Visiting the Lakes? Here are the Walking Routes with the Best Pubs

Lake District

When you think of the Lake District, you probably think of long walks, huge lakes, epic views and a nice cold pint at the end of a long walk. But with so much choice, it can be overwhelming deciding which walks to go on.

To help guide you, the Lake District hotel, Craig Manor have mapped out the best walking routes featuring beer gardens for the ultimate pint pick-me-up.

Craig Manor, Bowness-On-Windermere

 Craig Manor itself offers the perfect start to any Lake District holiday. Situated in Bowness, there is a 4.5-mile circular walk around Bowness-on-Windermere that explores the countryside nearby and visits some great photo hotspots. If you want to extend the walk there is the option to, or circle back for a spot of lunch and a pint in the gardens at Craig Manor.

This walk is nice and flat so is suitable for all, although as with all the walks we would advise wearing sturdy boots!

The Bridge, Buttermere

 One of the lesser known but possibly most beautiful lakes in the Lake District, is Buttermere.

This beautiful lake is on the smaller side so offers a walk right around its edge and you could even spot some highland cows. In April to June the far side of the lake is closed for nesting Sandpipers, but half of the walk is still open.

Head to The Bridge for a delicious pub lunch or a drink in the Beer Garden – and rumour has it they do a good Sunday lunch too!

The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge

 Next, Pooley Bridge offers another lakeside walk and this one is for the more advanced walker. At 6.5 miles it will take approximately 3 hours to walk and does have some rougher terrain.

However, with views over the water and a visit to Aira Force it is well worth the effort. And starting and finishing at The Crown Inn, we’re certain you’ll find a way to rest up after the walk.

Lake District

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater

 For a central location, rustic dining and amazing views, head to Elterwater for a pub lunch in The Britannia Inn before heading out on your walk. This walk is a great option for those wanting a longer walk (this will take at least two hours) but without the harder going terrain.

Start from the Inn and head along passed Elter Water where the views are amazing. Head through Crag Head and over Skelwith Bridge, another beautiful spot.

You’ll head back in a circle through Little Langdale before returning to the Inn.

The Outgate Inn, Ambleside

 Our final Pub Garden recommendation is the Outgate Inn in Ambleside. This four-and-a-half-mile walk offers mixed terrain but will be suitable for most walkers.

It circles around Blelham Tarn and then round passed Wray Castle which is a great place to visit for all the family. Return to the Outgate Inn for a well-deserved break.

Feeling inspired? Check out Craig Manor’s beer garden map of the Lake District.

Lake District


Plan The Perfect German Road Trip

Munich – the city known for Germany’s traditional Bavarian culture, as well as its new and spirited population, who have filled the old city with modern technologies and exciting new cultures. Spend some time getting to know Germany’s great city, exploring the bustling beer halls, historic buildings, and enthralling museums.

When you have had your fill of Munich’s exceptional sights, why not explore the surrounding region by jumping in a rental car and going on some adventurous Munich day trips. By driving through the brilliant Bavarian countryside not only do you get to experience some of the German towns, villages, memorials, and castles that many travelers don’t get to see when they visit Munich, but you also get to explore the locations in your own time – taking as little or as long as you want.

Get planning with our Munich day trip guide as you follow Neuschwanstein Castle tours from Munich:


Munich Downtown

Start your journey in the thriving city – with its lush green city parks and regular festivals, there’s always something to do in Munich. Lined with buildings that are centuries old, Munich is ideal for history buffs who love tasty beer and delicious local food. What’s more, the large cosmopolitan city is also a modern mecca with a world-famous nightlife and plenty of modern art galleries to explore, as well as a connection to its surrounding Alpine landscape. Try to visit the city around its most famous festival, Oktoberfest, the beer-toasting super festival that consumes that city and fills it with fun and games! (Honestly, everyday is Oktoberfest in Munich – head to Marienplatz in the centre of Munich and grab a beer or 2 and a sausage).


Dachau Concentration Camp

The concentration camp at Dachau was Nazi Germany’s first ever concentration camp. The prison held over 200,000 people during its 12 years, but since 1965 the site has been a memorial to the devastation of that era and the lives that were lost. Dachau is located close to the city and 30-minute long or two-and-a-half-hour long walking tours are available as well as audio guides. (It’s not an easy tour but well worthwhile).


