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6 UK cottages with country walks from the door

By Hannah Rogan

One of the big attractions of renting a cottage in the British countryside is the chance to head out on a long walk. Even better if the walk begins from your door. Here are six cottages available to rent this spring and summer with superb walking options directly on the doorstep.

Wildhaven Cottage - 30th April 2015

1. Circular walk in Brecon Beacons National Park

A six-mile round trip from Wildhaven Cottage takes you up along a quiet, single-track road, through the open, rolling countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Offering expansive views of the Black Mountain and Carreg Cennen Castle, this stage of the walk is a real showstopper, full of excellent photo opportunities,. The trail then winds down a hillside before taking you through farm land towards the village of Capel Gwynfe and back to the Cottage. Keep an eye out for wild ponies, red kites and buzzards.

Back Tor

2. Climb to Mam Tor in The Peak District

The owners of Back Tor Farm recommend this 6.5-mile route, which takes walkers up onto the Great Ridge and the ancient hill fort of Mam Tor with gorgeous views, fascinating geology and a history dating back to the Bronze Age. From the farm’s front gate it’s a short hike up and along to Mam Tor. The view stretches north over the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout (the start of the Pennine Way) and the Derwent Moors. The second part of the walk joins the Limestone Way down Cave Dale then after a reviving cup of tea in Castleton, it’s a two-mile walk home.

Hilltop

3. Conwy Falls in Snowdonia

A picturesque walk in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, this 3-4 hour circular walk from Hilltop Cottage cottage takes you to Conwy Falls and Fairy Glen, with the possibility of a short detour to visit the National Trust Welsh farmhouse, Ty Mawr Wybrnant. The woodland around is rich in wildlife (more than 30 varieties of birds have been spotted) and if you’re lucky you may even see a polecat, an otter, or (from August onwards) salmon trying to climb the falls. If you need refreshment, there is a dog-friendly café at Conwy Falls.

red kite

4. Red kites in the Wye Valley, Powys

A leisurely day walk, this round trip from Red Kite Barn in Powys takes in part of the Wye Valley Walk, and is a perfect mix of hill and river walking. The route follows the River Wye towards Newbridge on Wye, where you could divert a little and stop for refreshments. The New Inn here boasts three bars, a beer garden and good food before you head back across the fields. Keep an eye out for red kites along the way, as a red kite feeding centre isn’t far away.

BucklandCottage

5. All-day circuit on the Cotswold Way

Join the Cotswold Way right outside the front door of Buckland Cottage and make your way to Stanton, home to Stanton Court, a Grade II-listed Jacobean Manor House that dates back to the early 17th Century. The route then takes you on as far as Stanway before turning back towards Snowshill (with the Manor and a nice pub to visit, if time allows) and finally returning you to Buckland Cottage. At 15 miles, it is worth allowing a day for this walk.

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6. Panoramic views in Shropshire

You can head off walking in any direction from Redford Farm and enjoy panoramic country views. Meander along the ‘Postman Pat’ lanes on a circular walk or break it up with a combination of lanes and footpaths. Look out for deer and the rare-breed Ruby Red Devon cattle. Along the way you’ll find streams, great trees to climb, a church, a honey bee farm, and all sorts of wildlife. You can harvest from the hedgerows in autumn or enjoy the blossoming wild flowers in spring and summer.

All images courtesy of Sheepskin.

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