8 of the best pub walks in England

To the walker, beer, pubs and countryside go hand in hand, providing the essential ingredients for a lovely day's ramble. Having built up an appetite and parched throat, the sight of a welcoming country inn will quicken the steps of even the weariest of walking legs. Here we've rounded up some of our favourite pub walks to enjoy at any time of the year. From sandy Cornish beaches to the rolling dales of the North Pennines, treat yourself to a delicious Sunday roast and pint following an amble across some of England's most beautiful landscapes.


The New Forest

A vast network of woodland paths and tracks await you on the doorstep of the lovingly restored 17th-century Old Mill. One of the prettiest in the area connects Lymington to Beaulieu via a scenic stretch of the Solent Way, including a sheltered section along the banks of the Beaulieu River from Buckler's Hard. Elsewhere, there are oak and beech woodlands to explore, notably Bolderwood and the Rhinefield Walk, and vast acres of ancient heathland.

The pub to visit: The Old Mill, Lymington, Hampshire


The North Norfolk Coast

Wildlife-rich saltmarshes, candy-cane-coloured fishing boats and a cute round-towered stone church make the coastal walk between Brancaster and Burnham Deepdale an enjoyable outing at any time of the year. Take time to stop, close your eyes and listen - you might hear the hiss of wind in the long grass, the muted roar of distant waves or the plaintive call of nearby curlew. Along the way, pop into The White Horse for some of the best seafood in the area, including lobster, crab and chalk stream trout.

The pub to visit: The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk


The North Pennines

Described as 'England's Last Wilderness' by authors David Bellamy and Brendan Quayle, the North Pennines offers some of the most exhilarating walks in Britain - think 772 square miles of ravines, green dales, forest and high moorland. The peaceful Teesdale village of Romaldkirk, home to the creeper-covered Rose and Crown and 12th-century church of St Romald, sits amidst this unique landscape with endless surrounding trails - two favourites are the Teesdale Way and the Pennine Way.

The pub to visit: The Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk, County Durham


The Forest of Bowland

The Forest of Bowland is one of the loveliest sections of countryside in North West England. One circuit from The Inn at Whitewell, a gorgeous pub-with-rooms settled beside the River Hodder, explores the area's little-known limestone scenery, following farm tracks through the Hodder Valley and passing two ancient stepping stones across the river. High moorland, famous for its grouse shooting, rises to over 1,700 feet around you, and gradual ascents afford sweeping views over the valley to this wilder country beyond.

The pub to visit: The Inn at Whitewell, Whitewell, Lancashire


The Cornish Coast

One of the most beautiful circular walks on the dramatic Penwith Peninsula in West Cornwall begins at The Gurnard's Head pub in the twee hamlet of Treen and follows the coast path north to the unspoilt village of Zennor. Here you'll find the 12th-century Church of Saint Senara and the timeless Tinners Arms where D. H. Lawrence, author of Women in Love, drank when he lived nearby during the First World War. Another lovely route from Treen is to historic Bosigran Castle past Porthmeor Cove.⁣

The pub to visit: The Gurnard's Head, Zennor, Cornwall


The Shropshire Hills

Deep in the Shropshire Hills is the tiny village of Neenton, home to The Pheasant, a destination-dining pub-with-rooms - past hits include fresh Cornish mullet or in-season wild mushroom tagliatelle. 600 miles of byways and bridleways sit on the doorstep, threading their way across spectacular landscapes. Most ramblers head for the four dramatic ridges of Wenlock Edge, the Long Mynd or the Stiperstones. Just three miles from The Pheasant lies Brown Clee Hill, Shropshire's highest point with far-reaching views stretching from the Cotswolds to Snowdonia and the Peak District to the Brecon Beacons.

The pub to visit: The Pheasant, Neenton, Shropshire


The Wiltshire Downs

At the foot of The Beckford Arms, Wiltshire's cosiest place to bed down, numerous walks link picturesque villages and fine landscapes. One circuit passes through the Nadder Valley and Old Wardour Castle to Donhead St Andrew before returning to Swallowcliffe along a lofty chalk ridge with views south over Cranborne Chase and north towards Salisbury Plain - two other glorious areas to explore on foot.

The pub to visit: The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire


The Windrush Valley

In the Cotswolds, you're spoilt for choice with wondrous footpaths. One easy stroll starts at the door of The Swan Inn in the postcard-pretty village of Swinbrook, passing through the peaceful Windrush Valley and the charming town of Burford - famous for its antique shops - or to the petite medieval church of St Oswald. There are also a variety of longer trials including the Heart of England Way, the Wychwood Way, the Oxfordshire Way and, slightly further afield, the famous Cotswold Way.

The pub to visit: The Swan Inn, Swinbrook, Oxfordshire

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Last updated: 23.11.22