Walking is thirsty work – so Britons should head to North Yorkshire for a saunter.
That’s because it is the UK pub walk capital, named as such by AA Media, which revealed that it has 29 AA-rated inns and pubs located within five miles of the walking routes listed for the county on RatedTrips.com.
In second place, using this criterion, is Somerset with 26 AA-approved pubs close to walking routes, while third is Cumbria with 25 venues near trails.
North Yorkshire has been named as the UK’s pub walk capital as it has the most AA-rated inns and pubs located within five miles of the walking routes listed for the county on RatedTrips.com. Pictured is the county’s Robin Hood’s Bay
One of the 29 AA-listed pubs within five miles of walking routes in North Yorkshire is The Lister Arms in Malham, pictured
Somerset has 26 AA-approved pubs close to walking routes listed for the county. Pictured is Somerset’s epic Cheddar Gorge
The Hunters Rest Inn in Clutton, one of the 26 AA-rated pubs within five miles of a walking route in Somerset
Third on the list is Cumbria with 25 pubs near trails. Pictured is Cat Bells, a fell that stands at 1,480ft (451m) and is popular with walkers
The AA-rated Punch Bowl Inn in Crosthwaite, Cumbria – one of the 25 AA-rated pubs near walking routes there
THE TOP UK COUNTIES FOR PUB WALKS
1. North Yorkshire – 29 AA-rated pubs near walking routes
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Lister Arms, Malham; The Golden Lion, Settle; Golden Fleece, Thirsk.
2. Somerset – 26 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Hunters Rest, Clutton; Archangel, Frome; The Bath Arms, Cheddar.
3. Cumbria – 25 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite; Plough Inn, Lupton; Traveller’s Rest, Grasmere.
4. Hampshire – 23 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Thomas Lord, West Meon; The Anchor Inn, Alton; The Jolly Drover, Liss.
5. Gloucestershire – 22 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Green Dragon Inn, Cowley; The Amberley Inn, Amberley; The Bell Inn, Selsley.
6. Oxfordshire – 21 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Swan Inn, Swinbrook; Jacobs Plough, Bicester; The Railway Inn, Culham.
7= Devon – 16 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: New Inn, Clovelly; Rock Inn, Haytor Vale; The Swan, Bampton.
7= Kent – 16 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Sun Inn, Faversham; The New Inn, Sandwich; The New Flying Horse Inn, Wye.
8= Cornwall – 15 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Dolphin Tavern, Penzance; The Mill House, Trebarwith; Crooked Inn, Saltash.
8= Derbyshire – 15 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Crown Inn, Marston Montgomery; Bentley Brook Inn, Ashbourne; The Great Northern, Mickleover.
8= Norfolk – 15 pubs
Three AA pubs near walking routes: The Nelson Country Inn, Burnham Market; Marsham Arms Coaching Inn, Hevingham; The King William IV, Sedgeford.
Source: AA Media
AA-rated pubs near walking routes in top-ranked North Yorkshire include The Lister Arms in Malham, which the AA describes as ‘a traditional country inn with wood beams and open fires’, and the ‘high quality’ Golden Lion in Settle.
In second-place Somerset, the 26 AA-rated pubs near walking routes include The Hunters Rest in Clutton, which the AA says has a ‘cosy bar’, and The Bath Arms, which is described as having ‘excellent dining’.
Among the 25 AA-rated pubs near walking trails in third place Cumbria is Crosthwaite’s Punch Bowl Inn, which the AA says is ‘one of Lakeland’s homelier places’, and The Traveller’s Rest in Grasmere – a 500-year-old pub with ‘old world charm’.
Taking fourth place is Hampshire with 23 pubs lying next to walking routes.
Taking fourth place is Hampshire with 23 pubs lying next to walking routes. Pictured is Rockford Common within Hampshire’s New Forest area
The Thomas Lord in West Meon, pictured, is one of 23 AA-rated pubs lying next to walking routes in Hampshire
Rolling hills near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire – a county that has 22 AA-rated pubs within five miles of walking routes
The Green Dragon Inn near Cowley is one of the 22 AA-rated pubs near walking routes in Gloucestershire
These include The Thomas Lord in West Meon, which according to the AA is a ‘beautifully restored pub that has a bar decorated with cricketing memorabilia’, and The Jolly Drover in Liss, where guests can ‘enjoy the large log fire, secluded garden, a choice of real ales and home-cooked food’.
Rounding out the top five is Gloucestershire, with 22 AA-rated pubs within five miles of walking routes.
Sixth is Oxfordshire (21 pubs) and joint seventh is Devon and Kent (16 pubs).
Oxfordshire has 21 AA-rated pubs that are near to listed walks. Pictured are tourists punting on the county’s River Cherwell
The stunning Dartmoor National Park in Devon. The county has 16 AA-rated pubs within five miles of walking routes
The county of Kent has 16 AA-rated pubs within five miles of walking routes. Pictured is the Elham Valley
The counties of Cornwall, Norfolk and Derbyshire share eighth place (15 pubs).
The research marks National Walking Month and the launch of RatedTrips.com.
The website features over 1,000 walking routes around the UK ‘enabling travellers to plan their itinerary wherever they’re looking to explore’.
Cornwall is joint eighth on the list with 15 AA-rated pubs in the county that are within five miles of walking routes. Pictured is Porthcurno Beach
The view from the top of Mam Tor in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. The county has 15 AA-rated pubs within five miles of walking routes
The beautiful creek in Blakeney in Norfolk. The county has 15 AA-rated pubs within five miles of walking routes
AA Media said: ‘With regional search functionality, clear directions, and dedicated pages for each route providing information on walk distance, difficulty, nearby pubs, restaurants and hotels and more, RatedTrips helps walkers discover their perfect route.’
Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Media, said: ‘With lockdown lifting, we are pleased to announce the launch of walking routes on AA RatedTrips.com to help the British public plan outings to meet friends and explore the country.
‘As we mark National Walking Month, we look forward to helping holidaymakers, day-trippers and those seeking an escape to find their new favourite walking route and pub garden with the help of RatedTrips.’