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Walkers Welcome

Places specifically set up for walkers tend to be located near to some of the best marked trails in the country.

Some have great yomps starting on their property, some can direct you to the local bus route, but all are run by owners with a passion for sharing their top tips. Contact the owners in advance for advice on the best routes and their recommendations for pubs and places to stop off on the way.

So grab your OS Map, your waterproofs and your stout walking boots and hit the ground running. Or walking at a more leisurely pace. You are on holiday, after all.

Yr Hen Stablau east exterior in the south of Snowdonia National Park

Yr Hen Stablau Self-Catering, Dyfi Valley, Wales, UK

Unfussy, renovated stables overlooking the peaceful Dyfi Valley woodland near Machynlleth. It has impressive eco credentials including solar energy, underfloor heating and woodburning stove. Dogs are welcome and it is wheelchair accessible.
from: £360 per week low season to £640 high season

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Merlin Farm Holiday Cottages, Cornwall, England

A collection of cool, contemporary cottages near the away-from-it-all beach at Mawgan Porth, last word in luxurious, eco-sensitive holiday accommodation. The views are of rolling hills but you can hear the crashing of the waves on the nearby beach.
6 cottages sleeping between 2-6

From £250 per week

Exterior of Mas Ardevol and solar panels in the hills above Porrera

Mas Ardèvol, Falset, Costa Daurada, Catalonia, Spain

Set in a beautiful spot outside Porrera, Mas Ardèvol has 5 spacious, elegantly decorated rooms, a natural swimming pool, and provides easy access to the Montsant mountains and the sundial route in Porrera. Specialises in traditional Priorat cuisine.
5: 2 double, 2 premium, 1 deluxe

Double room €92 per night; Premium room €120 per night; Deluxe room €140 per night. All prices include breakfast and extra beds for children

YHA Hathersage, Derbyshire, England

Plumb in the middle of pretty Hathersage with walking, cycling and climbing opportunities aplenty, this YHA is a great base for an activity holiday. There's a games room and books to borrow for rainy days, too. Chatsworth House is close by.
42 beds (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £17.50

Bradley Burn Cottages, North Pennies, England

Situated amidst the wild moors above Wolsingham, in an area of real rural beauty, these cosy holiday cottages sleep between two and six people. Fantastic for families or couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway. Also offers a caravan park.
4 cottages sleeping between 2 & 6; Numerous caravan pitches

6 bed cottage from £85-£180 per night; 2 bed cottage from £60-£80 per night; 2/3 bed cottage from £70-£85 per night

Worm's Head Hotel, Gower, Wales

A beautiful view over Rhossili Bay and every bedroom faces the sea.
17 doubles

Doubles from £86

YHA Lulworth Cove

YHA Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England

Nestled in the Dorset hillside, this seaside timber retreat is just a one-mile walk away from Lulworth Cove and the South West Coast Path, and is the perfect place for discovering Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the historic Lulworth Castle.
34 beds in total. Camping space for up to 12 people.

From £20 for a single dorm bed - up to £90 for a private family room sleeping up to 6 people.

The exterior Culdearn House, a lovely Victorian villa built in 1860

Culdearn House, Cairngorms, Scotland

Ideal for experiencing the wild wonders of the Cairngorms, this welcoming country house hotel is a favourite with many of its guests. The award-winning restaurant offers local delicacies and an impressive whisky selection from nearby distilleries.
6 rooms - 4 doubles, 1 twin, 1 single

Bed and breakfast from £65 per person.

YHA Youlgreave, Derbyshire, England

Originally built as a Co-op in 1887, YHA Youlgreave is a small but perfectly formed little hostel in the stunning White Peak region. Walking, cycling, watersports, and Chatsworth House within striking distance. Limestone gorges beg exploration.
42 beds/9 rooms (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £18.50

Rushbanks Farm Campsite, Dedham Vale, Essex

Just a short distance along the River Stour from the pretty 15th-century village of Nayland is Rushbanks, the only official campsite in Dedham Vale. It’s a peaceful, family-friendly site with simple facilities and is particularly good for boaters.
Campsite (no electric hook-ups)

£15 for one-man tent; £22 for 2 adults

Exterior view of The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory, Boduan, Wales

A grand Georgian manor house located in the heart of the scenic Llŷn Peninsula offering award-winning breakfasts, spectacular countryside views and beautifully decorated, comfortable bedrooms.
3 doubles

From £75 per night based on 2 people sharing

No. 43, Arnside and Silverdale, England

Winner of Visit England's Best Breakfast and 2011 Best B&B in England Awards, No. 43 provides a luxurious five star service 'without the stuffiness'. With glorious surrounding views of the lake district, it's a guaranteed treat both inside and out.
6: 2 suites/3 person rooms, 3 doubles, 1 double/twin

