Beautiful countryside walk near Bristol with ancient history and two cosy pubs

The walk is just short of five miles and includes two pub visits

As is often the case, the British weather can’t be predicted - and so having planned this attractive walk just outside Bristol, the heavens just had to open as we got out of the car with our walking boots on.

However, it’d take more than a strong wind and shower to deter us from this route which starts in a charming village judged to be among the best places to live in England by The Sunday Times.

Yes, we’re in a small car park in the centre of Chew Magna near to two of te village’s three pubs; The Pelican and The Bear & Swan (more on this one later).

Our route destination is the equally beautiful village of Stanton Drew, which is just over two miles away. There we will get a drink at The Druid’s Arms before turning back the way we came. And despite the miserable weather, it was worth it.

It starts by going through the grounds of St Andrew’s Church, walking past the village hall and turning right onto the Batch. The narrow road takes you up to Norton Lane, where you cross over and join a footpath which brings you to the B3130.

Take care while turning left onto the busy road before going almost immediately right onto Sandy Lane; a track which takes you all the way to Stanton Drew. At Stanton Drew turn right on the main village road and you’ll see the Druids Arms. Close by is also the stone circle. The third largest complex of prehistoric standing stones in England are worth a look.

After a drink and maybe food, turn back around and arrive back in Chew Magna for another drink at either The Pelican or The Bear & Swan.

Here are 15 pictures of the walk: