CAMRA unveils 10 pub walks for the family this summer
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CAMRA’s members from across the country have shared their favourite pub walking spots as part of its ‘Summer of Pub’ campaign.
Aside from being next to or en-route to a great countryside walk, the below recommended pubs serve high-quality cask ales to quench your thirst after a long (or short!) amble.
The recommendations form part of CAMRA’s Summer of Pub campaign, which has seen hundreds of pubs organise events to showcase what they have to offer, ranging from special screenings of the Women’s World Cup to quiz nights and theatre events. In return, CAMRA’s 200,000 members have galvanised to publicise and promote events within their local communities.
Ben Wilkinson, CAMRA’s National Director said: “As schools in many parts of the country break up this week, these recommendations couldn’t come at a better time. Why not take the opportunity to strap on walking boots for the whole family and head to one of these picturesque pubs across the country? Having been handpicked by our volunteers, there’s guaranteed to be a great pint at the end!
“While most people value the role community pubs play, not everyone is aware of the huge financial pressures that they face and the threats to their survival. Our Summer of Pub campaign aims to show what pubs have to offer and remind people how important the great British pub is to communities. From special screenings of the Women’s World Cup to comedy evenings, beer tastings or special talks, pubs have pulled out all the stops to celebrate this summer and provide something for everyone.”
CAMRA’s recommended pubs are as follows:
- Abbey Inn, Leek – a small, friendly, family-owned pub built in 1702, it is situated near the remains of Dieu-le-Cresse Abbey and backs on to the Peak District National Park.
- Bear Hotel, Crickhowell – Featured in CAMRA’s Wild Pub Walks, this 15th Century former coaching inn boasts oak beams and beautiful gardens, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
- Chequers, Ledsham – a charming, quaint and cosy pub ideally situated close to RSPB’s Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve.
- Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale – a classic walkers’ and climbers’ pub in one of the main walking valleys in the Lakes, this iconic hotel is owned by the National Trust.
- Double Locks, Exeter – situated in an idyllic location on the Exeter Ship Canal, it is just the place for a family day out, a celebration, or to have a lazy summer’s afternoon next to the water.
- Kings Head, East Hoathly– this Grade-II listed pub was originally the village schoolhouse before being converted to an inn in 1765. The tap for the adjacent 1648 Brewing Company, it is a great beer stop while exploring some of the lovely walks around the Sussex countryside.
- Robin Hood, Clifton Reynes – with a warm, welcoming atmosphere and reminiscent of the 17th century, it is a great stop along a countryside walk.
- Tuckers Grave, Faulkland – a rare, unspoilt pub with nationally important pub interior, at a crossroads near Norton St Philips with plenty of walks nearby.
- Chequers Inn, Rookley – a country pub with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and situated nearby plenty of walks.
- Winking Owl, Aviemore, Scotland – Once a farmhouse, the pub, is probably one of the oldest hostelries in Aviemore and is owned by Cairngorm Brewery.
To find more pub events, simply visit camra.org.uk/summerofpub/
CAMRA will be unveiling 100 pub recommendations this summer to the below schedule. If you would like any of this information in advance, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
25 July – 10 eco-friendly pubs to mark ‘Plastic-Free July’
30 July – 10 beer gardens to visit with friends for ‘International Friendship Day’
1 August – 10 brewpubs to visit for ‘International Beer Day’
8 August – 10 city-centre pubs to cool off in
13 August – 10 cider pubs to quench your thirst this summer
15 August – 10 pubs with a great view for ‘International Relaxation Day’
20 August – 10 seaside pubs to mark ‘Water Quality Month’
22 August – 10 dog-friendly pubs for ‘Dog’s Day’ on the bank holiday weekend
27 August – 10 pubs seeped in history for back-to-school