Sadly, at the moment of course, this is off the agenda, and whilst you can grab a refreshing drink when you get home from your government-prescribed walk, it's not the same as when you have come down from a day high on the Lake District fells, or the Yorkshire moors, or completed that long, canal side trudge. The pub and the prospect of that first pint is what kept you going for those last few miles, a deserved reward for all the effort you've put in. You've earned it. Of course you could always go home and have a drink there, but it's not the same. Unless you've been walking with someone from the same household, you can't enjoy that post-walk collective wind-down.
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Whilst I have enjoyed some great local walks in the better-than-average early spring weather, when I have arrived home, grabbed a beer, and sat on my stool in the kitchen, my thoughts have frequently turned to some of those pubs where I have enjoyed a post-walk pint with friends in pre-lockdown times. And there are some crackers amongst them.
|A pint at the Sun Inn, Coniston|
Another Lakes pub that is not to be missed is the Old Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale, an ideal spot to wind down after climbing so many of the iconic Lakeland fells - the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, Pike O'Blisco. This is serious walking country which demands a special kind of pub at the end of it, and this simple bar, attached to the more upmarket Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, more than meets that requirement. A good range of beers on hand pump greets you, there is an old range, bench seating, and wooden beams, with the thick stone walls keeping even the most adverse weather at bay.
|Hiker's Bar, Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale|
|The Hill Inn, Chapel le Dale|
|The New Inn, Appletreewick|
|The Blue Pig, near Hebden Bridge|
And I won't even be bothered if I don't get a seat....
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