Summer feels like a lifetime ago and it’s still too early to make the most of the Christmas holidays – but that doesn’t mean you need to wait months until your next break.
In fact, autumn provides the perfect opportunity for idyllic staycations in the heart of the British countryside, where cosy retreats and picturesque walks await.
There’s nothing quite like a walking holiday to make the most of the crisp, fresh air and go exploring off the beaten path – and there are plenty of brilliant hotels and B&Bs which go the extra mile to make your break particularly special.
We’ve teamed up with GreatLittleBreaks.com to search out the best hotels offering that extra something; whether it’s providing packed lunches for your adventure or having your own private fire pit to make the most of the evenings too.
Check out our top picks of the 10 best autumn walking breaks you’ll want on your radar for a seasonal staycation…
1. Cosy walking break in the heart of rural Leicestershire
Tucked away in the heart of the countryside, the Brook Whipper Inn is a former coaching inn with plenty of original features from real log fires to snug armchairs.
Then of course there’s the surrounding countryside, including Rutland which is a stone’s throw away, where you can find plenty of walking trails, or paths that are ideal for ramblers.
Not to mention all the charming, quaint villages and pretty country lanes waiting to be explored.
- A packed lunch and walking information
- A comforting hot drink when you return
- A delicious three-course dinner on your first night
- A hearty full English breakfast each morning
- A late check out at 12pm
How much? Prices from £124.50pp for two nights’ stay. You can book the break here.
2. Spa retreat in Wiltshire
Tucked away in the heart of the breathtaking Cotswolds, Alexander House has everything you need for a relaxing break.
Think an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room for unwinding in after a long day of exploring – and there’s plenty to explore.
The surrounding landscape is filled with everything from ancient monuments to unique walking trails.
Discover mysterious stone circles before journeying past Silbury Hill then onto one of the largest and most impressive Neolithic chambered tombs in Britain.
- A mouthwatering three-course dinner in the hotel’s Tempus Restaurant
- A bottle of wine with your meal
- Full English breakfast the following morning
How much? Prices from £59.50 per person for an overnight stay. You can book the break here.
3. 13th century riverside retreat in Salisbury
Staying in the 4-star Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel, you’ll be in the heart of rural England on this scenic break.
Take a leisurely stroll along the charming Kennet and Avon Canal, or climb to the top of Cley Hill for breathtaking views of the landscape. Looking for a bit of a challenge? There are plenty of long distance trails a stone’s throw away, including Ridgeway.
Oh, and for a true piece of British heritage, you could even squeeze in a visit to Stonehenge which isn’t too far away.
- Packed lunch on one day to enjoy whilst exploring the great outdoors
- Dinner on both nights in the stylish Rivers Edge Restaurant
- Full English breakfast each morning
How much? Prices from £144 per person for two nights’ stay. You can book the break here.
4. Boutique-style break on the Anglesey Coastal Path
Hikers and ramblers will no doubt want to make the most of the scenic Anglesey Coastal Walk, where the walking trails offer spectacular views of Snowdonia.
Llandudno Bay Hotel makes for the ideal haven in which to relax and rejuvenate, before you head out beside the Menai Straits and uncover landmarks including the romantic Llanddwyn Island, home of Wales’ own female St. Valentine.
Make sure to stop by the lighthouse cove for truly amazing sea views too!
- Complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Room (subject to availability on arrival)
- A bottle of house wine in your room on arrival
- Local walking information available at the hotel
- A delicious full Welsh breakfast the following morning
- Luxury of a late check out at 12pm
How much? Prices from £77.50 per person for an overnight stay in a sea view room. You can book the break here.
5. Grade II listed hideaway to explore the Birling Gap walk
You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another world at the beautiful Pelham House, a beautiful 16th-century Grade II listed townhouse in the historic town of Lewes.
Then of course, its convenient location right by the unspoilt English coastline makes for a walking holiday unlike any other.
Explore the breathtaking scenery on the Birling Gap Walk which takes you through the South Downs Natonal Park.
