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10 best pub walks

GetOutside Champions • Walking • Apr 13, 2021 • 20 min read

There’s nothing like a hot toddy to warm the cockles after a chilly walk, or a mouth-watering pub Sunday roast at the end of a trail. Here's 10 of the best pubs walks bought to you by the OS GetOutside Champions, plus a guest entry from Visit Scotland.

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1. Pub walk: Clytha, Monmouthshire, Wales

Distance: 4.5 km / Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Clytha Riverside car park (grid ref: SO361085)

A gentle 4.5km walk along the River Usk, through woodland, meadows, past an ancient chapel, to a pub, and then up a hill to an 18th century folly. The walk is through National Trust land and follows footpaths and permitted paths. Its wonderful at anytime of year but especially in Spring when the bluebells out are. Its a lovely family friendly walk and great for dogs, although they'll need to be on leads through fields and where there is livestock.

The walk also takes in the award-winning Clytha Arms and is worth stopping there for a pint or a meal. Its a family owned pub which welcomes families and dogs. There's a big beer garden and loads of seating outside and a family play area. They boast real ales and home cooked food. Check out their daily specials board where fresh fish is always on offer.

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Phillipa Cherryson. Follow Phillipa on Instagram.

2. Pub walk: Brecon Beacons, Wales

Distance: 15.7 km / Time: 4 hours 30 mins

Difficulty: Moderate

Parking: Village car park (grid ref SO180239) or pub car park if eating/visiting

This is a lovely mountain walk, with two ascents that get the heart racing. But the views make it all worthwhile. From Mynydd Troed and Mynydd Llangorse you can look east to the Black Mountains across to Hay Bluff, and west across Llangorse Lake to the Central Beacons and Pen y Fan and on a clear day right over to the Carmarthen Fans. You'll be starting out on a quiet country lane before heading onto the open hillside and to a pass where a minor road crosses the hill. There you can follow the marked route on a steep climb up Mynydd Troed to its trig point and the views it enjoys, or if you are short on time or want to save energy, you can skip that loop and instead turn left up Cockitt Hill and onto Mynydd Llangorse. It makes the walk about half an hour shorter. Its one worth saving for a clear day as it really is all about the views.

The Farmers Arms Pub in Cwmdu is a community owned pub. In winter or on chilly days you'll find a cheerful fire in the grate and real ale on tap. They cook all their own food and their Sunday lunches are really popular (I love their roast beef and yorkshire puddings!) so its best to book.

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Phillipa Cherryson. Follow Phillipa on Instagram.

3. Pub walk: Sheffield, Peak District

Distance: 9 km / Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Parking: Grindleford Station/Fox Inn Pub

A lovely 9km circular route from Grindleford through Padley Gorge, up to Owler Tor with great views over Hathersage Moor. The route continues up to Higger Tor and drops back down past the famous Carl Wark Fort and into the Longshaw Estate with the option to pop into the lovely cosy Fox House Inn Pub for fish and chips lunch or hot chocolate! The route then finishes up with an well trodden easy path through the Longshaw Estate and back to Grindleford Station.

The route is generally well marked, but was very muddy and slightly boggy from the rain and snow when we did it! It's also dog friendly as long as the dog is on a lead. There is also the option to park at the Fox House Inn Pub (if you have a reservation and start and end the walk from there).

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Marie Cheng. Follow Marie on Instagram.

4. Pub walk: Lindisfarne, North East England

Distance: 5.5 km / Time: 1 hour 15 mins (each way)

Difficulty: Moderate

Parking: Seahouses 15-17, B1340, Seahouses

This walk begins in the seaside town of Seahouses and starts off along a tarmac coastal path which passes through the sand dunes, avoiding the cliffs and rock pools.

Please note, this 5km walk is only possible for wheelchair users who use an all terrain wheelchair that is suitable for the beach. It is important that you know the capabilities of your machine – please check manufacturers instructions. For the walk I used the TerrainHopper. Enjoy a Sunday Carvery at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, which is wheelchair accessible. Check out this short film of the walk.

