Visiting the Lake District? Here are the walks with the best beer gardens!

With 16.4 million visitors to the Lake District every year, the choice of places to visit can feel overwhelming.

To help guide you the Lake District hotel, Craig Manor have mapped out the perfect walking routes for those in search of a pint pick-me-up.

Windermere
One of the iconic lakes in the area, Windermere offers amazing views and easy terrain.

Start at Craig Manor itself and follow the circular footpath that leads to the view point at Biskey Howe. Finish your walk back at Craig Manor for a spot of lunch in the beer garden.

Buttermere
One of the hidden gems of the lakes, Buttermere is the perfect size to walk in just a few hours. Some of the terrain is trickier and the far side of the lake isn’t open from June to April because of nesting Sandpipers, but the views are well worth the effort.

Plus, The Bridge offers a great pint and relaxed lunch in its picturesque beer garden.

Pooley Bridge
The walk starts at The Crown Inn and heads up towards Watermillock Church before going down, along Ullswater and to Aira Force Waterfall. There is some more challenging terrain, but it’s definitely worth it.

For the confident walker, head back the way you came or grab a bus or lift back to The Crown Inn.

Elterwater
Starting on the Cumbria Way, this walk leads through wooded areas, along Elter Water itself and passes the Skelwith Force.

Looping back round to The Britannia Inn you can enjoy a leisurely lunch at this end of this 4.5-mile walk.

Ambleside
Starting at the inn, this walk is another circular route with plenty of fabulous views.

You’ll pass Wray Castle and circle Blelham Tarm before heading back to the Outgate Inn for a pint in the beer garden.

With so much choice, these maps highlight just a few of the best pubs for a pint pick-me-up when you’re exploring the Lake District.

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