5. Sussex Downs: Alfriston to Litlington
Distance: 5km; easy
Duration: 2 hours
Best boozer along the way: The Plough & Harrow, Litlington
You’d be hard pushed to find a more quaint village in all of Sussex than Alfriston. It’s home to one of the oldest pubs in the country, The Star Inn, dating back to 1345.
From Alfriston, walk past the village green and the 14th-century church of St Andrew to the River Cuckmere. From here, the path winds along the river in the folds of the chalk Sussex Downs to the hamlet of Litlington and the 17th-century Plough & Harrow, before a genteel return.
Swans flying over River Cuckmere © James LePage/Shutterstock
Distance: 5km, easy
Duration: 3 hours
Best boozer along the way: Lister Arms, Malham
This short walk manages to include two of Britain’s most incredible geological wonders. Gordale Scar is a 100m limestone ravine riven by glacial meltwater. Walk out of Malham up the Scar, before returning to the road and then following the Dales High Way to Malham Cove, a tremendous limestone amphitheatre.
Back in Malham, the charming Lister Arms is a cosy old coaching inn with some seriously good food.
Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales © albinoni/Shutterstock
7. Thames Coast Path: Marlow to Windsor
Distance: 22km (can be shortened); moderate
Duration: 6-7 hours
Best boozer along the way: The Boatman, Windsor
The Thames Coast Path, a well-signposted 294km National Trail, follows the great river from near its source in the Cotswolds through the centre of London to Greenwich.
Our favourite part is the partly wooded section from Marlow to Windsor Castle. After a long day out, the riverside Boatman in Windsor is an endearing sight. Grab a table on the terrace and watch the boats go by.
Thames Path, London © chrisdorney/Shutterstock
8. Tintagel to Boscastle, Cornwall
Distance: 7km; easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
Best boozer along the way: The Napoleon Inn, Boscastle
Tintagel on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast will forever be associated with King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. But it’s also the striking cliff-top views from along the South West Coast Path that make this such a popular destination. The 7km coastal walk to Boscastle is one of the finest anywhere.
Finish your walk at The Napoleon Inn or return to Tintagel for a drink at the Ye Olde Malthouse Inn.
Tintagel Castle coastline, Cornwall © Nigel Wallace/Shutterstock
Distance: 6km; easy
Duration: 2 hours
Best boozer along the way: The Holyrood 9A
There are few cities in Britain where you can climb high above the city, yet remain in the very centre. Arthur’s Seat, in the middle of Edinburgh, offers majestic views, a dose of history and mythology, plus the convenience of being near loads of good pubs for afterwards. Start off at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and walk around the western side to Gutted Haddie, then around Arthur’s Seat to approach from the east.
The Holyrood 9A’s tagline is “good beer, good burgers” which is enticing enough itself, even if it weren’t for the friendly staff and unbeatable location just off the Royal Mile.
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh © Aleksandr Vrublevskiy/Shutterstock
Distance: 9km; strenuous
Duration: 6-7 hours
Best boozer along the way: The Old Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale
Great Langdale is easily one of the finest valleys in the Lake District. It comes to an abrupt end at the Langdale Pikes that rise 700m high.
Climb high up to Stickle Tarn, and perhaps to Pavey Ark, before descending for a pint by the fire in a classic hillwalking pub, The Old Dungeon Ghyll. This is one for more experienced hikers.
Langdale Pikes, Lake District © GrahamMoore999/Shutterstock
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Top image: Wooden gateway in Little Langdale, the Lake District, England © antb/Shutterstock