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Debs North. Follow the Debs on Instagram.

5. Pub walk: Troutbeck, Lake District

Distance: 6.2 km / Time: 2 hrs

Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Roadside in Troutbeck or on the A592 at Jesus Church either roadside or in small car park on Green Gate.

This is an easy walk mainly on well marked lanes and paths taking in the Wainwright top of Baystones (Wansfell) that can be extended along the ridge to capture the stunning views over Windermere from Wansfell Pike. You might be lucky enough to get up close to some wild horses as well along the ridge! An easy descent from either summit brings you back in to the village of Troutbeck, where the curiously named Mortal Man Inn is situated. It's a cosy pub where the fire is always burning and that serves excellent food and ales to enjoy after an enjoyable morning or afternoon on the fells.

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Mike Evans. Follow Mike on Instagram.

6. Pub walk: Brandeston, Suffolk

Distance: 8.2 km / Time: 2 hrs

Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Brandeston Queen pub

A varied rambling loop walk through some of Suffolks best countryside, mixing woods, fields, and the upper course of the river Deben. Choose to stop for a drink and food at either of the Cretingham Bell or Brandeston Queen, two fantastic country pubs

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Chris Webster. Follow Chris on Instagram.

7. Pub walk: Wye Valley, Gloucestershire

Distance: 16.9km / Time: 4 hours 30 mins

Difficulty: Moderate

Parking: Symonds Yat

The Highmeadow Trail is an 11 mile circular forest walk with three fabulous pubs along the way so you can choose whether to have a fantastic meal during or after your walk. You could even do breakfast, lunch and dinner! Taking in the stunning Wye Valley, the walk will take you up and down the iconic Symonds Yat with a cheeky ferry ride across the river in season (check it’s open by calling The Saracens Head before, otherwise you can walk along to Biblins bridge and cross there).

Starting at Symonds Yat Rock you can buy superb locally made cake, then end at either Ye Olde Ferrie Inn (their Boar Burger is sensational, as is their Mac n Cheese for us veggies), or The Saracens Head, both popular places to eat so book ahead. The White Horse Inn is a great lunch break in Staunton, half way around the route.

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Eli Bishop. Follow Eli on Instagram.

8. Pub walk: Postbridge, Dartmoor

Distance: 6 km / Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Difficulty: Moderate

Parking: Roadside options near the pub (please use the car parks provided)

This 6km circular route takes you on a walk through time. Discover the Bronze Age settlement of Grimspound, explore the fascinating 18th and 19th Century remains of Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines, then relax at the atmospheric Warren House Inn in front of a fire that never goes out. As you walk watch out for mine shafts and notice the place names. It's all about the rabbits around here. Can you work out why?

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Fi Darby. Follow Fi on Instagram.

9. Pub walk: Hambledon, Hampshire

Distance: 10 km / Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Hambledon

A lovely 6 mile circular walk from the beautiful village of Hambledon which takes in the 'Cradle Of English Cricket'. The original English Cricket Headquarters is opposite the Bat & Ball Pub, a great place to stop for a well earned drink. Be sure to check out the memorial stone to the home of English Cricket. This is a relatively flat walk over mixed terrain. Involves gates and styles.

Recommended by OS GetOutside Champion Glyn Dodwell. Follow Glyn on Instagram.

10. Pub walk: Nairn and Culbin Forest, Scotland

Distance: 10 km / Time: 2-3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

The Wallace Bandstand, Nairn

Making a guest appearance, Visit Scotland have given us this great walk to feature for Scotland. Nairn is a lovely resort town on the Moray coast that is famous for its sandy beaches and tricky golf courses. This bracing walk takes you from the harbour, along past the dunes to the east of Nairn and through Culbin Forest. Along the way keep an eye out for the high cliffs across the water and rare red squirrels in the forest. Recommended pub on route: Bandstand Restaurant and Bar.

Recommended by Visit Scotland. Follow Visit Scotland on Instagram.

So enjoy those pub walks and take full advantage of the fact that you've earned that Sunday roast at the end!

Published: Apr 13, 2021 0

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