Four great walks near Leeds with a pub on the trail

It’s just a fact that walks are better when there are a few pubs on the route

There’s not much better than a nice stroll in the countryside on a summer’s day.

In fact, the only thing that could make it better is a pub stop-off on the way. Which is why we’ve gone and put together a selection of the best pub walks in Leeds.

Whether you’re after a short spin around a reservoir or a full-on day’s hike, we’ve picked out some of the top walking routes.

Thorner Moor Circular

The entrance to Thorner Moor reservoir complex / Image: Chris Heaton

This 8-mile walk around the charming village of Thorner is not for the faint-hearted but promises some gorgeous sweeping countryside views with a lovely stop off at not one but three pubs: The Fox and Grapes, The Inn at Scarcroft and The Mexborough Arms.

Just 20 minutes from Leeds, start at St Peter’s Church then head east onto Thorner Moor, go to the Fox, then make your way around the circular route: passing the Bramham Park estate, Stubbing Moor and Wothersome Lake, before entering Hetchell Wood Nature Reserve.

From here, follow the route along Thorner Lane to reach The Inn at Scarcroft before finishing off with a pint and some food back in Thorner.

Check out the full route here.

Otley to Bramhope via Eccup Walk

Otley is a popular haunt for walkers, with routes leading out from the centre in all different directions. This circular spans 10 miles, with many traditional pubs and historic landmarks to be spotted along the way.

Start at the bus station car park, heading along the old dismantled railway and past Caley Hall Farm until you reach the famous Caley Crags. From there, head north on to The Dales Way and the village of Eccup – home to a gorgeous reservoir and lovely pub The New Inn.

Head back into Bramhope through the Golden Acre Park and finish with a drink at The Fox and Hounds.

Check out the full route here.

Fewston Reservoir Circular

Fewston Reservoir is one of three built in the 1870s in the Washburn Valley near Harrogate / Image: Mike Garratt

A nice and easy route with picturesque views, this circular is only 3.7 miles long and finishes off with a stop at fab little local The Hopper Lane for a nice cold pint.

Start at Fewston Reservoir car park in the village, then make your way around the reservoir taking in the wild flowers as you go before making your way back to Blubberhouses.

Check out the full route here.

Hawksworth Wood Circular

This 6.7-mile walk starts at Hawksworth Wood and heads west along the River Aire until you reach Newlay Bridge. There are some gorgeous views to be enjoyed across the river before stopping off at The Abbey Inn for a pint.

From here, you can take the towpath along the Leeds Liverpool Canal to head up to the nature reserve and – if you’re still thirsty – The Rodley Barge. Alternatively, carry on under Calverley Bridge to reach The Railway Inn. To make your way back, join the Leeds Country Way at Owl Bridge then walk through Haigh Wood.

Check out the full route here.

Feature image – Tom Blackwell.

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