As UK hotels become more expensive, visitors look for good value alternatives. Coaching inns are natural candidates. Our favourites are all surrounded by wonderful, unspoilt countryside, and most have been welcoming travellers since the days of horse-drawn carriages.
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Denbighshire, North Wales
Unspoilt traditional 16th century inn with superb food in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountain.
Classic and atmospheric Lakeland village inn, next to Beatrix Potter's former home. Good local food and ales, just four rooms, fine walks from the door. A mile from Lake Windemere.
A magnet for walkers looking for tranquillity, an informal coastal gastropub with simple accommodation, full of character.
near Gosforth, Cumbria
Famous climbing inn at the head of Wasdale, spectacularly sited below Scafell Pike with magnificent views. Hearty food and simple but comfortable rooms. Self catering available.
Imaginatively updated 16th-century coaching inn with tasteful modern bedrooms, a chill out 'Bothy' for residents, and fine bistro fare.
Relaxed pub, restaurant and lovely rooms in a lodge with bags of character, on the edge of the North Yorks Moors. Thatched, old beams and inspired cooking. Plenty to do. Stress busting.
near Harrogate, Yorkshire
Michelin-starred food at this superb traditional village inn in the rolling Dales. Cosy, contemporary and traditional rooms, elegant public areas, and great walking outside.