The Inn Way... series of walking guide books by Mark Reid offer an enjoyable and unique approach to discovering the wonderful countryside of England’s North Country... as well as its wealth of hidden and unspoilt pubs.

The Inn Way - the Ultimate Pub Walks

Discover for yourself the rich and varied landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, North York Moors, Northumberland and Peak District. Inspirational landscapes, beautiful villages, local food and drink, history and heritage, classic country pubs - it's what walking is all about.

Inn to Inn walking holidays

Spend several days walking from pub to pub through spectacular landscapes, travelling slowly and gently on foot, which allows more time to savour the special qualities that make these areas unique.

The Inn Way... to the Yorkshire Dales
76 miles, 6 days, 26 pubs

The Inn Way... to the Peak District
84 miles, 6 days, 51 pubs

The Inn Way... to the North York Moors
89 miles, 6 days, 31 pubs

The Inn Way... to the English Lake District
90 miles, 7 days, 44 pubs

The Inn Way... to Northumberland
94 miles, 6 days, 48 pubs

"His guides fuse local history, geography and geology with crystal-clear navigation."
The Sunday Times

"The latest book by acclaimed rambling scribe Mark Reid, it once again draws upon his extensive knowledge of the North Country's footpaths, historic villages and premiership boozers."
The Guardian

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Social Hiking, as it should be!


Evening entertainment (including pub quiz), guided walks with Mark Reid, goodie bag & T-shirt, plus much more...

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Hill Skills & Outdoor Adventures


  • 1-day Map Reading courses
  • Navigation Skills weekends (NNAS)
  • Hill & Mountain Skills (Mountain Training)
  • Outdoor Adventure Weekends
  • Guided Mountain Walks
  • Corporate Team Events
  • Charity Challenge Walks

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A Breath of Fresh Air - TV walks

Join Mark Reid and Jon Mitchell as they stride out each month through Yorkshire's wonderful countryside for a Breath of Fresh Air, ITV Yorkshire's monthly TV walk.

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Lake District backpacking trip


Lake District weekend backpacking trip
24th & 25th January 2015

Grasmere - Great Langdale

On Saturday five of us left our cars at the Travellers Rest at Grasmere and walked over to Great Langdale via Easedale Tarn, Blea Rigg and Stickle Tarn. The weather was dry, clear but with a cold wind and snow patches underfoot, although the snow was avoidable. We thought about wild camping at Stickle Tarn but the only suitable spot was beside the tarn outflow, and it was quite icy and very exposed, so we opted instead for the Great Langdale campsite, with some night navigation to get down there from Stickle Tarn!

On our way down we spotted a stationary flashing head-torch light on the summit of Side Pike, so after watching it for about 15 minutes I called mountain rescue to report it as it just may have been someone in trouble... no news on the mountain rescue website, so we're non the wiser as to whether there was someone in trouble.

The campsite was positively tropical compared to Stickle Tarn, so we pitched up, ate dinner then headed to the ODG where there was a lively Irish folk band playing and a roaring log fire (also Old Peculier on tap!).

On Sunday, we decided to head up onto Side Pike, which is a fantastic 'mini mountain' with easy scrambling, impressive crags and a narrow cleft of rock to squeeze through (Fat Man's Agony) in order to continue on to Lingmoor Fell. Progress was slow because of rain, heavy rucksacks and quite difficult terrain, so beyond Side Pike we dropped back down into Great Langdale via some dense juniper bushes to join the Cumbria Way path at Oak Howe. We then climbed back over to Grasmere from Chapel Stile, skirting below Silver How. Another great weekend in the Lakes, albeit very wet!

If you arrive on foot at the National Trust campsite at Great Langdale, then camping is only £3.50 per person - bargain!

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High Seat (709m)
Gregory Chapel / Archy Styrigg (695m)
Hugh Seat (689m) 

Summit: High Seat - NY 802 012
Summit Cairn: 709 metres
Walked: 17th & 18th May 2014
Distance: 21.2 km (13.2 miles)
Time taken: 2 days (wild camp on summit)
Start/Finish: Kirkby Stephen station / Gardale Station
Weather: Warm, sunny, dry but windy. 
Height gain: 560 metres
Map: OL19

Route: Linear walk from Kirkby Stephen station to Garsdale Station via Nateby, Thringill, Bells, High Seat, Gregory Chapel, Eden Springs, Hugh Seat, Hell Gill, High Way, Moorcock Inn, Garsdale Station.

Two superb days of warm, dry weather. The walk from High Seat to Hugh Seat is one of the best in England, certainly the finest walk I've done for a long time. This area is as remote and wild as it gets in England, with nothing but hills as far as the eye can see (including all seven 700m mountains/fells in the Yorkshire Dales). En route we passed Eden Springs, the source of the River Eden, as well as the sources of the rivers Swale and Ure - this is the watershed of England too. The views are magnificent, and the sense of space overwhelming.

Much of this walk heads across Open Access land, with indistinct paths in places. Navigation may be difficult in poor weather. I walked this route with my 8-year old son and a friend of mine with his two sons. NB: In England and Wales all land is privately owned, and wild camping is not permitted unless with the permission of the land owner. That said, it is a tolerated tradition in the mountains as long as you camp late, leave early and leave absolutely no trace of your presence. 

These photos are in order, and the files are named. Copyright Mark Reid 2014

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