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Britain’s finest winter walks (with a cosy pub at the end)

With vegetation low and trees leafless, winter is the perfect season for appreciating ancient earthworks. A good time, then, for this circuit from Clun to Bury Ditches. Dating from around 500 BC, with four rings of ramparts, it’s one of the country’s best-preserved Iron Age hill forts, and provides excellent views of the Shropshire Hills National Landscape – get your bearings at the topograph on the summit. The return leg skirts another hill fort and the edge of Radnor Wood, a surviving clump of the vast royal hunting forest that once cloaked the Clun Valley. Back in Clun itself, visit the ruined castle and the White Horse, a proper village pub with cosy guestrooms, creaky floorboards, a roaring fire, home-cooked food and local ales, some brewed on site. 

Get cosy: The White Horse (01588 671279; whitehorseclun.com) has double rooms from £90, including breakfast.

Harbottle and the Drake Stone

Route: Loop from Harbottle, Northumberland (find the route here)

Duration: 5 miles (8km), 2.5-3 hours