Our lovely friend Gemma recently discovered a new pub walk and shared her experience with us here:

After stumbling across an article entitled ‘10 perfect pub walks in the uncrowded alternative to the Cotswolds’ I decided it was worth exploring further.

The walks varied in length from 3 – 9 miles, but with two children in tow I decided on a 3.5 mile walk entitled ‘3 villages pub crawl’ – we could stop along the way for refreshments!

The walk started in the village of Skirmett (opposite The Frog Pub), you have to park along the side of the road as there isn’t anywhere to really park, and we set off following the Chiltern Way signs.  We walked up some pretty steep hills, through bluebell woods, passing dens built in the trees along the way, and down the other side into the village of Fingest.

Our first watering hole was The Chequers.  We sat in the garden (which was a good size) as we had taken the dog with us, and it was a sunny day.  The menu looked lovely, and they were lighting the pizza oven in the garden.  After some drinks and the boys playing on the swings and tyre we set off in the direction of Turville (famous from the Vicar of Dibley).

After more hills, woods, and fantastic views and we arrived at The Bull & Butcher, where we had lunch in the pub garden.  The only downside was that we had to wait 45 minutes for the food to arrive as it was quite a busy day.

The final leg of the walk took us a bit longer than planned, as there were a few Chiltern Way signposts showing different directions, and we initially took the wrong one – but we did get some even more amazing views from the top of the hill!

By the time we arrived back at The Frog, we were all pretty tired – we’d been out for about 5.5 hours, but it had been a really lovely walk and we even did some Geocaching along the way!