Landshut Day Trip

The picture-perfect town of Landshut is bright and beautiful – with stunning multi-colored houses and a very famous castle, which hosts the Royal Wedding Festival every four years to celebrate the companionship of Bavaria and Poland. Discover the town’s differing architecture, from the Middle Ages to Renaissance-Baroque, as well as Bavarian beer halls, delicious local restaurants, and Trauznitz Castle, which dates back to 1204.


Herrenchiemsee New Palace

This impressive palace was the incredible vision of King Ludwig – precisely his idea to build an exact replica of Versailles Palace in Paris. The stunning complex of royal buildings is located on an island in the region’s large lake – the Chiemsee. Explore the majestic interior of this fairytale palace, which features marquetry floors, carved panels, stucco marble, and ceiling frescoes. (King Ludwig is also responsible for the ultra famous Neuschwanstein Castle- below).


Wendelstein Mountain

Wendelstein Mountain is probably one of the easiest access points for exploring the Alps in Bavaria. Drive to the base of the mountain, before taking the cable car or train to reach the 6,000-foot summit. Revel in the spectacular Alpine views from the top, where you can also enjoy a warming coffee or hot chocolate in a delightful cabin restaurant or cafe. If you are more of an adventurer take the hiking trails to the top – although you might want to allow more time for this option.


Landsberg am Lech

Just half-an-hour from Munich, Landsberg am Lech is yet another shining example of a stunning and traditional Bavarian city. On a first glance Landsberg am Lech looks as though it hasn’t changed at all since its creation, with buildings dating back to the Medieval period – including the impressive Mother’s Tower and the Schmalzturm Tower. Visitors can trace the ancient lines of the city by walking the old city walls or learning more about its intriguing history at the Herkomer Museum.


Neuschwanstein Castle Road Trip

The absolutely mesmerizing Neuschwanstein Castle is the moment that those fairytale dreams truly become a reality. The breathtaking 19th century palace is something to behold – and is known for being the real life inspiration for Disney’s fairytale classic “Sleeping Beauty”. Originally built for Ludwig II of Bavaria, the castle has been open to visitors since his death and offers its guests unique views across the Bavaria landscape. Be sure to spend some time exploring the beautifully landscaped gardens here, too. (Allow most of a day for your visit. The parking lot is busy and a 10 minute walk from the base of the mountain. You can walk up to the castle (minimum 30 minutes) or pay to ride in a horse drawn wagon. You’ll also wait and pay an admission to get inside the castle).

Travel Freely and At Your Own Pace

When you are looking to experience the best Germany has to offer, you’ll need a reliable means of transportation. Book an affordable car rental in Munich and you’ll have access to endless touristic opportunities and sites! Compare rates, shop names you recognize and find the best deal. Save time and money with my link to Auto Europe.


10 Ways To Prep Before A Trip To Malaysia

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Ready to pack your bags to leave? Make sure you take a look at this list of things to be on the lookout for before you book!

Land of food so good you’ll never want to leave, home of beautiful landscapes, Malaysia may well be Southeast Asia’s best kept secret.


While the hordes may head for Bangkok, give the Thai’s a rest and search out another paradise (a better paradise if you ask me) on one of Malaysia’s exquisite beaches, or perhaps on top of Mount Kinabalu, and everything, everywhere, in between.

But before you head out and pack up, make sure you take heed for getting a couple of things out of your way before touching down—Malaysia, and anywhere you travel, is always better with a little extra prep. Between dodging the rainy season to figuring out currency exchanges, take my tips to heart and you’ll never find yourself down and out (at least not while taking my advice!).


  1. Pick the right time to go.

There are two monsoon seasons in Malaysia, and you certainly don’t want to plan a rainforest trekking, beach lounging, cocktail drinking vacation whenever they’re scheduled to make landfall. Going by the very special names of Southwest Monsoon and Northeast Monsoon, there’s torrential downpours scheduled from May to September, and then again from November to March, making the times you should head to the country very specific. Better to be prepped and not end up wearing a poncho your whole vacation!

  1. Multiethnicity is a great thing to remember.

Outside of speaking great English (seriously, colonization left it’s mark with excellent English speaking skills), a lot of Malaysians can be anything from Chinese to Indian, and even these multiethnicity vary between East and West Malaysia. It means there’s plenty of great food, excellent cultural experiences, and the rich diversity means there’s a lot of languages floating around all at once. All in all, it’s an incredible place to be every way you look at it.


