Five great hotels for a walking weekend in the UK

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A British walking weekend doesn’t have to mean rough sheets in a rustic bunkhouse. These hotels combine creature comforts with great locations for enjoying the countryside.

A Corner of Eden, Cumbria

At the end of a rough track in the Eden Valley, this 250-year-old farmhouse was derelict until 2005, when it was transformed into a four-bedroom boutique bolt-hole. There are open fires, good food, an honesty bar and great walks from the door.

Doubles from £130 (prices in this piece include breakfast); www.acornerofeden.co.uk

Gurnards Head, Cornwall

A cosy pub with award-winning food and smart bedrooms, plus a location right on the coast path in north Cornwall – what could be better for an autumn weekend? Pick room seven for the best view of the cliffs and pounding waves.

Doubles from £90; www.gurnardshead.co.uk

Ffynnon, Snowdonia

This restored Victorian rectory sits in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park, the perfect base camp for an ascent of Cader Idris. Afterwards, return to soak in a deep, free-standing bath.

Doubles from £125; www.ffynnontownhouse.com

The Master Builders, New Forest

In a picturesque village on the banks of the Beaulieu River, this gorgeous red-brick hotel was once the home of the shipwrights who built Nelson’s navy. There are numerous forest and waterside walks nearby.

Doubles from £130; www.themasterbuilders.co.uk

Ardnaiseig, Highlands

On a peninsula jutting out into Loch Awe (15 miles east of Oban), Ardnaiseig is a grand Scottish mansion, built in 1834 and now converted into a hotel that has won awards for being the most romantic in Scotland.

Doubles from £132; www.ardanaiseig.com

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