The Lake District is home to both the tallest mountain and the largest lake in England. With rocky fells at higher altitudes, and ever-expanding moorlands at lower altitudes, it’s no wonder this national park is such a popular destination. Known by some as Lake Country, it’s a place that’s inspired outdoor adventurers for centuries, as well as beloved Lakeland writers such as Wainwright, Wordsworth, and the one and only Beatrix Potter. With running challenges like the Lakes 24 Peaks, and long-distance bikepacking routes such as the Lakeland 200, it goes without saying that the Lake District has something for everyone.
But what happens when you’ve finished your day’s activities, have exhausted your body, and are fed up with tinnies by your tent? Pub anyone? Pub indeed.
A pint with a view is easy to come by in Cumbria. Due to the varied topography of lakes, moorlands, and forests, you will be witness to a huge variety of wildlife no matter where you are. These include native oak trees, red squirrels, red deer, peregrine falcons, and the only resident golden eagle of England. So even when you need a little recovery time from hiking, walking, or meandering; you can still soak up what nature has to offer from the comfort of a Cumbrian beer garden.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered some advice from Lake District experts (and keen pub-goers) about some of the best pub walks you’ll find in this corner of England. This line-up has a pretty impressive history of adventuring. From fell-hopping, to high-altitude mountaineering; you’ll be sure to discover some great walks here.
“The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits.”
― Alfred Wainwright MBE, The Western Fells
Pubs: The Strands & Screes Inn; Wasdale Head Inn
Walk: Wastwater Screes; Great Gable
Recommended by: Alan Hinkes OBE, legendary mountaineer and Lake District outdoor activity expert
“The Strands & Screes Inns have excellent homemade meals including a superb steak pie, and locally sourced lamb. The Strands Inn even have their own brewery on-site. The Wastwater Screes walk is a must, though it can be arduous negotiating the boulders, rocks and rolling scree along the shorelines. Middle Fell (585m) is also nearby, as well as Scafell Pike (978m), England’s highest mountain, and the less popular Scafell (974m), England’s second highest peak.
“Wasdale Head Inn also boasts some great walks with fabulous views out to Great Gable. From the Inn, you can ascend this mountain, or traverse along to Sty Head Pass, Great End, and Scafell Pike. It’s supremely located in amongst some of the highest mountains England has to offer. “