  1. It may be surprising, but Malaysia is a Muslim country.

While there are a larger number of Christians in East Malaysia, it’s predominantly Muslim, meaning you’ve got to keep yourself on your toes when it comes to what is proper (and frowned up) in terms of politeness. First, public displays of affection are considered very rude if you’re out in public, so refrain from kissing or holding hands while out in the streets. And while you can wear whatever you want, don’t go out topless gents, it’s just not considered good taste!

Another hint: this affects their drinking habits a bit as well, liquor can be expensive if you can find it. But there is some good news: there’s plenty of beer!

  1. Eat your fill of the cheap, great food.


Restaurant service can be spotty and underwhelming at best, but it’s not a problem because the food is excellent, in the shop or on the street. From Filipino to Chinese, Indian to Singaporean, the cuisine is built with many different flavors, and the Nasi Lemak, the national dish of Malaysia, is the greatest thing you can probably order. Outside of the fruit—it’s fresh, perfect, and excellent snack to have absolutely whenever.

  1. Stay away from cheap electronics.

You may see vendors selling Blueberrys (not to be confused with Blackberrys) or iPhones that look above board, but what you might be purchasing at those tiny shops can range from cheap knockoffs to stolen phones (if it’s got an iCloud lock on it, definitely stolen) so it’s better to skip these stalls and head for handmade arts and crafts. Handmade baskets or Malaysian batik are better alternatives, so just stick to things that don’t require battery power.

  1. Public transport is the way to go.

Taxis can be astronomically expensive in Malaysia and they don’t have tuk tuks like Thailand, but never fear, the buses are easy to use and will definitely help you get around. Usually the service is pretty quick, the equipment modern, and it’s mostly pretty uncrowded (nothing like Tokyo or Bangkok). The underground in Kuala Lumpur is specifically spectacular, but you can always grab a car if you’re really set on going exactly where you want whenever you want. A word of warning though: Malaysian drivers almost never follow street signs so don’t expect anyone to stop!

  1. Internet is going to be a problem.

While Kuala Lumpur is generally pretty good with internet, the rest of the country is sadly very, very far behind the city so don’t plan on taking your work on vacation with you, it’s just going to work. To get the best service in the country, try working with Maxis. But even with this company (which to me, is the best in the country) you can expect the service to be stronger and faster in West Malaysia than East Malaysia so plan accordingly!

For the intrepid smartphone traveller, here’s a great list of apps that can make or break your trip, so consider checking them out before heading out.

  1. The people are friendly (and honest).


A lot of touristy places can be a little on the seedy side, in that they are actively trying to dupe tourists out of a couple of bucks whenever they can get the chance to. But in Malaysia, that would definitely not be the norm; as a whole, the people are incredibly polite and very honest. No one but the taxi drivers are likely to overcharge you so you can trust that you’re getting the best deal wherever you go. The people are also really laid back in addition to being friendly, so make sure you’re on island time—it means don’t try to be in a hurry!

  1. Prepare for the bathrooms.

Malaysia has an interesting bathroom situation, sometimes in Kuala Lumpur, and certainly in the rest of the country, and it goes like this: the bathroom amenities can be both squat toilets and Western style toilets, or one or the other. And another note to make is that you can often, like in Europe, pay for access to toilets in malls, high tourist areas, or museums and the like. What does it mean? Not much, except you can practice squatting in your yard with the dog before you leave if it suits you. Only kidding!

  1. Learn the exchange rate.

Malaysia can be an incredibly affordable place to be, but it’s still no reason not to make sure you know exactly how many ringgits equal a dollar. It’s constantly changing so my suggestion to stick to a budget (if that’s what you’re trying to do) is to keep a currency calculator app on your phone that doesn’t require wifi (refer to #7 for further discussion on why). As it is now, it’s a little over 4 ringgit per $1, and you can spend about 10 ringgits on a meal from McDonalds (which is some of the more expensive food available).

If you’re headed to Malaysia for the first time, you’re really in for a treat, and everywhere you turn is another adventure. So don’t waste time on any of these mistakes—take my tips to heart and be prepared early on! It’ll save you a lot of time, money, hassle, and you can get back to what you really want to do—enjoying Malaysia!

Bon voyage!


This post was written by Claire Lovesti; traveler and chief blogger at

All images via shutterstock

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