Is there anything better? A long old stroll over crisp fields and through woodland, letting your four-legged pal off the lead to explore, all before bundling into a cosy pub with roaring fire and winter warmers on the menu. We can't think of much better...
Here's a round up of some of our favourite circular walks for winter days in East Anglia.
NINE STILE STRIDE
This 2.5 mile route around the sleepy Suffolk countryside takes you past Long Melford's Holy Trinity Church, easily one of the grandest in the county, and over sleepers and stiles. With stretching views across Stour Valley it's best explored on a clear morning and finished off with a treat from The Black Lion Lunch Menu.
WEEPING WILLOW WANDER
Set out on a short adventure over fields and through quaint village roads. This 1.5 mile route is ideal if you're staying in one of the pub's lodges and would like to take your four-legged friend for a morning walk. If you're looking for something a little longer, just take a short diversion to go and see the remains of Denham Castle.
INN TO INN
With miles of coastline and heath on your doorstep to explore, step out of the front door of either The Westleton Crown or The Ship and set off on an adventure amongst heather and gorse. Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, this five mile inn-to-inn walk takes you past RSPB Minsmere and along the low cliffs to the side of Greyfriars priory. And, to top if off? You can stop half way at one of the pubs for a refreshment before continuing the journey!
SEA VIEW SAUNTER
One of our longest walking routes at roughly two and a half hours is the Sew View Saunter. Leave The Buttlands and head straight for Wells harbour where you'll spot colourful fishing boats and the famous Sea Horse sculpture in the low tide. From here it is a mile to the sandy beach littered with pastel huts on stilts and small dunes as you get nearer to Holkham. You may choose to head the same way back and go for a paddle or you can stride along the Norfolk Coastal Path.
We'd recommend doing this on a Friday and tucking into The Globe's Norfolk Food Heroes menu on your return.
FUEL YOUR FEET
When picking up a walking map from the bar, be sure to check out our new winter menus; whether you're stopping by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there's sure to be something to fuel your expedition and keep your energy up!