By now you have to have noticed – Britain comes alive in the summertime. Our stunning shores are home to a simply spectacular array of jaw-dropping views, whimsical wildlife, and fascinating historical landmarks. The problem is, another thing our shores do pretty well is cosy pubs, and perfectly poured pints of amazing ales. With so many incredible inns to explore, it can be hard to drag yourself outside, and head into the colourful countryside.
Well, at Snaptrip, we’ve found a solution. We’ve paired up some of Britain’s best walking routes with a wonderful watering hole nearby. That means you can explore our incredible countryside, work up an appetite, and then head inside for a well-deserved pint and a slap-up plate of great British nosh. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?
Best of all, our top pub picks are all owned by the National Trust, meaning each and every one is home to fascinating architecture, historic tales, and perfectly preserved olde English charm. If you see anywhere you like, why not make a trip of it by booking one of our stupendous holiday cottages nearby?
The George Inn, Lacock Riverside Walk
Best for: Olde English charm
Distance: Two miles, 40 minutes
Make sure you spot: Lacock Abbey
Nestled in the quaint county of Wiltshire, Lacock is one of Britain’s most picturesque villages. Its unspoiled architecture dates back over 800 years, and the whole parish exudes a magical air, that only centuries of rich and fascinating history can provide. Looping through the astounding areas most stunning sights, this gentle walking route offers up unbeatable views of the surrounding countryside.
Ideal for those looking for a casual stroll, it follows the banks of the beautiful River Avon, through the valley of Snaylesmeade, and past the unmissable Lacock Abbey. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, we recommend rewarding yourself with a trip to The George Inn. Dating back to 1361, this celebrated pub embodies the old-world spirit of the village. Not to mention its roaring open fireplace is perhaps the perfect place to enjoy a post-walk pint of real ale.
The King’s Head, Bradenham Trail
Best for: Wonderful wildflowers
Make sure you spot: War-time bunkers
Distance: Four and a half miles, two hours
The Chilterns countryside, one of England’s well-deserved Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is brimming with wonderful walking routes, and taking a stroll through any one of them is sure to be a magical experience. We recommend going for the Bradenham beech woods and bunkers trail. This simply stunning saunter offers up a classically Chiltern blend of gently rolling valleys, tree-topped hills, and fantastic fields, sprinkled with wildflowers and utterly English charm. Keep your eyes peeled, and you’ll even catch glimpses of war-time bunkers, scattered across the route.
Afterwards, head up toward Aylesbury and into the heart of the historic market town. There you’ll find the King’s Head, one of England’s best-preserved and to be honest, downright best, coaching inns. Founded as far back as 1455, this iconic pub is full of fascinating architectural features, including stunning stained-glass windows, exposed wattle and daub and the original stabling for the inn. What’s more, they serve some of the best pub grub and ravishing real ales around. What more do you need?
The Fleece Inn, The Cotswolds Way National Trail
Best for: Magical photo opportunities
Make sure you spot: Beautiful British birdlife
Distance: It’s up to you!
Unravelling down another of England’s exceptional Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswold’s Way is one of our country’s most magical walking routes. Full of fresh country air, the sweet hum of British birds, and plush, tree-topped hills rolling out beyond the horizon, it’s like stepping inside a picture postcard paradise.
At 100 miles long, and journeying through countless villages and historic sites, we don’t expect you to walk it end to end. Instead, we recommend strolling inside until your stomach starts to rumble, and then heading to The Fleece Inn. This beautiful pub sits a stone’s throw from the north of the trail and was built as a farmhouse in the 15th-century, before being transformed into a brilliant bar in 1848. Since then, it’s been a hub of the community, attracting tourists and locals alike. Not to mention, it won the Good Pub Guide’s Country Pub of the year and Visit Tourism England’s Pub of the Year 2016.
Gibside Pub, The Gibside Wonders of Nature Trail
Best for: Seeing nature and work
Make sure you spot: Seasonal wildlife
Distance: Five and a half miles, three hours
Escape the bustle of the modern world and immerse yourself in this spectacular garden paradise. Created by one of the richest men in Georgian England, George Bowes, this tranquil stretch of land is steeped in all the class, grandeur and natural splendour that 18th-century money could buy. While a relatively challenging walking route, the trail we recommend is well worth the effort. Designed to let you see wildlife at work, you’ll tour woodlands, meadows, wetlands and riverbanks, losing your stress in the beauty of the British countryside.
Once you’re done, you’re sure to require some refreshment, but luckily you won’t have to travel far. Gibside Pub, the garden’s own wonderful watering hole, is tucked inside the 600 acres of stunning scenery. The pub is home to mouthwatering made-to-order stone-baked pizza, and an astounding selection of local ales sourced from the nearby Wylam Brewery.
Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen Walk
Best for: Simply stunning views
Make sure you spot: Snowdonia in the distance
Distance: Two and a half miles, two hours
Welcome to the tiny coastal settlement of Porthdinllaen, an old fishing village perched upon a thin ribbon of unspoilt land, stretching into the Irish Sea. This simple walking route takes you on a tour of one of Britain’s most fascinating community’s, home to barely two dozen buildings. You’ll be treated to stunning views in all directions, as well as a chance to spot an incredible array of local wildlife, which flock to this serene splinter of land for the peace and quiet.
Once you’re done, we urge you to head to Ty Coch Inn, a cosy pub that sits in the centre of this quaint location. While loads of pubs say their one of the best in the world, very few have proof on paper. But this stunning shoreside spot was officially named one of the ten best beach bars on the planet! And we can certainly see why. While its setting may be modest, the views it offers undoubtedly aren’t. Patrons enjoy their pints while gazing out across one of the most stunning sights in Wales, over the ocean and across to Yr Eifl and Snowdonia.