There’s nothing better than a scenic walk in the Lake District right? Well how about a Lake District walk, followed by some tasty pub-grub and a fine selection of local ales on tap?
The Lakes is teeming with pubs and inns, surrounded by pleasant green walks and mountainous adventures. There are tons of walks in the Lake District with pubs a a finishing point. Here are some walking suggestions with pubs either en-route or at the end of the line, to get you started planning your perfect day out in the Lakes.
Buttermere and the Bridge Inn
Buttermere is the ultimate walk if you’re in the mood for a pint to finish your day off nicely! This beautiful four-and-a-half mile circuit takes you around the stunning Buttermere lake, and takes around three hours. Kids and big-kids alike will love exploring the stone tunnel you pass through, and wildlife spotting in this serene setting. Or how about a stop-off at Ayrshires Ice Cream parlour, where you can enjoy a great range of locally produced ice-creams on a sunny day.
Start and finish your journey in Buttermere village, finishing up at the Bridge Inn or the Fish Inn. Both pubs are well known for their fantastic pub-grub- perfect if you’re ending your walk at dinner time!
Lowswater and the Kirkstile Inn
This four-mile circuit of Loweswater is a firm favourite for walkers and pub-lunchers in the Lakes. Starting at ‘Maggie's Bridge’, at the National Trust car park at the southern end of Loweswater, continue through Holme Wood on the Western side of Loweswater, and back around along the B-road on the opposite shore. This is a quiet and relatively under-walked route, with much of the shoreline surrounded by trees. Although not quite on the route itself, the Kirkstile Inn is just a short distance away, at the other side of Lowswater village from the carpark.
Easedale Tarn and Tweedies Bar, Grasmere
This route five-and-a-half mile route from Grasmere Village is the perfect day hike with a rewarding finish. Easedale Tarn sits in a glacial corrie, situated in the upper valley of Easedale, and is over-looked by the dramatic Slapestone Edge and Tarn Crag (Easedale).
There are plenty of places to choose on returning to the village, but Tweedies Bar is a CAMRA award-winning pub with some of the best pub food in the area.
Helm Crag (Lion and lamb) and The Traveller’s Rest Pub, Grasmere
A popular and relatively easy fell-top walk starting from Grasmere Village. Helm Crag is most commonly known by its other name- The Lion and Lamb, because the rock formation on its peak appear from the valley bottom, to be a lion and a lamb lying side by side. This beautiful walk gives amazing views from the top on a clear day.
Finish-off this perfect family walk with a visit to the picturesque Traveller’s Rest, overlooking Helm Crag, just off the A591 outside of Grasmere. The food here never disappoints, and the ale selection is excellent.
Helvellyn and the King’s Head Pub
For those of you who want a bit more of a challenge, Helvellyn should be on your list, if it isn’t already. One of the most straight forward routes up Helvellyn starts and finishes from the A591 at Thirlmere. Guests at Dale Head Hall can walk out of our front door and complete this walk in a day; scaling the second-largest, and first most popular Lake District Peak.
Be down in time for a delicious dinner and some fabulous local ales at the King’s Head, just off the main road (A591), opposite us at Dale Head Hall- and our number 1 suggested place to eat in the Lakes!
For more daring Lake District trekkers, you can walk across to Thirlmere from Patterdale, and tackle the well-known ridge that is ‘Striding Edge’. Bring your gear, and stay with us at Dale Head Hall, before continuing your adventure across the Lakes.
Langstrath Beck and The Langstrath Country Inn
Down in the heart of Borrowdale, lives one of our favourite little walks of all time! Begin and end in the village of Stonethwaite. Cross the little bridge across Langstrath beck and continue along this peaceful valley-floor, crossing back over the beck again, just before the ascent to High Raise begins. Head down to the woods and rolling fields; through Stonethwaite campsite, to the Langstrath Country Inn.
Amazing food, amazing views and the best local ales- what more could you ask for of a day out in the Lakes?!
We’re full of great ideas for walks and days out here at Dale Head Hall.
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