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Rhiannon Batten

Wednesday 8 October 2014. 06.00 BST

Number 3 on this list is on the Devon Heartland Way but sadly no longer a hotel. Delicious food so a great place to stop for a bite.

Top 10 hotels, B&Bs and hostels in England for walkers

England’s countryside and coast not only offer great walking, but also the chance to cosy up in great places to stay, with food and drink as tasty as the views

Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, Peak District

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Beechenhill Farm, Ilam.

There’s so much to do at this Peak District farm, from hiring an electric bike to soaking weary legs in a wood-fired hot tub, that you’d be forgiven for staying put. Don’t though. There are lovely walks to be had around the neighbouring National Trust landscapes, as well as further afield in The Peak District. Friendly owner, Sue, can lend you maps and walking guides and it’s family-friendly, with sledges to borrow in winter, a farm trail to explore and a haybarn to play in on rainy days.
01335 310274

YHA Boggle Hole, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

As seen in YHA Boggle Hole Robin Hoods Bay

YHA Boggle Hole, Robin Hood's Bay

Just back from the beach, in a cove once used by smugglers, this popular North Yorkshire hostel has a designated room for drying wet gear and a restaurant for hungry walkers who don’t feel like cooking at the end of the day. What makes it a classic for walkers is the location, right at the end – or the start – of the Coast to Coast Walk,  depending on which way you’re tackling Wainright’s much-loved route across the country. The Cleveland Way also passes by.
0845 371 9504,

The Lazy Toad, Brampford Speke, Devon
Now the Agricultural Inn

As seen in The Lazy Toad

The Agricutural Inn

The Exe Valley Way and Devon Heartland Way pass this picturesque village pub, which changed hands in 2019. It is no longer a hotel.  if you prefer to do your hiking with canine company in tow this is a handy spot to stop for a delicious bite. It’s also within striking distance of both Exmoor and Dartmoor.
 01392 841591, The Agricultural Inn.

Lakeside House, Keswick, Lake District

As seen in Lakeside House, Keswick

Lakeside House, Keswick

Behind its Victorian facade this Lake District hideaway is a small, modern hotel with 13 comfortable bedrooms, showers as fierce as a fellside downpour and a dedicated boot and clothes drying room. Unsurprisingly, given the location, it’s a hit with walkers, who use it as a base for some of the many local walks; you can do most of them from the door, including a hike up Skiddaw and several of the Miles Without Stiles routes for people with limited mobility.
 01768 772868,

The White Cliffs Hotel, St Margaret’s at Cliffe, Kent

The White Cliffs Hotel St Margarets at Cliffe

The White Cliffs Hotel, St Margaret’s at Cliffe

A drying room, a library of maps and guides, picnic lunches to order and route suggestions for the region’s relatively untrammelled footpaths have won this clapboard Kent hotel a Walkers Welcome award. Try some of the shorter walks, or try the lengthier paths that wind along this coastline, from the Saxon Shore Way to the North Downs Way. Afterwards, sit down to the hotel’s beer and food tasting menus – line-caught local mackerel with Time & Tide’s Calista IPA, perhaps, or rump steak with Smugglers Stout.
 01304 852229,

Bridges Hostel, Ratlinghope, Shropshire

As seen in Bridges Hostel, Ratlinghope, Shropshire

Bridges Hostel, Ratlinghope

A collaboration between the Youth Hostels Association (YHA) and the Ramblers has seen the creation of two walking routes for every YHA hostel in England and Wales (available via the Ramblers Routes route finder). Not that you’ll need much persuading to get walking at this back-to-basics Shropshire hostel. A former school, Bridges promises spectacular hikes on the Long Mynd straight from the door, including part of the Shropshire Way. Reward yourself with a pint of Three Tuns’ Clerics Cure and confit of duck at the neighbouring Bridges Pub.
 01588 650656,

Godolphin Arms, Marazion, Cornwall

As seen in Godolphin Arms, Marazion, Cornwall

Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Besides stupendous views of St Michael’s Mount, this small, Cornish hotel has one great selling point for walkers: a position overlooking the South West Coast Path. There’s no drying room but the hotel will happily tumble dry wet clothes, and warm damp boots in its laundry. Staff can recommend local luggage transfer companies, as well as arrange packed lunches. Following a renovation earlier this year its panoramic beachside restaurant makes an excellent goal for a day’s tramping.
01736 888510,

Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses, Yorkshire

As seen in Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses, Yorkshire

Scaife Hall Farm

The Yorkshire dales are well travelled by walkers but if you’re looking for more solitude, try the Six Dales Trail. This 38-mile trek tackles terrain better-known local routes don’t. Near the start it passes this homely self catering accommodation, Scaife Hall Farm Cottage, where you can set yourself up for the task ahead. 
01943 880354,

The White Hart Inn, Winchcombe, Cotswolds

As seen in he White Hart Inn, Winchcombe, Cotswolds

The White Hart Inn

Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, is handily placed for the Gloucestershire Way and Cotswold Way  as well as many shorter local walks. Little surprise, then, that it’s a Walkers Are Welcome town. The White Hart is a member of the scheme and, in addition to standard en suite bedrooms, it has three cheaper ramblers rooms with shared bathrooms. For dinner there’s an extensive sausage menu, as well as burgers, steaks and stews. Or head down the road to the stylish Lion Inn and refuel on beef carpaccio, cod loin or slow-cooked oxtail.
 01242 602359,

Baileygate, Castle Acre, Norfolk

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A useful pitstop on Norfolk’s ancient Peddars Way, this two-room B&B promises good beds, hot showers and Wi-Fi. Once the village doctor’s house, it now provides an overnight cure for footsore travellers. Luggage transfers can be arranged, as can simple hot suppers, and there’s an honesty bar if you fancy more than a cuppa. Or head up to the Ostrich Inn, overlooking the village green, for crackling fires, local beers and a dinner of pan-fried salmon or beef and ostrich ale casserole.
 01760 755673,

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