Hawkshead has impressive literary links – William Wordsworth attended the local grammar school, and Beatrix Potter lived just up the road. The 17th-century Queen’s Head on the village’s main street is a stone’s throw from Esthwaite Water and surrounded by fells and forests. Behind the pub’s flower-bedecked exterior, low oak-beamed ceilings, wood-panelled walls, slate floors and welcoming fires create a relaxed, traditional setting. Ales include Hartleys Cumbria Way and Robinsons Double Hop, and nearly a dozen wines are served by the glass. Local suppliers are proudly listed on the menu, which brims with their fresh, quality ingredients. At lunchtime, sandwiches such as steak and blue cheese with red onion marmalade refuel the ramblers. In the evening you might start with beetroot-cured salmon and horseradish mayonnaise; or king scallops, black pudding and apple purée; and continue with slow-cooked milk-fed Lakeland lamb shoulder, rosemary-infused creamed potatoes, burnt onion, chantenay carrots, mint and redcurrant jus. Coconut and tonka bean pannacotta could be one of the desserts.