268 miles as the Grouse flies ...

Craig Blackburn, manager of The Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm and Linda Bell, chief barmaid toast the hotel's success in being included in the Famous Grouse Famous Pubs awards.
Craig Blackburn, manager of The Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm and Linda Bell, chief barmaid toast the hotel's success in being included in the Famous Grouse Famous Pubs awards.

YOU have to walk 268 miles to get it – but there’s free beer at the Border Hotel at Kirk Yetholm.

In a tradition started by well-known walker Alfred Wainwright, those making the hike along the Pennine Way from Edale to Yetholm can quaff their drink without charge.

And that quirkiness has landed the Border Hotel a place in The Famous Grouse Famous Pubs list.

The whisky giants took three months to compile the list, which includes the Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool – once the haunt of the Beatles – and The Bell Inn at Chippenham, home to the finishing line of the wrong-way-round bike race.

Scottish pubs making the list include the Oxford Bar in Edinburgh, the drinking den of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus; Robert Burns’ favourite haunt The Globe Inn at Dumfries and The Old Forge at Inverie –the remotest pub on the British mainland which can only be reached a 30-minute boat trip or a two-day hike.

The Border Hotel was built in 1750 as a coaching inn when it was known as the Grey Horse.

Photograph: alastair watson