To celebrate National Walking Month, Inapub put together a collection of the best locations in the UK to go on a pub-orientated walk.

Dungeness, Kent

 

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A truly unique walk along a barren, flat landscape, taking in one of the UK's top artistic tourist attractions. Begin at Dungeness station and walk along to the 'only pub in a desert' in the UK - the Britannia Inn. The route back along the coast towards Dymchurch takes you past Prospect Cottage, a former fisherman's cottage once owned by filmmaker and artist Derek Jarman.

 

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It is rumoured Jarman decided to purchase the cottage at the Pilot Inn, which is just down the road, and which he claimed had the best fish and chips in England. You can then continue the journey to Dymchurch, stopping at seafront pubs like the Ocean Inn, and head further down the coast to Hythe, with a final pit stop at the White Hart, a red brick pub in the town centre dating back to the 14th century.

 

The Lake District

 

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The number of choices for walking trips is limitless with Wainwright's guides and other more recent books offering numerous opportunities to take in the wonder of the Lakes. But where to wet your whistle during the great hikes?

One of the best pubs for experiencing the beautiful Lake District views - direct from a beer garden - is the Mortal Man, which overlooks the Troutbeck valley.

Another option, and perhaps one for those with a penchant for craft beers, is the Strand Inn located near to Nether Wasdale. Built in the early 1800s, the pub has its own micro-brewery and overlooks the crags, and walking down to the pub takes pub-goers past some fantastic nearby views.

 

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South Hams, Devon

 

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The SIBA award winning The Cove, featured last month in Inapub, is a great place to either begin or end a magnificent, cliff top walk around the South Hams area of Devon. The route along the South West Coast Path can take you towards Salcombe, where the Ferry Inn has been described as being 'the best located pub in all of the UK', sitting adjacent to the Salcombe Landing and at the opening of the harbour.

 

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As ever in the UK, such walks are weather dependant. If the rain takes hold, walking south from The Cove towards Plymouth is another opportunity, where you can check out a great collection of historic inns and pubs in the town centre, including Beryl Cook's local, The Dolphin Inn, which features in many of her paintings.


The Peak District

 

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Another British national park offers excellent opportunities for walks that start, end, and include pit-stops at pubs. The George in Alstonefield, Dovedale, is a great place to start or end a walk and is in the most popular part of the Peaks with the infamous 'stepping stones' section.

Another option is to take in Jacob's Ladder and parts of the Pennines Way. This includes trips to-and-from the Old Hall Inn, Chinley.

 

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Hay on Wye/The Black Mountains

 

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There are a number of pubs to start out on walking trips from Hay on Wye, such as the Baskerville Arms, from which you can head out in all directions to explore the magnificence of the Breacon Beacons.

One option is to head south towards Crickhowell, where you could stop off at the aptly named Dragon Inn, and then head on further south through the Brecon Beacons national park to its edge at Abergavenny – the so-called 'gateway to Wales - where you can rest up at the Kings Arms Hotel.

 

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The Cairngorms

 

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The vast expanses of Scotland's Highlands and mountainous areas makes reasonable pub orientated walks challenging, but there are plenty of opportunities to begin walks at fantastic pubs.

On the banks of the river Spey, the Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, is a great place to start. Serving up brews from Cairngorms Brewery and with a menu of locally-sourced produce.

If you want to go to the 'home of Scottish mountaineering' then a trip to the Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, is something of an institution and a great place to feel inspired to begin a walk through the wilderness.

 

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