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There is nothing more rewarding after a day exploring the most picturesque Yorkshire countryside, than resting your feet and treating yourself to a local ale and some pub grub at one of Yorkshire’s finest watering holes…
Here are 6 of our favourite walks in Yorkshire with pubs:
Enjoy a 3 mile circular walk from the pretty village of Osmotherley and enjoy the expansive views, following along fields and woodland paths. Explore the village’s rich religious past with a medieval church and 18th century Methodist chapel, leading to the impressive ruins of Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens. Osmotherley is a noted walking centre – on the Cleveland Way and at the start of the Lyke Wake Walk, with no shortage of picturesque places to rest afterwards, including three pubs, with our favourite being a stop at The Golden Lion, for a Chicken Kiev and Timothy Taylors, whilst enjoying village views across the Market Cross. One of our finest pub walks in North Yorkshire.
Richmond is known as the ‘The Gateway to The Dales’ and recognised as one of Britain’s most beautiful market towns, with streets steeped in history. Explore the 11th Century castle, fine historic buildings, Richmond Falls and the ruins of Easby Abbey. There are a good choice of pubs and restaurants to choose from in Richmond’s large cobbled market place, however after a stroll around the castle walls, walk along the riverside, and past the iconic Richmond Castle, to recharge and reward yourself with a treat from one of our favourite local pubs, The Holly Hill Inn, serving a range of ales and wines as well as the famous Yorkshire tipple, a Black Sheep Brewery not to be missed during your trip to Yorkshire.
A good walking route to follow is in the footsteps of Richmond’s legendary disappearing drummer boy.
Tucked away in the village of Langthwaite in Arkengarthdale the CB Inn (or Charles Bathurst Inn, to give it its full name) is always a welcoming sight after a long day exploring the ridge of Fremington Edge with fantastic views over Swaledale and Arkengarthdale before dropping down into the bustling village of Reeth. The journey back is a gentler route down in the valley, following little Arkle Beck much of the way. Alternatively, start in Reeth and have the CB Inn as your lunch stop! The pub offers outdoor seating amongst the most picturesque surroundings as well as cosy log burning stoves for colder months, to enjoy over Sunday lunch.
A route of about 7.5 miles takes you along the banks of the River Cover to visit the beautiful ruins of Jervaulx Abbey, often covered in an array of wildflowers (and next to a great tea room!), and uphill to High Jervaulx Farm, where you can try the Brymor Ice Cream made onsite. The return route is through fields and woodland to drop back into East Witton, to enjoy a pit stop at The Blue Lion, which is a great spot for a drink or to try something from the vast (and upmarket) menu. The restaurant is a fairly formal affair, really for a smart dinner rather than dropping in at the end of a walk, however tables at the front are perfect to watch the world go by and in a grassy beer garden at the back mean it is also a lovely place to enjoy the sunshine.
Reeth is a picturesque village in the heart of Swaledale, with lots of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside to explore on this circular walk. Start at the village green in Reeth and take a track known as the Quaker Flags. It’ll lead you to the historic Quaker Foundation building, and take in the incredible views across the green fields as you head down into the valley bottom meadows. You’ll have to tackle a series of stiles and gates on your way to the tiny village of Healaugh. Follow the path that runs alongside the River Swale, all the way to Reeth Swing Bridge and take the path that bears left back into the village for a well-deserved pint. You’ve got three options, The King’s Arms, The Black Bull or The Buck. The Kings Arms is well worth a visit, with local ales and hearty pub grub, overlooking the village green.
Aysgarth Falls is not only a major natural landmark, it’s also home to one of the best pub walks in North Yorkshire. At just 2.2-miles long, you can start this 90-minute stroll by enjoying the beautiful scenery in the flower-covered Freeholders Wood before passing Bolton Castle, where the views across Lower Wensleydale will impress.
You’ll then reach St Joseph’s Wood where the sound of crashing water will tempt you through the trees and out to the Lower Falls. It’s the perfect place to pause and take it all in before you head upstream, towards the Middle Force observation area and onto the bridge that overlooks the High Falls, the most famous and dramatic part of Aysgarth Falls. You’ll end back at the National Park Centre where you have a choice for pubs. You can head North and up to The Wheatsheaf Inn, a rustic cottage-style watering hole where you can enjoy real ales and pub classics. Or head South to visit The Aysgarth Falls Hotel, a beautifully traditional Yorkshire pub where local beers and produce rule the roost.
