Beer You Go: Guide to the Best Beer Gardens in the Lake District

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Today’s Culture with Travel post is by H J Bullimore

With 16.4 million visitors to the Lake District every year, it’s certainly a great place to visit. And, beer lovers rejoice, the region has the highest concentration of small breweries in the UK. That means great views, amazing walks and a perfect pint!

But, with so many walks and pubs to choose from, how do you decide where to quench your thirst?

To help, Craig Manor have mapped out the best walking routes for those who are wanting to combine a picture-perfect walk with a pit stop at the pub.

Here are some of the best beer gardens in the Lakes, and the walks you could enjoy on the way:

Craig Manor, Windermere

Nestled in Bowness-on-Windermere, Craig Manor offers the perfect beer garden experience. With spectacular views, a family friendly atmosphere and a selection of food and drink, it is the perfect walkers base. Explore the area around the hotel before heading to the view point on Biskey Howe. Once the sunset is over, you can complete the loop and return back to Craig Manor for a celebratory drink.

The Bridge, Buttermere

With a four-and-a-half-mile circumference, Buttermere is the perfect lake to walk round in just a few hours. Even better, the walk starts and finishes at The Bridge which offers a great mix of pub grub and drinks with a breath-taking view of the area. This lesser known spot isn’t as busy as some other locations in the lakes but beware that half of the path closes from April to June for nesting Sandpipers.

The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge

For the advanced walker, Pooley Birdge to Aira Force is a must visit. Aira Force is probably the most famous waterfall in the Lake District and if at the end of this walk you have the energy to climb to the top, the views are spectacular.

The Crown Inn offers a great spot to enjoy the views as well and is a family friendly and dog friendly location, too.

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater
You can find another great beer garden at The Britannia Inn. It has a wide variety of local brews and great food, too. If you fancy a walk then use The Britannia Inn as your base and head out toward Crag Head. You’ll pass Elter Water before heading to Skelwith Bridge which offers a great view of the water fall.

The Outgate Inn, Ambleside
This walk is a little longer but the terrain is suitable for most walkers. Not only will you see great views and be rewarded with one of the best beer gardens in the Lakes, but you’ll also be able to take in two lakes and stop off at Wray Castle on the way.

Start by heading toward the Outgate Inn or toward Wray Castle, depending on the time of day. You can either have the beer garden as your end of walk reward or start with a pint and a more leisurely pace.

With so much choice, Craig Manor’s walking maps offer just a taste of the amazing places you could visit in the Lake District. Each map pinpoints the best pubs, photographic places of interest, and rates whether the walk is family or dog-friendly.

H J Bullimore is a content executive and writer from Newcastle, her work has been published in the Journal, Prima and in online creative writing journals. She writes about travel, lifestyle and reviews books in all genres. She is currently working on a crime novel set in the North East of England.

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