Our top six pubs for walks
Our favourite pubs to plan a day around. These brilliant boozers have walks right from the door, with welcoming bars, comfy chairs and fine ales to dream of as you climb the hills. We choose six of our favourite below, but you can view our whole collection here.
The wilderness of the borders is yours to explore from this bright coaching inn. The sofa by the bigwood–burner waits to take the weight off weary legs and there are rooms upstairs if you really can’t go on. Proximity to Scotland means a healthy top shelf, for a warming dram after those chilly winter hikes.
You’re surrounded by the most remote countryside with hardly any cars and stunning views. Visit Hadrian’s Wall (17 miles) or Kielder Water (30 miles) for dark skies. Sip a dram back here in front of the crackling fire, or in the garden on balmy evenings.
To help you enjoy the lovely routes along the mere, The Swan runs Mooch with Barry the Poochwalks that lead you around the local scenery. There’s a lovely walk starting from the pub that takes you through country lanes and up Wirswall Hill. The walk is 1-2 hours in total, so you’ll certainly work up an appetite for lunch after.
Once back at the pub, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy wine from the pub’s own artisan producer in Bordeaux or a local pint in the book-lined bar.
Drive through woodland from Marlborough to arrive at a pretty village and this late 18th-century pub in the capable hands of a happy team. It’s the perfect place for a wander and a pint at any time of year, whether it’s breezing through the bluebells in Savernake Forest then playing boules in the garden, or strolling by the Kennet & Avon canal on a misty winter morning then curling up by the huge brick fireplace.
Great southwest ales await you either way.A pint of Butcombe or Otter perhaps, while the little ones explore the basket of toys and games. On Sundays, grab a Bloody Mary and await a tremendous roast.
This quirky, foodie pub has plenty of charm of its own, but is also lucky enough to be in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wind through the lovely Test Valley with its thatched cottages and fields to find The Crown standing like a beacon, emitting a homing signal to all those in need of sustenance.
A walk with the dog through classic green and pleasant England followed by a pint and something creative from the kitchen, is an experience of timeless joy. Owner Chef Dave cooks up ‘rustic neat’ dishes tuned to the seasons and locally sourced.
Right on the edge of Dartmoor, this rough stone pub with great food, a broad beer and wine selection and a laid-back feel is the perfect place to end a day on the trails.
If you’re feeling energetic, stomp the Drake’s Way, explore Cotehele and Buckland Abbey (both in throwing distance) or head to Burrator Reservoir for an easy-going walk winding through woodlands. Walkers need sustenance and this 18th-century pub delivers.
It’s quirky, homespun, utterly intoxicating and thrives on a mix of relaxed informality and colourful style. The timber-framed bar resembles the sitting room of a small hip country house, with sofas in front of a fire that burns on both sides and backgammon waiting to be played.
This is truly remarkable country and the pub provides maps and guidebooks as well as information on local walks. Westwards, you have the Brecon Beacons with its breathtaking views and waterfalls. The Black Mountains are nearby too, head here for history and a touch of vertigo.
Pub Walks Collection
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