In and Around Richmond
If you are staying in Richmond, and want to keep your ale trail local, then look no further! We have some suggestions as to where you could try out…
Located on a slight hill lies 29 Ale House & Gin Bar. You can’t miss this micro bar serving local gins & ales, where you can get a taste for the area while watching the world of Richmond pass you by.
As well as the Cask Ale, Craft Beer, Wine and extensive Gin selection, enjoy extras such as mouth-watering tapas or charcuterie sharing boards if there’s more than two of your group!
Find out all their latest offers and what’s on the bar on their Facebook page @frenchgate29
Head into the heart of Richmond to find The Kings Head Hotel on the North side of the cobbled marketplace. With a wide range of beers and wines, and a lunch and evening menu, make the most of the Sun with the outdoor decking overlooking Richmond’s Market Place and watch the busy market town life pass you by.
Catch up with friends and family at the bar!
To the top of the market place is the Bishop Blaize with music from the decades playing on different nights along with live acts. Knowledge has it as one of the oldest pubs in Richmond dating back over 500 years, across from the bar is a games room, challenge your friends and family to step up the competition at either a game of Darts or Pool.
With the Pooch?
With an abundance of beautiful walks and dog-friendly amenities, it makes North Yorkshire a dog-friendly holiday destination.
It’s easy to see why people are enticed by the wide choice of excellent dog-friendly pubs. There are certainly lots to try out. Then, where better to pop when you’ve built up a thirst from that lovely long walk. From the Moors to the Dales, Yorkshire seems to have it all because your canine friends are welcome.
Every man and his dog has seen the stunning Yorkshire scenery, so paired with a Holiday at Home luxury cottage, it is certainly the place for a dog-friendly holiday. Find some of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Yorkshire…
Muker is a wonderful location for walking. It prides itself on its scenery and traditional charm. The Farmers Arms in Muker is a lovely village pub nestled in Swaledale. With good food and plenty of local ales. After a walk in the Dales, an open fire will warm you up.
Masham is an attractive market town and two great dog-friendly pubs include:
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Wensleydale is in a great location for exploring some of the Yorkshire Dales best attractions. Asygarth Falls and Bolton Castle are less than 2 miles away. Illustrious guests who have visited include Alf Wight (aka James Herriott) and Greta Garbo after entertaining troops at Catterick. Dogs are welcome in the bar.
The Golden Lion in Osmotherley offers a cosy atmosphere, with candlelit tables, old pew benches and white stone walls. This is a popular and pretty unspoilt village in the North York Moors National Park. Families and dogs are welcome at all times. Even better, Paddock View cottage is just down the road…
The Durham Ox at Crayke is a 300-year old renowned Yorkshire gastropub with flagstone floors, oak panelling and roaring fires in winter. Dogs are welcome, and its location in the pretty village of Crayke, near Thirsk and York. Photo credit @thedurhamox, Instagram.
The Owl at Hawnby prides itself on its fresh local ingredients. The bar is cosy with roaring fires and serving real ales. There are two dining areas, one of which is dog friendly. It’s a great walking location, plus they own two other great pubs in Roecliffe and Barningham.
The Carpenters Arms at Felixkirk is an award-winning pub with a seasonal menu that is low in food miles. We can recommend their great drinks menu and Yorkshire puddings! The bar is dog friendly. Photo credit thecarpentersarmsfelixkirk.com
The Fox Hole at Piercebridge is a great gastropub mixing traditional features and contemporary décor. The village is worth exploring because of its two ancient Roman sites. Dogs are allowed, and dog beers are available!
The George and Dragon in Hudswell has won CAMRA National Pub of the Year. The village near Richmond sits just off the Coast to Coast Walk, and serves pub classics and excellent ales.
The Black Horse Inn at Kirkby Fleetham is a cosy inn and easy to access due to the nearby A1. The menu is wide, with great Friday fish and chips. Doggies are allowed in the bar.
The Rose & Crown in Romaldkirk has a Dog Hall of Fame. Nestled amidst the stunning countryside where the Durham and Yorkshire Dales meet in spectacular rural landscapes.
The Tan Hill Inn is famously on a lonely hill high in the Yorkshire Dales. A unique and historic inn dating back to the 17th century with exposed beams, stone-flagged floor, and welcoming fire. Four-legged friends are well-catered for.
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