From £125

Wambrook Farm

Wambrook Farm, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Wambrook Farm is based around a listed mid 1800s farmhouse in a village on the Devon Somerset border. Complete with animals and hot tubs, an honesty shop and a lovely garden to explore or play badminton. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
Each tent sleeps 5-6

From £435 per week

The stony and rustic exterior of Cae'r Hendre, Llangynidr, Wales

Cae'r Hendre, Llangynidr, Wales

This simple and wholesome cottage generates its own electricity from a nearby spring. Spectacular hill walks and beautiful views are to be found straight from the doorstep.
2: 1 double

Prices from: £218

Old Blair Lodge, Atholl Estates Highland Lodges

Atholl Estates Highland Lodges, Cairngorms, Scotland

If you've always fancied playing laird of the estate, these historic lodges are perfect. Great for families or groups from 2 to 20, all have their own individual character. The beautiful, tranquil grounds offer lovely views and plenty of wildlife.
6 lodges sleeping between 2 and 20 people

From £495 per week

Baddegai Holiday Cottage from the front garden

Baddegai Holiday Cottage, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Recently refurbished, 4 large en-suite bedrooms that can be either doubles or twins. Surrounded by fields with views to Pen-y-fan. Direct access on to the Brecon Beacons. Wood burning stoves, oak pannelling, beams. Dogs & children welcome.
4 en suite bedrooms - can be twins or doubles - 3 superkings

From £675

Strumble Head Farmhouse

Strumble Head Farmhouse, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Star of the TV show 'A Pembrokeshire Farm', this lovely coastal farmhouse was renovated by Griff Rhys Jones to create a desirable getaway which charmingly combines traditional features with modern updates.
Sleeps 5: 1 master double, 1 twin, 1 single

From £419.00 7 nights up to:892.00 (based on two staying)

Green Cottages, Rodmersham Green, near Sittingbourne, Kent

Green Cottages, Kent Downs, England

Two 1860's restored homes, Old Post Cottage and Candy Cottage; cosy, self-catering and situated in the heart of the Kent village of Rodmersham Green, opposite the village pond, green and open countryside. The village pub and cafe are opposite.
Old Post: 1 double,1 bunk/twin. Candy: 1 double, 1 single

Old Post £380-£650 per week, Candy Cottage from £360-£620 per week. Short breaks min 2 nights available out of season/at short notice

The Green

The Green Cornwall, Cornwall, England

Luxury self catering cottages and house where history meets the finest contemporary style slap bang in the middle of Cornwall. A first class year-round holiday destination with its Cornish heart and soul still intact.
Sleeps 32 in total if all cottages and house booked.

from £125

Y Goeden Eirin, Snowdonia, Wales

With a beautiful mountain backdrop, be pampered in this homely B&B and delight in the breakfasts served by a Sunday Times Cook of the Year winner. Alternatively, you can get some added privacy and opt for the Beach Cottage, located a few miles away.
B&B has 3 rooms: 2 doubles, 1 twin. Beach cottage sleeps 5.

B&B: £90 per night (single occupancy £60). Cottage: £550 per week.

Wrostler's Barn, compost toilet and campfire.

Wrostler's Barn, Cumbria, UK

Beautiful, off-grid camping barn in ancient woodland, very close to Coniston Water. A fantastic eco-holiday retreat, remote and secluded but just a one minute walk through the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) woods to the lakeside.
There are two separate sleeping spaces, 12 single mattreses.

from £250

Machynlleth Farmhouse

Machynlleth Farmhouse, Mid Wales, Wales

This detached farmhouse is one of the most luxurious and best appointed. There is attention to detail, a sense of style, comfort and luxury. It can accommodate up to 9 people and is located in a wonderfully peaceful location near Snowdonia NP.
Sleeps 9: Master Double, 3 Doubles, Single

£645.00 to: £1370.00 (based on two staying)

Coed Cae, Snowdonia, Wales

Looking out over the beautiful Mawddach Estury, this rural B&B offers cosy accomodation, delicious food and an abundance of breathtaking walks nearby. Come for some rest and relaxation, or get active and hire one of their bikes.
3: 1 double, 1 twin & 1 family room (1 double & 2 singles)

From £75 per night

Brockloch bothy exterior view

Brockloch Bothy, Dumfries & Galloway

The Bothy, a luxury boutique cottage, complete with sincere eco-credentials including sheep wool insulation, earthborn paint, solar panels, is made entirely with sustainable timber, and recently featured on George Clarke's amazing spaces on Channel 4
1 double

from £350 for a Monday to Friday stay or £350 Friday to Monday stay

Ramsey Lodge exterior

Bluestone National Park Resort, Pembrokeshire, Wales

A luxury resort with a conscience, Bluestone National Park Resort is the place to come for a bit of eco-friendly relaxation and family fun. Pamper yourself in the spa, take the plunge in the water park or try one of many outdoor adventure activities.
1 Studio, 2 Cottages, 13 Lodges: sleeps from 2 to 14.
Cromer House Barn exterior

