Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pints and Sweets... a wonderful addition to any hike

What is essential to every hike is some indulgent sweets and satisfying suds. Luckily I found some great ones while talking to friends and reading Country Walking (which actually has some amazing walks).

  • Kendal Mint Cakes: Think of it as energy bars from the mid-19th Century (and still to this day a mothers worst nightmare). It's pretty much sugar flavored with peppermint oil. It is still given to Irish Defense Forces as part of their 24-hour ration pack!
  • Grasmere Gingerbread: I do not even like gingerbread, but everyone says the Grasmere gingerbread is outta this world. I just so happen to be staying in the area, so coupled with a nice glass of milk I am sure this will please!
  • Hesket Newmarket Brewery: Local ales are always a plus, and they have a Helvellyn Gold which may be the proper pint to cap off the day I climb the mountain by the same name :)
Pubs (apparently) known for their selection of local ales in the Lake District. I hope to stop at one or two of these to sample their fare:
  • Sheperds Arms Hotel (Ennerdale Bridge)
  • Fox & Hounds Inn (Ennerdale Bridge)
  • Bridge Hotel (Buttermere)
  • Fish Hotel (Buttermere)
  • Honister's Yew Tree (Seatoller)
  • Borrowdale Hotel (Borrowdale)
  • Red Lion Hotel (Grasmere)
  • Wordsworth Hotel (Grasmere)
  • White Lion Inn (Patterdale)

mint cake photo from and the pint glass from

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