Looking for great Pub walks in Yorkshire – with at nice pint waiting at the end or maybe a cheeky pitstop on the way? There’s no better way to enjoy God’s Own Country in our opinion.
These are some fantastic summer pub walks Yorkshire has to offer, and we hope you find them helpful whilst you’re enjoying all the beauty that Yorkshire has to offer this year.
There is nothing better than a good pint after a trek around some beautiful scenery, and God’s Own Country has both of them in abundance. With the weather heating up, we thought we’d pick some of our favourite places to visit, and, more importantly, a pub to visit afterwards as the reward.
1. Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire
There is nothing more beautiful than the East Yorkshire coastline, although we may be slightly biased. Flamborough has some spectacular scenery to enjoy, that’s for sure. If you start off at the lighthouse, you can take in the famous drinking dinosaur before heading down to North Landing beach a hidden gem usually kept for us locals.
Afterwards, head into Flamborough where you’ll find many watering holes to enjoy a post-walk pint. We’d recommend going to the Rose & Crown for a swift half or something a little stronger and some traditional pub grub. There is also a fantastic butcher’s shop that you need to visit for a range of local meats and pastries on offer.
2. Malham, Yorkshire Dales
One of our favourite places to visit, this pub walk is a crowd-pleaser for sure. There are three amazing points of interest on this popular walk which are: Janet’s Foss waterfall, where you can enjoy a spot of wild swimming if you can brave the cold water, Gordale Scar waterfall, which some people like to climb up and, of course, the famous Malham Cove where you can enjoy panoramic views of all the three peaks. Why not try and spot all three? A little fact for you Malham Cove was featured in the Harry Potter series.
The walk is around 4 miles, after which you’ll be ready for a drink (or two). Our favourite places for a beer in Malham are either Lister Arms, which is a great old-fashioned pub with a brilliant beer garden or Beck Hall a 4-star boutique hotel that sits next to a babbling beck which we love to let our little pooch have a little dip in.
3. Grassington, Yorkshire Dales
Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales is a popular choice for tourists – especially since the remake of the popular TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small‘ hit our screens. Starting in the Grassington National Park Centre, you’ll head down to Linton Falls and then follow the River Wharfe, passing through meadows, and woodlands back round to the visitors centre. The dry stone walls as you head towards the falls will make you feel like an extra in the hit Channel 5 show with its picturesque views.
Head to the village centre after you’ve worked up a sweat, and enjoy some local ales from one of the best pubs on our summer pub walks in Yorkshire list, The Devonshire, which is actually transformed into the Drover Arms for ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. You won’t find many Pub Walks in Yorkshire that beat this.
4. Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire Coast
Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby is a picturesque hidden cove which is a perfect place to visit for the day or even stay over in one of the cute cottages. You can enjoy a walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Boggle Hole starting at Bay’s station car park. This walk offers beautiful cliff and coastline views. It’s a shorter one at 2 miles, but that just means more time spent in the boozer.
So it’s quite good if you’re more interested in the pint afterwards. Our favourite pub to visit is the Smugglers, which has amazing food on offer also!
5. Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire Dales
One of Yorkshire’s most popular water spots, Aysgarth Falls is a trio of small waterfalls on the River Ure. Easily accessible from the village of Aysgarth, you’ll likely have seen this pretty little spot on Instagram before – with many flocking to see it every single year.
After you’ve enjoyed all that this trio of waterfalls has to offer, head back into Aysgarth and try out the George & Dragon Inn. This is one of our favourite Pub Walks Yorkshire has to offer.
6. Settle Caves & Waterfall, Yorkshire Dales
Settle is home to the amazing Settle to Carlisle Railway journey, so you know it has a beautiful landscape surrounding it. Close to Settle this walk starts at the station and passes through woodland, then past breathtaking falls and interesting caves such as Victoria Cave. There is a bit of uphill walking towards the caves to be aware of, but it is definitely worth it once you get there.
You can head back into the village afterwards and enjoy a few bevvies in one of its local village pubs.
7. Osmotherley. North York Moors
Starting out at the village of Osmotherley you can head out to the impressive ruins of Mount Grace Priory which are not too far from the market town of Northallerton. The Yorkshire summer pub walk is also part of the famous Cleveland Way and also at the start of the Lyke Lake Walk, so you’ve plenty of stunning views to enjoy.
Osmotherley has three great pubs where you can enjoy some classic ales. A pub is a winner for us when they’re serving Timothy Taylors Landlord and this North Yorkshire pub walk promises just that so we are happy chappies
8. Richmond, North Yorkshire
The historical town of Richmond is known for its beautiful castle and has one of the largest cobbled market squares in England. The 11th-century castle would be enough to explore on its own, but why not head out towards the river and visit Richmond Falls then up to the ruins of Easby Abbey? Sounds like a perfect summer pub walk in Yorkshire to us.
Especially when you’ve got the idyllic market town of Richmond to explore to find a decent pub. They have some fantastic ale houses, so you may have to try more than one to find your favourite – hard work but we are sure you’ll be able to cope.
9. Helmsley, North York Moors
Helmsley is a picturesque market town on the River Rye, which is sheltered by the remains of a medieval castle making it the perfect place to visit. You can enjoy a walk from the town out towards the historical Rievaulx Abbey taking in amazing countryside and history before returning to the town for a nice pint.
With this pub walk in Yorkshire, there are a few options for a pint which include the traditional Royal Oak Hotel to the more modern microbrewery Helmsley Brewing Company.
10. West Witton, Yorkshire Dales
This walk is mainly on our list due to the popular and iconic pub The Wensleydale Heifer. Situated near West Witton, just a stone’s throw south of the River Ure, the Wensleydale Heifer is said to have been a favourite of Alf and his wife Joan, with the pair dining there often when visiting the Dales.
It is surrounded by rolling hills, and beautiful countryside and the ideal location for those who love history, walking or simply getting away from it all. So you can head out and explore the waterfalls local to the area before heading back from some great scran and a few ales.
11. Beck Hole, North York Moors
Nestle in the North York Moors, Beck Hole is home to Yorkshire’s smallest pub, Birch Hall Inn, which is a Grade II listed building founded in 1860.
You’re in the heart of the North York Moors and a stone’s throw from Whitby. Why not head out to the majestic Mallyan Spout waterfall, a 60ft waterfall in a wonderful 3-mile circular?
12. Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire
Sat above the West Yorkshire market town Ilkley, Ilkley Moor is a picturesque moorland walk that has beautiful heather and stunning scenery including the Cow and Calf stones where you’ll find sheep lolling around.
The Cow & Calf Hotel sits below the rock formation and makes for a great starting point if you’re looking to enjoy the West Yorkshire pub walk.
13. Marsden, West Yorkshire
This short walk is a great opportunity to take in some beautiful views around Butterly Reservoir. It is around 3 miles long, and you can take in some beautiful woodland, as well as some panoramic views of this amazing reservoir. Afterwards, you can head into Marsden and enjoy a well-deserved pint at The New Inn.
14. Otley Chevin Surprise View, West Yorkshire
You can enjoy some of the most beautiful views Yorkshire has to offer on this walk. Above the town of Otley, you can enjoy what is called Surprise View, named that way because of how it sneaks up on you. Start at the car park nearest Otley on East Chevin Road and follows signs up to Surprise View. Head to Royalty pub afterwards for a well-earned pub.