The UK's top twelve walking pubs

Posted on 20/01/2017

We all have a preferred watering hole to relax in after a long day of walking, and here are 12 of the best as voted by ViewRanger explorers. Now to test them all out…


Tan Hill Inn, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dalestanhillinn.jpg

At 1,732 feet above sea level, the Tan Hill Inn is Britain’s highest public house. Enjoy the pub’s unique history and explore the Pennine Way straight from the front door.
Must try: the real ‘ales from the dales’ – some are brewed for them alone!


The Wainwright, Keswick

A relatively new pub, and one of only two in Keswick to be included in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for 2017. Warm up by the fire of this cosy boozer after a long walk around the surrounding Lakeland fells.
Must try: their fresh, homemade pies.


The Old Nags Head, Edaleoldnagsheadedale.png

Surrounded by some of the best walking routes in the Peak District – Britain’s oldest national park – this pub is certainly ‘muddy-boot friendly’. Look out for The Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge in September.
Must try: their very own ale, ‘The Nags 1577′.


The Old Forge, Knoydart

Fancy getting away from the crowds? Visit the remotest pub in mainland Britain! On the shores of Loch Nevis, The Old Forge is surrounded by mountains and forest, and the only way to visit is to embark upon an 18-mile hike or 7-mile ferry crossing.
Must try: their seafood – they have their own scallop diver!



The Ship Inn at Low Newton by-the-sea, Northumberland

Grab a pint of real ale from the pub’s very own microbrewery, and enjoy the moonlight views over the sea.
Must try: their crab sandwiches


The Lister Arms, Malham

If you have a serious passion for fellwalking and home-cooked food, this is the pub for you. With Malham Cove and Gordale Scar nearby, it’s a great place to relax after a memorable day in the Dales.
Must try: the pie of the day


strathmorearms.jpgThe Strathmore Arms, Upper Teesdale

After exploring the local hills, waterfalls and the River Tees – and a great stretch of the Pennine Way - make your way to The Strathmore Arms for a warm welcome.
Must try: their full English breakfast


The Wasdale Head Inn, Lake District

After hiking Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Yewbarrow (or maybe even all three), head down to the legendary Wasdale Head Inn – the ‘birthplace of climbing’ - for huge portions, old school puddings & beer.
Must try: the millionaire’s shortbread


traminn.jpgThe Tram Inn, Eardisley, Herefordshire

A family friendly pub with a traditional feel – explore the Black & White Trail through the surrounding Herefordshire villages then reward yourself with a hearty meal.
Must try: the local steak


Clachaig Inn, Glen Coe, Scotland.

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The award-winning Clachaig Inn is a must-visit. Nestled deep among the magnificent mountains of the Scottish Highlands, this pub has served travellers for over three hundred years!
Must try: live music on a Sunday evening


The Tanners Arms, Defynnog, Brecon Beacons

In the centre of the village of Defynnog is the welcoming Tanners Arms. Settle in by the roaring fire after a long day exploring the shapely peaks of the Beacons.
Must try: their variety of local real ales


cravenarms.jpgThe Craven Arms, Giggleswick, Yorkshire Dales

A fantastic, family friendly pub. The Craven Arms is found in the village of Giggleswick, near the picturesque town of Settle. Deb said it was her ‘favourite wheelchair accessible pub!’
Must try: their craft beer from the local Settle brewery


Have we missed your favourite mountain pub off the list? Let us know in the comments or on our Twitter and Facebook pages!

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