What’s better after a long day in nature than putting your feet up with good food, a good pint and beautiful scenery? Check out our list below for the best walks in a national park followed by a drink from one of our recommended pubs.
Dartmoor – Horse
This pub has received the good pub guide food award. Situated at the upper end of Dartmoor national park, ‘Horse’ is perfect for a dinner time visit after exploring the waterfalls, gorges and stone tors of the park. With a wide range of European dishes on the menu, from Italian to French, it is a great place to have a foodie adventure. Horse has friendly owners and frequent live entertainment this rustic establishment is one to visit.
South Downs – Old Drum
Holder of Good Pub Guide Beer, food and wine awards, this sweet pub, with seasonal food and local ales, is located fairly centrally in the park in a bustling but undemanding market town. After visiting the chalky landscapes of Greensand Ridge and the fresh water springs of the park, this is the place to unwind and discover the delight of peaceful countryside living.
Peak District – Yorkshire Bridge
Another holder of the Good Pub Guide Beer award. After exploring the White or Dark limestone peaks of the park with its meadows, dales and moorlands, give this pub a visit. Situated in the midst of the striking green slopes of the Peak District, near to the Lady Bower Reservoir dam, with a calm, cosy, genteel atmosphere and good pub grub, is perfect as a stop off treat after or in the middle of a long walk.
Pembrokeshire Coast – Swan
A recipient of the beer and wine award, enjoy a glass or a pint in this friendly little pub, looking out onto a nationally renowned stretch of beautiful coastline. Right along the Pembrokeshire Coast path it is easy to pop into on a long walk to see the stunning views of the limestone cliffs and golden sands of Britain’s only coastal national park.
North York Moors – Lion
A holder of both the Good Pub Guide beer and stay award, this first class pub is situated at the highest point of the park so it is a very popular spot. With gorgeous valley views and hearty food the historic pub is a great addition to a day out in the national park exploring the beautiful pine forests, heather moorland and coastal paths of Yorkshire.
Cairngorms- Old Bridge Inn
This hidden gem of a pub, at the edge of the national park, near Aviemore train station, with views of the nearby river, is perfect for a stop off before or after a wild adventure among the mountains and forests of the Highlands. This dog friendly pub has good local food and lovely staff, and is the perfect antidote for tired feet.