Top 5 UK Walking Trails with Pubs for National Walking Month

Gillian Cooper
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We all know that walking is good for us, but when combined with fantastic local food and great company, it becomes a great day out too.
That's why the National Trust has put together some of their favourite walks, which include historic pubs on route (and we’ve added in an extra walk on behalf of the National Trust for Scotland). So wherever you are in the UK, here's all the inspiration you need to meet up with friends and stretch your legs, before stopping for a well-deserved rest at a local watering hole.

1. Gibside Parkland Walk
How long is the trail? 3.5 miles
About the trail: Enjoy miles of spectacular woodland, landscape garden and riverside walks with panoramic views across the Derwent Valley.
Where to stop for some pub grub: Gibside Pub, Rowlands Gill, Tyne & Wear Tucked away on an eighteenth century estate, Gibside Pub is surrounded by over 600 acres of beautiful woodland, gardens and historical buildings.

Interested in walking the Gibside Parkland Walk? Click here for more details.

2. Ash Landing and Claife Heights Windermere walk
How long is the walk? 7.5 mile circular route.
About the walk: This walk starts in the car park at Ash Landing which leads to Windermere's picturesque western shore, Claife Heights. Along the route all your efforts will be rewarded with fabulous views over the water and surrounding hills.
Where to stop for some pub grub: Tower Bank Arms, Near Sawrey, Cumbria Right next door to Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse, the Tower Bank Arms offers a cosy retreat after lakeside wanderings.

Interested in tackling the Ash Landing and Claife Heights Windermere walk? Click here for more details.

3. Riverside trail at Minnowburn
How long is the trail? 2.5 miles.
About the trail: Go deep into Northern Ireland's past with this unforgettable ramble that starts in Minnowburn. From here your walk will take you along the banks of the River Lagan and into the scenic Lagan Valley Regional Park. Definitely one for anyone with a passing interest in history, as this area was once the industrial heart of bustling Belfast.
Where to stop for some pub grub: The Crown Bar, Belfast Hidden in the streets of Belfast, the Crown Bar provides a wonderfully atmospheric setting with period gas lighting and cosy snugs.

Interested in walking the Riverside trail at Minnowburn? Click here for more details.

4. Lacock Riverside Walk
How long is the walk? 2 miles.
About the walk: This gentle ramble will take you around the beautiful medieval village of Lacock. It's a must-do if you want to see stunning views of traditional English countryside, combined with a peek at Lacock Abbey and the River Avon.
Where to stop for some pub grub: The George Inn, Lacock, Wiltshire The George Inn captures the spirit of old England, dating back to 1361. There’s lots to explore in Lacock, from the Abbey to riverside walks, and Roman Bath is not a million miles away either.

Interested in trying the Lacock Riverside Walk? Click here for more details.

5. Royal Mile
How long is the walk? Approximately one mile.
About the walk: Starting at Charlotte Square, situated at the heart of the Old Town, the world famous Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official residence in Scotland). There are a lot of hidden gems to explore on this historic road including the Scottish Parliament and St Giles' Cathedral.
Where to stop for some pub grub: The Devils Advocate, Edinburgh Tucked away down a narrow medieval close opposite St. Giles' Cathedral, this bar boasts an enormous terrace, a kitchen supplied by its allotment garden, and creative cocktails.

Interested in walking along the Royal Mile? Click here for more details.

You can find more great ideas for a day out on the National Trust’s website at

What’s your favourite walk and pub trail? Tell us in the comments below!

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