely a walk for a drier day!
Back at the Cottage
Once you’re back at your cottage, take in some rest and relaxation perhaps with a dip in the hot tub to relax those muscles and take in the beautiful scenery or the night skies. The hot tubs are a very popular feature of our cottages and guests love relaxing in the warm bubbly water.
Light the wood burner, wrap yourself in a blanket and stay cosy and warm in front of the fire. All of our cottages have complimentary logs sourced from our local woodlands.
If you don’t fancy cooking, our farmhouse kitchen meals are available to buy in our on-site shop.
We really hope you take the time to get out into the fresh country air while staying with us, enjoy the beautiful scenery and nature we have on our doorstep, while looking forward to returning to your cosy cottage!