Long walks in the beautiful countryside before settling down for a hearty meal and a tipple in a historic pub has long been a staple of British culture. Holidays in the Lake District give you plenty of opportunities to enjoy just that.
The experts at The Reglar Collection have handpicked the best Lake District pub walks, ensuring you get the most of your time here.
Pub walks near Lake Windermere
The Mason’s Arms
The Masons Arms is an ancient inn set within the spectacular scenery of the Lake District. It’s perched on the side of a hill, giving you gorgeous views of the valley below. It’s also set close to Lake Windermere, where you can enjoy some incredible pub walks. Lake District walks from The Mason’s Arms include longer treks in the Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve, with its ancient woods and historic ruins. You can also walk along the Dales Way Long Distance Path to Lake Windermere. Here you can enjoy unspoilt countryside and views over the southern lakes before you reach them.
Back at the Mason’s Arms you’ll find some of the best pub food in the Lake District. The menu features mackerel pate and warm pork pies, traditional fish and chips, Cumbrian pork and Cumbrian beef burgers. The wine list features a small selection of carefully chosen bottles, which servers will helpfully recommend you pair with your meal. The Mason’s Arms is considered to be one of the best pubs in the Lake District.
The Lake District’s best pub walks
Kirkstile Inn walks
Kirkstile Inn is perfectly located for keen walkers, as well as those who simply want to enjoy the Lake District’s spectacular scenery and opportunities to enjoy it. The pub can be found in the Northern Lake District, with mountains and lakes both nearby. If you’re staying at the Kirkstile Inn, you may not even need to use your car, with over 10 beautiful Lake District walks to enjoy.
Crummock Water is within easy walking distance. Stroll along the water and take in the views from above as you climb the surrounding mountains. For one of the most iconic Lake District walks and views, take the three hour walk to Buttermere Lake. The clear, glassy water is surrounded by dramatic mountains and, apart from other visitors, you’ll find no trace of human civilisation here. In spring and summer you can enjoy the emerald green mountains and trees in full bloom, while the autumn brings gorgeous russet colours. Winter walks are ideal for the dramatic rocks and the chance to have the lake almost to yourself.
After a walk in the glorious landscapes surrounding the Inn, this rustic and cosy pub offers plenty of delicious meals. The lunch menu features local pork, a ploughman’s, sandwiches and steak and ale pie. For dinner you can enjoy slow roasted Lakeland lamb shank, Cumbrian fillet steak, Hake goujons and more. There’s a small selection of well selected wines to finish, along with locally crafted beers, ciders and ales, and a choice of gins from the local area as well.