The Best Pub Walks in North Cumbria

If there’s one thing better than a great walk, it’s a great walk with a great pub meal or pint at the end of it! The beautiful area of North Cumbria has no shortage of stunning walking routes and charming country pubs. We want you to get the most out of your stay with us at Solway, so here’s our pick of the best pub walk routes nearby.

Discovery Centre to Grune Point – (no drive – walk straight out!)

This 6.5 mile walk starts right from Silloth, at the Solway Coast Discovery Centre. Here you must first check the tides are suitable for undertaking this walk as it’s not advised during large tides. The walk will take you along the promenade towards East Cote Lighthouse, through Skinburness then on to Grune Point, with many incredible viewpoints along the way. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for birdlife. As you complete your loop and find yourself back in Silloth you can take your pick of eaters – try the Golf Hotel for great pub grub and views over the green. Or wind your way back to Solway Holiday Park and dine at Borders Bar & Restaurant!

Caldbeck Circular – (34-minute drive)

A popular choice for hikers and walkers, this 1 hour 10-minute loop leads you through woodland area and alongside the river. There are plenty of resting spots to take in the phenomenal views of the countryside, so keep an eye out for any wildlife that you may come across. It’s best attempted in dry weather as sections can become very slippery and at times impassable in wet weather conditions, so make sure to choose your footwear wisely!

Once you have finished, call into the Oddfellows Arms Pub where you’ll have your choice of locally brewed Jenning’s cask ales. 

Solway Villages Trail – (38-minute drive)

This 6.25 mile circular is ideal for families and people of all abilities. You’ll take in some of the best landscapes that make up the Solway Plain including ancient woodland and enchanting sunken lanes with high hedgerows, known as ‘Kests’. There’s also much fascinating history in evidence, including the flour milling heritage of the area.

Start and finish at the Greyhound Inn in Burgh By Sands for hearty pub fayre and a great choice for gluten-free and kids.

For more circular walks in Solway, we recommend the routes featured in this PDF.

View of Derwentwater Lake from Lattrig Moorland, England, United Kingdom

Latrigg Skiddaw Little Man – (50-minute drive)

More challenging compared to the others on this list, this hike is suited to more experienced hikers, taking an average of 6 hours and 37 minutes to complete. It’s a fantastic trail for running, walking, and hiking with incredible views of the soaring ridgelines and peaks of the Lake District. Once you have completed this tremendous journey, treat yourself to a good ol’ pint at The Keswick Country House Hotel – the perfect place to refuel and rest weary legs.

Ennerdale – (1hr drive)

Take in some phenomenal views following a horseshoe around Ennerdale Water. You’ll pass notable points including Green Gable, Kirk Fell, Haycock and Iron Crag as well as ancient iron age and medieval settlements.

Of course, there is a pub at the end of this trail to celebrate your efforts. Once you have finished, head into the Ennerdale brewery for a much-needed pint. Whilst here you can learn about how they use traditional methods to brew their fine cask and bottled ales.

Pooley Bridge – (1hr 3-minute drive)

Take a stroll along the shores of Ullswater for amazing views along the northern reaches of the lake. Start on foot or take a cruise from Pooley Bride and connect to many of the spectacular walking routes in the Ullswater Valley. There are routes to suit all ages and abilities, and a great day out with the family. Throughout your meander, you will be able to see spectacular views of the mountain tops in every direction. Pooley Bridge is known for its dramatic landscape that has often served as inspiration for writers and poets – you are in for a memorable adventure on this trail.

Afterwards, pop into The Pooley Bridge Inn for a well-deserved drink. Located in the centre of Pooley Bridge, you will be welcomed with a relaxing ambience – children and dogs are also welcome.

Grasmere Lake Circular – (1hr 9-minute drive)

A challenging 5.1km circular trail that takes an average of 1hr 47 minutes to complete and offers amazing views over the water and surrounding mountains. You may even spot some historic sites like Dove Cottage which was home to poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

Though this trek is challenging, it is a relatively flat route and will suit people of all ages and fitness levels. Reward yourself at the end with refreshments at Tweedles Bar where you can enjoy the scenic views along with your nice cold drink.

Solway Holiday Park: The Perfect Base

Our holiday park Solway is the perfect base to explore the rich history and dramatic landscape of Hadrian’s Wall. We’re pet friendly so you can bring along your four-legged friends, and then indulge yourself in one of our luxury hot tub chalets, or simply enjoy a break with the family in one of our holiday caravans or camping on our touring site. We have the perfect holiday accommodation to suit every need and budget.