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The Black­smiths Arms, Broughton Mills, Cum­bria

A traditional Cum­brian farm­house pub with old oak fur­ni­ture in a small val­ley in the Fur­ness fells. It has a won­der­ful feel­ing of re­mote­ness, even though you’re only five miles from the small town of Broughton on Fur­ness. How to get there The Black­smiths is one mile off the A593 Broughton in Fur­ness to Con­is­ton road in the Lickle Val­ley Re­mote­ness rat­ing 6

(01229 716824; www.the­black­smith­

Tan Hill Inn, Reeth, Rich­mond, Swaledale, North York­shire

Dat­ing back to the 17th cen­tury, this is Bri­tain’s high­est pub, stand­ing at 1,732ft atop the Pen­nine Way. Iso­lated amid beau­ti­ful scenery, it gen­er­ates its own elec­tric­ity and is fa­mous for hearty dishes, but it can be cut off by bad win­ter weather. How to get there 45 min­utes from Rich­mond, less than 30 min­utes from Hawes

in Wens­ley­dale and 30 min­utes from the A66 be­tween Cum­bria and Co Durham Re­mote­ness rat­ing 7

(01833 628246; http://tan­

Mars­den Grotto, Mars­den, South Shields, Tyne and Wear

Bar/restau­rant in an old cave, with an ex­ten­sion (with heated ter­race) built out onto the beach. The cave was en­larged in 1782 by a lead miner, Jack Bates, who turned it into a home and be­came a smug­gler, of­fer­ing re­fresh­ments to other smug­glers. It was ex­tended and turned into an inn in the 19th cen­tury and al­most de­stroyed by a cliff fall in 1865. It has changed hands and been re­fur­bished many times since and is re­puted to be haunted by a mur­dered smug­gler, John the Jib­ber. How to get there By lift, housed in a brick shaft ris­ing from the front of the build­ing, down the cliff from the car park or via a zigzag stair­case on the cliff at the side of the build­ing Re­mote­ness rat­ing 5

(0191– 455 6060)

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