What could be better than a scenic walk in the beautiful Lake District? A Lake District walk followed by delicious pub grub and a selection of local ales?! The Lakes has lots of pubs and inns in both remote and bustling locations, making a perfect refreshment stop on a long walk, or an ideal finishing point for lunch or an end-of-day meal. Here are some walking suggestions to get you started!
1. Muncaster Fell and King George IV Inn
Muncaster Fell is not just a walk but a steam adventure, taking in our favourite miniature railway! Starting in Ravenglass on the coast, you can take a 6 mile walk parallel to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway along Muncaster Fell, finishing at Eskdale Green Station. The King George IV Inn is just 300 yards away and has gorgeous views of the surrounding scenery. Once you're fully refreshed, you can head back to the station and take a fun and relaxing ride back on the train that's affectionately known locally as the La'al Ratty!
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2. A circuit of Buttermere to The Bridge Inn
Buttermere provides the ultimate pub walk! Take in a beautiful 4.5 mile circuit of this serene lake, which should take around two to three hours. This will give you plenty of time for little legs, or for multiple breaks to stop and soak up the beauty of your surroundings! The 100 foot-long Hassness Tunnel is a highlight of this walk: this man-made edifice was created in the rock for a wealthy mill owner in the 1880s, so that he could walk round the lake with the minimal amount of effort! Afterwards, return to Buttermere village to the Bridge Inn at The Bridge Hotel. Dogs are welcome in the Walkers bar (named after the inn's founder, not the many walkers who use it!) and on the outside patio, although not in the lounge bar.
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3. Elterwater and The Britannia Inn
One popular route, which begins in the village of Elterwater, takes in both Colwith Force and Skelwith Force, two beautiful waterfalls in the area that are well worth seeing, especially after rain. This 4.5-mile route then returns past the small lake of Elterwater and back to the village where you can find great food and speciality beers at The Britannia Inn. Sit outside in the summer, or cosy up by a warm fire in the winter!
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4. A circuit of Loweswater and The Kirkstile Inn
Take in mountains, ancient woodlands, hidden waterfalls and the lakeshore on a lovely circuit around Loweswater. The route around this western lake starts at Maggie's Bridge, a National Trust car park at the south east end of the water, and follows a wide path through fields until you get to the woods and continue your walk. See if you can find the beach with rope swings, cute bothy (not for public use), 'secret' waterfall, and bird hides! You can either walk to the edge of the woods, then turn back and retrace your footprints, or continue right round the lake (some road walking is required) and do a full loop. When you get back to the car park, The Kirkstile Inn is just a short distance further and is well known for its excellent food.
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5. Lowther Loop with The Punchbowl, Askham and The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge
For fascinating historic gems and spectacular views, the Lowther Loop is a go-to walk! Starting at Pooley Bridge on Ullswater, you'll head up Askham Fell where you can enjoy an exciting outlook over the lake and Helvellyn and also discover the Cockpit Stone Circle on the site of ancient trading routes. Continue on until you meet the River Lowther, following it through the Lowther Estate until you reach the spectacular castle ruins! You can take a break near here for a wander around the pretty village of Askham, and even enjoy a refresher at The Punchbowl Inn. Then continue the loop, back up Askham Fell and down into Pooley Bridge where you can find numerous pubs including The Crown Inn with its riverside garden and terrace.
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6. Scale Force and The Fish Inn, Buttermere
Scale Force is the tallest waterfall in the Lake District at 38 metres high and is best seen immediately after rain! A walk from the village of Buttermere and back, along the shores of Crummock Water, is around 5 miles long and should take about two hours. The ground can be boggy underfoot and the route unclear, so make sure you have a map! On your return, why not stop off at The Fish Inn, which is known for the story of Mary Robinson, the 'Maid of Buttermere', who lived and worked there. Mary married John Hatfield, who was actually an imposter and bigamist calling himself Colonel Hope - he was later hanged in Carlisle for forgery! The tale is told in Melvyn Bragg's novel The Maid of Buttermere.
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7. Easedale Tarn and Tweedies Bar, Grasmere
From the centre of Grasmere you can take a fabulous walk up to Easedale Tarn, a route which is about 5.5 miles in total, and completely takes you away from the world! On returning to the village, enjoy something to eat at Tweedies Bar, a CAMRA award winner with some of the best pub food in the area!
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8. Walla Crag above Derwentwater and the George Hotel, Keswick
If you're in Keswick and after a relatively easy (though steep in parts) fell walk that rewards you with amazing views, then Walla Crag is for you! From the Lakeside car park next to the Theatre by the Lake, the walk is just under 5.5 miles and passes through Cockshot Wood and Castlehead Wood to Castle Head, a fantastic viewpoint and believed to be the site of an Iron Age hill-fort. The route continues through Springs Wood before you head up to Walla Crag, which has incredible views across Derwentwater and beyond. You then descend towards the lakeshore before making your way back to your starting point. You'll be spoilt for choice for pubs in Keswick, which include the George Hotel, the town's oldest inn!
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9. Patterdale to Silver Point and the White Lion Inn
Ullswater has a distinctive and dramatic atmosphere, and is the second largest lake in the Lake District after Windermere. It was also walking amongst the daffodils on the shores of Ullswater that led to William Wordsworth writing his famous poem Daffodils! This 4-mile walk of moderate difficulty begins in the hamlet of Patterdale and takes a route through the buildings of Side Farm, then along the side of Place Fell to the viewpoint of Silver Point, which some say i one of the best views in the Lake District! You can return back to Patterdale on a parallel and rugged path passing disused quarries on the way, and then sit back and relax with a well-deserved meal at the White Lion Inn.
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Note for all walks: If you plan to try out any of the walks mentioned here, remember that these are summary descriptions only and that you should always get hold of a map and full route description before setting off. Remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and to take plenty of food and drinking water too - even if there is a delicious pub meal waiting for you at the other end!
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