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6 Favourite pub walks in Lake District

Posted on 7th October 2017 by CE Team

Country Inns and scenic walks go hand in glove. When you’re staying in one of our Lake District cottages why not enjoy a pint in front of a roaring fire in a 16th century inn. There really is nothing like it to bring a smile to the face and a certain feeling of smug satisfaction at the end of a successful day. Whatever your outdoor activities in Lake District, you’re never far from a friendly pub welcome, and the chance to enjoy a pint of real ale and the best of local cuisine. From any one of our Lake District cottages, the nearby hostelry will be a mine of information about things to do in Lake District.

The King George IV Inn and Eskdale Green walk

From one of our Keswick cottages, the start of this walk is just an hour’s drive down the A66 and A595 to Ravenglass. A six-mile reasonably flat walk which follows the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, the walk takes in Muncaster Fell and finishes at Eskdale Green. Just a few hundred yards down the road sits the 15th century King George IV Inn. Dog-friendly, with local staff and locally sourced beers and produce makes this pub a favourite stop off for walkers, before riding back on the steam railway.

The Queen’s Head and Hawkshead walk

If you’re staying in one of our Windermere cottages, the start of the Latterbarrow walk is just 25 minutes drive by car on the A591 and B5286. A circular walk of some 4.5 miles it has some exceptional viewing points for a walk just 800ft above sea level. Starting and finishing at Hawkshead the highly popular Queen’s Head Inn is a 16th-century hostelry with a 4 star rating and AA awards for its excellent kitchen.

The Crown & Mitre and Bampton Grange walk, Penrith

Just an hour’s drive from one of our Windermere cottages is an easy 5 mile circular walk starting and ending in the little village of Bampton Grange. If your outdoor activities in Lake District include photography, an early morning or evening start will give you the chance to shoot badger, deer, otter and even red squirrel as you stroll riverside paths and farmers trails. Situated in the main street, the Crown & Mitre has for years been a gathering point for visitors from home and abroad.

The Bridge Hotel and Buttermere walk

A 30 minute drive from Keswick will get you to beautiful Buttermere village. This circular 4.5 mile walk will take you through Hassness Tunnel as you walk around the tranquil lake. Returning to Buttermere, the Bridge Inn, a part of the Bridge Hotel, welcomes walkers and their four legged friends for breakfast, snacks, a full evening meal, or just to enjoy a little banter and some liquid refreshment.

The Mortal Man and Troutbeck walk, Windermere

With high steep fells on either side, tackle the east side of the Troutbeck Valley as you begin this 5.5 mile walk. Once you’ve reached the tip, start your return following the tracks on the western side, to take you back to the picturesque village of Troutbeck. The popular 17th century Mortal Man Inn sits partway up the hill. If you’re visiting during spring or summer the panoramic views from the garden are exceptional.

The Kirkstile Inn and Loweswater walk

A 30 minute drive along the B5292 from our Keswick cottages will get you to tranquil Loweswater. This 4 mile quiet stroll starts at Maggie’s Bridge and spends much of its time following the line of the lake. A gentle, lesser known walk it will bring you back to Loweswater in around three hours. With a spectacular backdrop of the fells, the Kirkstile Inn has been providing walkers with food and drink since the 15th century.

Whenever you’re thinking of things to do in Lake District, call into your local pub, for the very best of local advice.