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...
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.
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