Good food, good company, gorgeous surroundings and maybe even a little tipple or two; the combination of these things pretty much sings summer at us.
Britain is known and loved for many reasons, but we think one its biggest perks is the endless greenery waiting to be explored on a hot summer’s day - and how better to complement a walk in the countryside than with a relaxing stop in a quaint village pub.
Here are five of our favourites (we wanted to include more but there just isn’t enough space!)
For a decent walk that’s fairly easy on the legs, this 4.5 mile circuit route will never take you above 450ft so it’s a great option if you’re not keen on high places.
The pub itself is tiny in comparison to the impressive peaks of Pike O’Strickle and Bow Fell, but it’s perfect for a bit of pre-walk hydration before you set off into Mickleden and then return downstream above Great Langdale Beck.
Dungeon Ghyll Waterfall is also found in the area and there’s a separate walk you can do here – although it’s slightly higher at 1,500ft and requires a little scrambling to reach. From the top, you’ll get to look out over Lake Windermere and the village of Elterwater in the distance.
Whichever route you choose, once you’ve retired to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel you’ll benefit from a cool drink and a warm atmosphere. This pub was originally an old farm and inn so it has a few stories to tell!
Soak up the seaside beauty with a 2 mile ramble in Maidencombe. Taking around 60-80 minutes, it’s a good one for families and half of it runs through the surrounding woodland so nature lovers can really embrace the surroundings.
There’s also quite a few dedicated paths and tracks while the remaining distance is made up of lanes and roads. The route is easy to navigate as it begins and ends at the Thatched Tavern, treating you to welcoming company and great food when you’re done for the day.
Don’t forget to stop in at the pub’s award-winning gardens either, where you can continue admiring the local countryside while enjoying some well-deserved refreshments.
Scotland is famous for its stunning highlands and frequent pubs so why not combine the two?
Clachaig Inn is a welcome rest spot for those who have just taken on everyone’s favourite Munro peak - Bauchaille Etive Mor - and promises that you’ll always get served.
The inn dates back to the 16th Century and actually offers overnight accommodation, which means you can spend a bit longer exploring the local scenery. Considering it includes Clachaig Gully, Glencoe village and Bidean nam Bian we think it’s highly likely you will!
Rustic beams jutting out in all directions, a water wheel turning over slowly behind the bar and decks protruding out over the rapids and mill race – the Corn Mill pub is certainly unique.
Nestled along the Llangollen History Trail, this sensational location embraces the true spirit of Welsh countryside and local hospitality; offering visitors the chance to relax in truly spectacular surroundings that sooth the soul.
The walk, which enters North Wales Borderlands, is best taken at a slow pace and allows you tick several Welsh boxes: impressive views over the Dee valley, wild animals (including otters), and even the ruins of an old castle. What more could you want?
Build up an appetite on the coast with a 6.6 mile walk from Portrush to Bushmills in Northern Ireland.
Your end destination is the famous Bushmills distillery and nearby Bushmills Inn – home of good food, quiet drinks but a helping of lively Irish music on Saturday nights – though first you have plenty of scenery to enjoy with everything from beaches and cliffs to castles and railways.
First up is Whiterocks, a blue flag beach boasting everything from horse-riding to canoeing. As the Causeway Coast Way/Ulster Way passes along the beach you can also follow the tracks of the famous Giant’s Causeway.
The (now ruined) medieval Dunluce Castle provides a particular stunning backdrop as you continue on your journey and can even be visited by a bridge from the mainland.
Finally, the Bushmills railway gives history lovers a unique opportunity to go back in time. Although it offers a passenger service to the Causeway, you’re better off exploring this rugged landscape by foot before settling down in the Inn to round off your trip.
Find your new favourites
These are just a few of the great pub walks found in our beautiful country so why not get outside and find your own favourites?
Initiatives like Pub is the Hub are helping rural retreats get back into the heart of the community by helping them branch out into other services, and you can do your bit to support these venues by paying them a visit.
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Please remember, we all enjoy a bevvy but please drink responsibly!