Nestled beneath the Cotswold Escarpment, we are so lucky to be located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walks around Ilmington are beautiful and varied, taking in the village itself with its Norman church and Manor House, and the local countryside with far-reaching spectacular views from Larkstoke Hill.
We have put together directions for four favourite walking routes that start and end, conveniently (!) at our 400-year-old pub. They range from 2.5 miles to 6 miles, and we also have directions for a 1.2km ‘Walk on Wheels’, devised by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, accessible for wheel chair and buggy users, that winds its way through the village lanes and illustrates Ilmington’s apple heritage.
If you’d like to find more walks in the area, a lovely guide book ’20 Walks in Shipston Country’, produced by our local charity Shipston Home Nursing, is available at the pub for £6. Those wanting a good map should head for OS Explorer 205, Map of Stratford-upon-Avon & Evesham.
We wouldn’t of course expect you to take all this exercise without sustenance! Our Weekday Walkers’ Special includes a lovely bowl of our homemade soup of the day, choice of sandwich, shortbread to take away, and a big welcome to you and any canine companions you might have who are welcome to join you in the bar and the garden. We’ll send you off with your water bottles refilled, your flasks recharged with tea or coffee, some shortbread for you, and a handful of dog biscuits for hungry woofs. Our Weekday Walkers’ Special is available Monday to Friday for £9.50.
Lunch is served between noon and 2.30pm, but we’re open 11am to 11pm on weekdays, so there’s always somewhere to warm up or cool down, and refresh yourself with hot and cold drinks before you set off, and on your return.
Do give us a call to book on 01608 682226, or if you find yourself in the area, take a chance and drop in.
We look forward to welcoming you.
The Howard Arms Team