A coastal view from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Festive cheer and beer along National Trails

21st December 2018

It’s the time of year to be merry, try something new and burn off the Christmas calories. Across England and Wales, the National Trails point the way for walkers to enjoy stunning countryside and sample good pubs along the way. Over social media in November 2018, the public told us there were a number of pubs worth a visit…..

Burn the calories walking the hills along the Pennine Way and end the day at the ‘Tan Hill Inn’ (www.tanhillinn.com) to enjoy the stars through the pub’s telescope whilst supping a beer. Two other pubs to try are ‘The Cumberland Inn’ at Alston (www.cumberlandalston.co.uk) and ‘The Stag Inn’ at Dufton (www.thestagdufton.co.uk).  

On a clear frosty day, take a walk along The Ridgeway to enjoy far-reaching views of the vales below and stop off at the unspoilt country pub ‘The Old Bell’ in Aldworth (https://thegoodpubguide.co.uk/pub/rg8+9se/bell) to warm yourself by the fire and tuck into home-made soup. For award-winning pubs, try ‘The Greyhound’ in Letcombe Regis (www.thegreyhoundletcombe.co.uk) and ‘The Miller of Mansfield’ in Goring-on-Thames (https://millerofmansfield.com). 

Along the river from The Miller of Mansfield, the Thames Path will bring you to ‘The Angel on the Bridge’ in Henley (www.theangelhenley.com) which has attracted recommendations recently from The Guardian. 

For those wanting a coastal rather than riverside walk, the Pembrokeshire Coast Pathbeckons. Seek out ‘The Sloop’ (http://sloop.co.uk/), built in 1743 in the pretty village of Porthgain and also try ‘Wiseman’s Bridge Inn’ (www.wisemansbridgeinn.co.uk). Another place worth discovering is the quiet beach at Druidstone and nearby ‘Druidstone Hotel’(http://druidstone.co.uk/). Walk routes taking in these pubs are available on the National Trail website.

Three pubs to try along the South West Coast Path are the 13th century coaching inn in Countisbury ‘The Blue Ball Inn’ (www.blueballinn.com), ‘The 5 Pilchards’ in the fishing village of Porthallow (www.thefivepilchards.co.uk) and ‘The Ship Inn’ in Noss Mayo (www.nossmayo.com). You can find descriptions for walking routes taking in these pubs as well as great coastal scenery (of course!), an Iron Age fort, waterfall and woodlands at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/day-walks

Walking routes are also available for good pubs along the Cotswold Way. You can find an Iron Age hillfort near ‘The Dog Inn’ in Old Sodbury (www.the-dog-inn.co.uk) and fine views from Dover’s Hill and Stinchcombe Hill which can be combined with stop offs at ‘The Noel Arms’ in Chipping Campden and ‘The Old Spot’ in Dursley, respectively (www.bespokehotels.com/noelarmshotel and www.oldspotinn.co.uk). Walk routes taking in these pubs are available on the National Trail website.

Another chalk trail worth a visit is the North Downs Way, especially convenient for nearby Londoners. ‘The Five Bells Inn’ at Brabourne offers a true taste of Kent (www.ramblinns.com/the-five-bells-brabourne). This pub serves locally sourced food and drink with a smile in a rustic rural setting. 

After a bracing winter walk from Burnham Overy Staithe to Holkham Beach on theNorfolk Coast Path, there’s no better way to warm up than sitting by the stove at The Hero (http://www.theheroburnhamovery.co.uk). Very dog friendly, this pub offers great food made with some of Norfolk’s finest local produce. If your festive walking schedule takes you inland along Peddars Way, a warm welcome always awaits at the King William IV, Sedgeford (http://www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk/).

Follow a perfect stroll on the Cleveland Way to Hayburn Wyke’s waterfall with a visit to the ‘Hayburn Wyke Inn’ (www.hayburnwykeinn.co.uk ).  There is also great food and walking to enjoy from ‘The Golden Lion’ (www.goldenlionosmotherley.co.uk) in Osmotherley whilst the ‘Cod & Lobster’ (www.codandlobster.co.uk ) has a perfect setting alongside Staithes harbour.

There are some classic walker friendly pubs along the Yorkshire Wolds Way to wind up after a hearty stroll.  The Cross Keys (www.thixendale.org.uk/info/Cross%20Keys) at Thixendale is a walker’s favourite, whilst many like to drop in at The Goodmanham Arms (www.goodmanhamarms.co.uk) , with it’s own microbrewery.  Not far off the trail there is also The Gnu Inn (www.gnuinn.co.uk) at North Newbald, where walkers are especially welcome.

With these tips, we hope you will want to get out on the Trails to discover great walks and pubs…..start 2019 with your walking shoes on!

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