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

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"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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Peak District Walking Weekender
4th - 6th April 2014
Hayfield, Peak District

Great weekend at Hayfield, with 14 people for our first Walking Weekender of 2014. 

Met up on Friday night at the Royal Hotel at Hayfield (great pub, by the way). Saturday, we split into two groups and headed up onto Kinder Scout. Lunch at Kinder Downfall, then we headed off up to Kinder Gates then across the peat hags and groughs for a bit of a navigation challenge. Headed down off Kinder Low via the Three Knolls and Bowden Bridge. 

Sunday, we did an easier walk to Birch Vale then up onto the fantastic viewpoint of Lantern Pike before dropping down for a drink at the Lantern Pike Inn.

Thanks everyone for a great weekend. 

Next Walking Weekender? Yorkshire Dales Walking Weekender 11th - 13th July.

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Birks Fell (610m)

Summit: Birks Fell - SD919 764
Summit Cairn: 610 metres
Walked: 1st May 2013
Distance: 16 km (10 miles)
Time taken: 7 hours
Start/Finish: Buckden, Upper Wharfedale
Weather: Bright, sunny with a brief shower on the summit ridge; excellent visibility.
Height gain: 410 metres
Map: OL30

Route: From Buckden, we followed the Dales Way alongside the Wharfe to Hubberholme and then Yockenthwaite. We then followed the bridleway up onto Horse Head to reach the gate in the wall along the top of the broad moorland ridge. Views of Pen-y-ghent and beyond were temporarily obscured by low cloud and a brief shower, which soon cleared to superb visibility.

We then turned SE and followed the wall/fence along the top of the broad moorland ridge, rarely dipping below the 600m contour, all the way to Birks Tarn, with short detours to Sugar Loaf and High Coombe Stoop to admire the breath-taking views across Littondale and Wharfedale. The summit of Birks Fells is a small cairn on a slight rise, just to the NW of Birks Tarn, a lonely expanse of water. Beyond Birks Tarn, we continued SE to join the bridleway, which we followed down across Birks Fell to Redmire Farm and back to Buckden for a pint at the Buck Inn.

Much of this walk heads across Open Access land, with indistinct paths in places, and lots of boggy ground and peat hags. Navigation may be difficult in poor weather. I was joined by John and Mark on this walk, who were attending a 'NNAS Silver Award' refresher day up on the fells.

These photos are in order, and the files are named. Copyright Mark Reid 2013

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