Walking routes in the South West with a cosy café

Whether you’re looking for fuel to kick-start a chilly ramble on the coast, or are returning from a gentle stroll in the woods, you’ll find these cafés and tea-rooms are great places to warm up and enjoy a treat or two. What's more, every visit you make and piece of cake you buy helps us carry on looking after special places for everyone to enjoy.

People relaxing in Lanhydrock Park Cafe
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Park Café, Lanhydrock, Cornwall 

Lanhydrock reaches its best in the autumn and winter, with scarlet acers and yellow tulip trees lighting up the estate. There are all sorts of trails through the 900 acres of woodland including one that runs down to the River Fowey where you’ll find the Park Café conveniently located for a pre- or post-walk bite of homemade food made from ingredients sourced locally.

A view of Boscastle harbour
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Boscastle shop, café and visitor centre, Cornwall  

Just a few metres from the coast path, you'll find shopping and refreshment available all year round at Boscastle. You can relax in the café (which is only closed on Christmas day) after a wintry coastal or valley walk.

Warm up with a hot drink and a slice of cake after exploring Saltram
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Saltram Park Café, Devon  

Just a few miles from Plymouth, there are acres of footpaths, ideal for escaping the busy city. After your walk, head to the Park Café, open all year.

Settle down next to the woodburner for a bite to eat at Killerton, Devon
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Killerton Stable Coffee Shop, Devon  

Here is a two mile dog-friendly walking trail that reveals much of Killerton's wider parkland. The Plains feature veteran trees, open spaces, wildlife and breathtaking views that are often missed, and starts and finishes at the Stables Coffee Shop.

The Gothic Cottage at Stourhead in autumn
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Tea-room, Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Famous for its autumn colours, Stourhead is home to Britain’s largest collection of Japanese Maples. As the leaves fall from the trees, the views in this picturesque garden open up. Walkers can enjoy a pit-stop at the visitor café which serves fresh, home-cooked food and has been awarded a silver Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association.

A view from the Holly Walk at Tyntesfield in November
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Tyntesfield Home Farm visitor centre, North Somerset 

Once you've been on a gentle-one mile walk around the Victorian Country Estate, head to the Home Farm visitor cetnre, offering year-round homemade dishes with local ingredients for an ideal autumn or winter's day out.

Corfe Castle in the mist
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Corfe Castle, Dorset 

Dominated by the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle on the skyline, this easy walk is the perfect for the whole family. Fans of Enid Blyton can imagine that they’re exploring Kirrin Castle, for which Corfe is thought to have been the inspiration. Follow the trail out of the village and see if you can imagine 18th-century smugglers hauling contraband across Corfe Common on their way from the Purbeck coast to London. Afterwards, head to one of the village pubs for a rest and some festive refreshment.

Children running along the sand dunes trail at Studland Beach, Dorset

Studland Beach sand dunes trail

A family-friendly marked circular trail through the dunes. Look out for the seahorse sculpture, great sea views and wildlife along the way.