Congratulations to The Cock at Hemingford Grey in Cambridgeshire, it has just won the ‘Good Pub Guide’ pub of the year and it is located on one of my favourite cycle routes.
Well actually The Cock is one of several good pubs in this area and there are a number of local ViewRanger walks and rides where a pub could be an excellent start and finish.
The Knapwell-Elsworth walk goes by the highly rated The Poacher, in Elsworth which has a strong reputation for fish and does restaurant standard take-aways; whilst the the Knapwell-Lolworth-Boxworth walk (which also begins in the village of Knapwell) takes you past the Golden Ball in Boxworth.
The St Ives, Holywell loop passes the Old Ferry Boat at Holywell, which is right on the river and has a lovely beer garden. It is given a ‘worth a visit’ mention in the Good Pub Guide.
From the Fen Drayton Lakes circular you could walk down into the village and find the thatched Three Tuns, which is also Good Pub Guide approved. The building is interesting and so is the menu. The lakes have got more accessible recently for cyclists and walkers with the opening of the guided busway. This has bus stops at the lakes and a new cycle path. The RSPB reserve has some brilliant hides and there is nearly always something to see. This link to the RSPB page for Fen Drayton Lakes gives an indication of what birds you are likely to see and if anything particularly interesting has been seen recently. http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/f/fendraytonlakes/index.aspx
The previous winners of the pub of the year include 2012 Potting Shed, Crudwell (Wiltshire) 2011 Tempest Arms, Elslack (Yorkshire) 2010 Bell & Cross, Holy Cross (Worcestershire) and 2009 Golden Heart, Brimpsfield (Gloucestershire). It would be good to hear of recommendations for more routes near these pubs.
-- This is a guest blog post by ViewRanger user Rachel, who tells us about some of her favourite pub walks and cycle routes.