Best winter walker's pubs in Britain

After a bracing winter hike, there can be no better reward than a pint in a cosy pub. Here is our pick of the best five rambler's pubs for a winter warmer

1st September 2017
Old Nags Head, Edale, Derbyshire/ Getty, David Clapp

1. The Old Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale, Cumbria

Old Dungeon Ghyll by Bill Boaden
​The Old Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale/© Copyright Bill Boaden and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The fun atmosphere of this pub is sure to warm you up after a chilly day in Ambleside. The Hikers Bar  has long been the haunt of exhausted fell walkers and climbers, serving good beer, a range of scotch whisky’s, and wholesome, healthy food. They also hold live music nights.  

2. The Tors Inn, Belstone, Dartmoor

Tors Inn, Belstone, Dartmoor
​The Tors Inn, Belstone, Dartmoor/© Copyright Mike White and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

One of few remaining old fashioned village pubs, The Tors is central to the best walking to be found on Dartmoor. A CAMRA pub, it serves many locally brewed ales and a mighty whisky selection, and is surrounded by some of the most dramatic open moorland in Britain. 

3. The Old Nags Head, Edale, Derbyshire

Old Nags Head, Derbyshire
​The Old Nags Head, Edale, Derbyshire/© Copyright George Tod and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Built in 1577, the Old Nags Head sits at the start of the challenging Pennine Way, and there is plenty of great walking to be found in and around the area. The fires burn throughout winter, and to accompany the generously sized meals their rich and malty ‘1557’ ale is a winner.

4. Cwellyn Arms, Gwynedd, Wales

Cwellyn Arms, Gwynedd
​Cwellyn Arms, Gwynedd/© Copyright Eirian Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

For those exploring Snowdonia, this traditional Welsh pub sits at the foot of the areas great mountain. Amid such famed walking country, the Cwellyn Arms strives to provide just what tired ramblers need; great beers, simple, hearty food and log fires by which to warm cold and weary feet. 

 

5. The Royal Oak, Cardington, Church Stretton, Shropshire

Royal Oak, Cardington
​Royal Oak, Cardington, Shropshire/ © Copyright Philip Pankhurst and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Deep in the South Shropshire Hills, this gem is one of the oldest pubs in Shropshire to have been continually licensed. Offering fine real ales and local fare such as the famous ‘Fidget Pie’ of gammon and apples, the inglenook fireplace is a welcoming treat after a brisk country walk. 

6. Red Lion, Llanbedr, Monmouthshire 

Red Lion, Llanbedr
The Red Lion, Llanbedr, Black Mountains/  © Copyright andy dolman and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A hugely welcome and very cosy stone-built pub deep in a Black Mountains valley – the perfect target after a cold blow on the tops of some of the Brecon Beacons' least known ridges. Open fire, real ale, and home-cooked food. Make sure you leave muddy boots outside though.

 

 

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