Expect cliffside strolls, pretty coastal paths and seriously stunning views of the English Channel from the Belle Tout Lighthouse.
- A bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival
- Guaranteed upgrade to an Executive Room (worth £60pn)
- A delicious two-course dinner on your first night
- A full English breakfast served on both mornings
- A late check out
How much? Prices from £169.50 per person for two nights’ stay. You can book the break here.
6. Rambler’s paradise in Pembrokeshire
Staying at the Lamphey Court Hotel, a Georgian mansion, you’ll be treated to a spectacular location with secluded sandy beaches and coves just a short stroll away.
You’ll have 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to explore, but we suggest stopping off a the chocolate box village of Tenby to see the famous pastel-hued houses lining the beach front.
Then back at the hotel, pamper yourself; the Lamphey Court has everything you need including an infinity pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room and plenty of spa treatment rooms too!
- A three-course dinner on your first night
- Walking maps provided and a packed lunch on one day
- A refreshing soft drink on your return to the hotel
- Full Welsh breakfast each morning
How much? Prices from £181 per person for two nights’ stay. You can book the break here.
7. Cotswolds dining break
Head to the charming village of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, where the ancient inns and historic homes will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.
Stay in the cosy Noel Arms Hotel – and make sure to try one of Chef Indunil’s famous curries (They’re so good he currently holds the title of the Best Pub Curry Chef!).
Get outdoors and you’ll not only enjoy the delights of the quaint old wool merchant’s town, but the surrounding counties of Worcestershire and Warwickshire are less than an hour’s journey if you want to go exploring even further.
- Dinner both nights served with a bottle of house wine (£29pp per night allocation)
- A choice of either a packed lunch, or cream tea for lunch on both days
- Breakfast served on both mornings of your stay
How much? Prices from £173 per person for two nights’ stay. You can book the break here.
8. Countryside retreat and manor house stay in Stroud
The Stonehouse Court Hotel makes the perfect home-away-from-home to experience the peaceful countryside the Cotswolds have to offer.
Tucked away within six acres of stunning grounds overlooking the Stroud Water Canal and rolling green hills of the Stroud Valley, there are several hiking trails that lead directly into the landscape from the property.
Walk any length of the towpath between Eastington and Sapperton within a distance of 12 miles and you’re sure to experience peace and quiet away from the busy roads.
Not to mention there’s a wide array of walking locations nearby including the Tidal Monument, Wotton Under Edge, the Stroud Water Canal and even The Cotswold Way.
- A three-course evening meal on your first night
- Walking maps of the local area
- A hearty picnic lunch for your day out
- Hot drinks when you return to the hotel
- A full English breakfast on both mornings
How much? Prices from £122 per person for two nights’ stay. You can book the break here.
9. Luxurious Lake District escape
If you’re after a touch of extra luxury to your break, then the 4-star Storrs Hall is sure to fit the bill.
This elegant hotel offers spectacular views across Lake Windermere, and is right by plenty of the area’s walking trails, included the celebrated Dales Way.
There’s so much to explore but if you only visit one think, make it the breathtaking Wray Castle, a mock gothic castle on the lake’s shores.
- Full English breakfast
- Three-course dinner on your first night
- Packed lunch and walking maps for your ramble
How much? Prices from £224 per person for two nights’ stay. You can book the break here.
10. Luxury boathouse retreat in Cumbria
Fancy waking up to views of Lake Windermere from your very own private boathouse? Then this could be the break for you.
Think underfloor heating and a huge spa shower that becomes a steam room – not to mention your own terrace with a private hot tub and fire pit so you can make the most of the evenings too!
- A hot tub and fire pit on your own private terrace
- Mini afternoon tea awaiting on arrival in the boathouse
- Cosy bathrobes and full-sized Bath House toiletries made in nearby Sedburgh
- Hunter wellies lined up at the door – just in case
- Harris Tweed blankets for cooler evenings
- A full English breakfast served in the Storrs Hall restaurant
How much? Prices from £235 per person for an overnight stay in a luxurious boathouse. You can book the break here.