Winster and Birchover
This is our first walk from our new book, CAMRA’s Peak District Pub Walks, “an indispensable guide to the scenic highlights and some of the best pubs of the region”.
We tweaked walk 19 slightly by starting in Birchover instead of Winster - both villages owe their existence, at least in part, to lead mining and quarrying.
The walk includes a detour, if you wish to take it, to Robin Hood’s Stride, a rock formation on the Limestone Way. The formation features in an episode of The Return of Sherlock Holmes and the 1987 film The Princess Bride.
Pubs on the walk include:
Druid Inn, Birchover - “If you are seeking locally sourced food cooked with care and passion or a pint of well kept beer after a long walk in the Peak District, then The Druid Inn is the perfect choice.”
Red Lion, Birchover - “a traditional Peak District pub offering good quality food, real ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.” The Red Lion isn’t listed in the guide but as they were serving an IPA called Robin Hoods Stride, brewed on site (Birchover Brewery), we decided it was fate and finished the walk there.
Miners Standard, Winster - “Named after the dish traditionally used by miners to measure lead ore, this wayside inn sits at the top brink of the village of Winster.”
Old Bowling Green, Winster - “situated in the picturesque Derbyshire village of Winster, high in the hills of the Peak District National Park. This charming old pub, which dates back to 1472, is a privately owned traditional free house, offering good food, fine wines, and a range of real ales.”
Distance: around 5.5 miles. For the full route map tap or click here.