It's a tough life for writers of Country Walking magazine! Poor Jenny Walters had to scan the entire country sampling coffee, soup and cakes in the nation's best walker-friendly cafes.
But her tireless work has paid off because in this month's mag we have her definitive top 10 teashop walks in the land.
And LFTOers can download three of these walks here for free...
The first is...
The Bog Centre, Stiperstones, Shropshire
This Victorian Schoolhouse lies in a sensational location beneath the Stiperstones, a shattered quartzite ridge needling the clouds in a series of tors across the wilds of Shropshire. And it feels like heading back into school as you file in and sit down to tables where the placemats teach you local dialect. The slabs of cake are immense, good-value and delicious � and as the route starts and finishes here you get the chance to fuel up twice.
Open 10am-5pm, Wed-Sunday,
Contact www.bogcentre.co.uk, 01743 792484
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The second is...
Pen-y-Ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire
No list of walker-friendly cafes would be complete without the legendary Pen-y-Ghent. The Pennine Way trips past the door and it�s also the kicking off point for Yorkshire�s Three Peak challenge � to conquer Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent in under 12 hours. The hospitality is second to none, and they clock walkers out and in for the Three Peaks, making sure everyone returns safely. But don�t feel you have to climb all three, a yomp to the distinctive slab summit of Pen-y-Ghent is perfect for building a thirst for a pint of tea and a hunger for some currant-filled Chorley cakes.
Open 9am-5.30pm Mon, Wed-Fri (closed Tuesdays), 8am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun
Contact 01729 860333
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The third is...
Chesters Caf� by the River, Skelwith Bridge, Cumbria
Chesters is the kind of place where you push your nose up against the window and widen your eyes in disbelief at the towering confections in the cake display - from tiffin and gingerbread to toffee and apple cake. The surrounding scenery is equally scrumptious, and our favourite winter route leaves the icy fells to the mountaineers and eases along the Langdale Valleys and past beautiful Elterwater, where you can soothe the peak-ogling crick in your neck and watch the Langdale Pikes reflected in the water.
Open 10am-5pm, every day
Contact www.chesters-cafebytheriver.co.uk, 015394 32553
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|To find out which other muddy boot cafe walks made it into the top 10 buy the latest Country Walking magazine. The mag also includes a route to the 'walkers welcome' tea room we chose as the best of the lot!|