Cromer House Barn, County Durham, England

This converted 18th Century character barn is set in the bucolic village of Frosterley, within the beautiful Weardale. Situated directly on the North Pennines Wheels to the Wild cycling route, it’s ideal for couples with a love of cycling.
1 double

£270 for two nights

Chateau Terrace B&B kitchen

Chateau Terrace B&B, Wye Valley, Wales

Homely B&B in a Georgian townhouse with views of Chepstow Castle thrown in. Take breakfast on your own terrace, relax in your own living space.
1 double; 1 single.

Double £62; single £32.

Orchard Lodge Exterior

Orchard Lodge B&B, Cornwall, England

A 5 star bed & breakfast with gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, Orchard Lodge has en suite rooms, an open fire for winter, relaxing garden for summer. Within 10 minute's stroll from Boscastle's historic harbour and coastpath.
5: 3 doubles, 2 twins/doubles

£82-£94

Palace Farm Hostel with pretty flower boxes

Palace Farm Hostel & Campsite, Kent Downs, England

A family-run B&B, hostel and (quiet) campsite with tipis & yurts in a small quiet village in the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fantastic for relaxing, wildlife watching, cycling and walking in the beautiful surroundings.
1x 2, 1x4, 2x5, 1x6 and 1x8 person rooms

From £10 camping, £30 in the hostel

Our original fforest dome, luxury camping at its best

fforest camp, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

This is more like staying in a hotel than a tent... a hotel with woodland corridors and canvas rooms. No tv, no mini bar, no trouser press just bliss: sleeping, living and eating under canvas with beauty, birdsong and all the best bits about camping.
32 'rooms'; 13 doubles, 3 twins and 16 tents for 2 - 6

Prices from: £290

Higher Wescott Farm, Dartmoor, England

A cottage with the charm of the country and the panache of the hippest London interiors, Higher Wescott is a cosy yet chic hide-out beautifully situated in the remote north-east corner of the national park.
6: 4 large double bedrooms, 1 child's room, 1 loft room

From £700 per night.

Snowdonia Stone Barn

Snowdonia Stone Barn, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

This converted Welsh stone barn is the heart of Snowdonia and the landscape is picturesque. This location provides access to fantastic walking and mountain biking trails or you can just relax and enjoy this secluded environment and natural beauty.
Two, Master Double, Twin

From £419 - £892 per week

The Blue Cottage,

The Blue Cottage, Pembrokeshire National Park, Wales

This distinctive little blue cottage is picture perfect; set among its own beautifully maintained gardens, and framed by rosy apple trees, it looks like a scene from a children's book. A lovely place to spend some time away from it all!
1 master double

From £419.00 7 nights up to:£892.00 (based on two staying)

Stone Cottage, Wales

Stone Cottage, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Set amidst woodland close to the beautiful coastline of Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, Stone Cottage is beautifully restored in traditional West Wales style - a sustainable place to get away from it all in total comfort.
Sleeps 4: 1 double, 1 single with second pull-out bed

Prices from £327.00 to: £666.00 (based on two staying)

vintage fabric sofa

The Bungalow, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

A traditional 1960's holiday chalet. Located on a small site by the seaside at Bonchurch, near to the town of Ventnor. Self-catering and perfect for a quiet family break, close to the beach and the wonders of the Isle of Wight. Kitschy-Kitschy Coo!
1 double room, 1 single/twin room, one 2 x bunk room

Weekends from £160, midweek breaks from £145 and weekly bookings from £375- £765

devon yurt

Holyford Yurt, Devon, England

Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the beautiful Axe Valley in Devon, this family-friendly, lone yurt pitched in a smallholding offers homegrown fruit and veg, earth oven, solar showers and is close to beaches and nature reserves.
Yurt sleeps 5 double bed, bunk beds, futon. Extra tent space

From £150

Elmsted Court Farmhouse, Kent Downs, England

A working, family-run sheep and arable farm, Elmsted Court is set in pretty, rolling downland within easy reach of Ashford and near ancient Spong Wood which is managed by Kent Wildlife Trust - badgers, hare and deer can sometimes be seen.
2 doubles

Doubles from £80 B&B (from £50 for single occupancy)

Exterior view of an Ecodome

Ecodomes, Pwllheli, Wales

These Eden Project-like domes nestled on a small sheep farm near Snowdonia and Abersoch take the term 'glamping' to a new level. With wood-burning stoves and double beds inside, these futuristic tents are ideal for a luxurious family camping holiday.
3 Ecodomes

From £70 per night

Hiraeth exterior - wood clad, slate roof

Hiraeth, Wye Valley, Wales

At the top of the Wye Valley, Hiraeth B&B is wheelchair accessible and a lift is available for guests with limited mobility. There are also walking and cycle routes that begin at the front door.
2 doubles.

Doubles from £80.

The Willowfield

The Willowfield, Arnside and Silverdale, England

With uninterrupted views over the Helvellyn range, this family-run guesthouse is the perfect spot for a quiet retreat. It’s also close to Arnside Knott and the nature reserve Leighton Moss, respectively renown for having butterflies and birds galore.
11: 4 doubles, 3 twins, 3 family, 1 single

Double/twin rooms available from £87 and single room £49

Hawkshead

YHA Hawkshead, Cumbria, England

This family-friendly grade II listed Regency style building, in a glorious setting overlooking tranquil Esthwaite Water, is an ideal base for cheap family breaks, school trips and activity breaks. Great for walking and cycling.
106 beds in dorms and private rooms; 8 pods; cabin for 5

Dorms from £15

Slver Birch Lodge, built from untreated larch and reclaimed slate

Lodges at the Mains, Highlands, Scotland

Two 5 star luxury eco-lodges which combine green technology, spacious interiors and gorgeous views to provide relaxation and comfort in the tranquility of the private woodland setting, home to abundant wildlife.
Each lodge has 1 kingsize master bedroom

Per lodge:from £812

Broadgate Farm, Lancashire, England

This 4* B&B and caravan site is set in 300 acres of glorious farmland, managed by the Clark family who have been farming here for four generations since 1923. There are two spacious bedrooms available for B&B.
2: 1 double, 1 twin

£70; small dogs £10 per night

The complex of Crubenbeg highland holiday cottages, complete with red phone box.

Crubenbeg Highland Holiday Cottages, Cairngorms

With not one but three nearby mountain ranges to explore, as well as fishing, golf and pony trekking, it's a treat to come back and cosy up beside a crackling wood-burning stove. These modern cottages have great facilities and are very eco-friendly.
8 cottages - one, two or three bedrooms

1/2/3-bed cottages from £330/£360/£400 per week

Crashpad Lodges, Snowdonia, Wales

Crashpad Lodges, Snowdonia, Wales

Located right at the foot of Mount Snowdon, this bunkhouse is the perfect place to stay for those wanting to be right out in the wilderness. There are opportunities for hiking, climbing, cycling and canoeing right out of the door.
3: 6 beds in each room (bunkhouse sleeps 18)

Rooms are £100 per night (£16.66 per person), whole Bunkhouse is £300 per night.

Le Landemer, Normandy, France

A beautiful sea-facing hotel which had a total refurbishment in 2014. Just a short hop from Cherbourg, you've got 80km of wild coastline on your doorstep - a perfect spot for families, watersports enthusiasts and those after a bit of relaxation.
10 doubles

From €95 a night

Old Tavistock Railway Station, Dartmoor, England

Two luxury holiday cottages within the shell of a disused granite railway station offer possibly Devon’s most unusual accommodation. Perfect for couples or families, these beautiful cottages are stylish, comfortable and set in a stunning location.
2 Double Rooms; 2 Twin Rooms

From £450 for 4 people, 3 nights

Pembrokeshire Tin Cottage

Pembrokeshire Tin Cottage, Narberth, West Wales

A compact and cosy renovation of a traditional 1930s Pembrokeshire tin cottage, this unique destination is located right in the heart of the beautiful national park. Perfect for a couple, it is also suitable to stay in year round.
Master double

£308.00 to: £570.00 (based on two staying)

Slack House Farm exterior

Slack House Farm, North Pennines, England

Simple, clean and comfortable accommodation on this organic working farm in the North Pennines. Situated within the ‘Heart of Hadrian’s Wall’, this is an ideal location for lovers of walking, cycling, horse riding and pony trekking.
3: each sleeps 6-10, 5 and 3 people respectively

£15 per person per night

Whitehouse Barn Holiday Cottages, Peak District, UK

The perfect place to come back to after a day's exploration…These eco-chic cottages - Hen Cottage and Cloud Loft - are furnished and are maintained according to strict eco principles. B&B offered to self-guided walks customers.
1 double room per cottage

From £160 per 2 nights

Old Police Station, Corwen, North Wales

Come here not just for novelty of staying in a former Police Station, but to enjoy a characterful Grade-II listed thoroughly modern but cosy and unfussy property conveniently in the centre of Corwen. Quirky but brilliant. Great for groups.
1 house sleeping 8

From £700 per week. Short breaks available and occasionally B&B at £75 for a double