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Rail Ale Trail
Rail Ale Trail

Embark on a Rail Ale Trail and take a voyage of discovery to explore some the Irwell Valley’s most beautiful locations and excellent pubs.

Rail Ale Trail Guided Tours provide a structured day out accompanied by a professional Blue Badge Tour Guide. Listen to stories that have stood the test of time, including that of illegal brewing, rebellious landlords who come back from the grave and a mill empire that would have made Lord Alan Sugar jealous, all whilst sampling local ales at some of the best pubs and bars in the area!

What's included?

The tours include an unlimited travel ticket for the East Lancashire Railway, a Blue or Green Badge Guided tour lasting approximately 4 – 5 hours, a bottle of ale or beer sampling and lunch.

Dates, Times & Prices

Rail Ale Trail Guided Tours run on selected dates throughout the year and are a full day experience priced at £39.95 per person.

GradeAmount/Type of Walking
0 No walking required. 
1 Walking on pavements in local villages
2 Walking 10 – 20 minutes on pavements between pubs. and hills in local villages
3 Strenuous walking 20 – 30 minutes between pubs, walking on pavements uphill, muddy track through woods, good grip boots/shoes required.
4 Hiking involved, hiking boots required. Steep hills and muddy tracks. 20 minutes – 1 hour walk between pubs.
DateDay of the WeekName of TourGradePriceBook
9th June 2018 Saturday Pies & Pints 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
16th June 2018 Saturday Father's Day Special 1 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
17th June 2018 Sunday Father's Day Special 1 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
23rd June 2018 Saturday Summerseat & Ramsbottom 3 £39.95 BOOK NOW
30th June 2018 Saturday Hike for your Hops 4 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
14th July 2018 Saturday Rawtenstall & Ramsbottom 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
20th July 2018 Friday Best of Local Ales 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
21st July 2018 Saturday Full Line Special 3 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
11th August 2018 Saturday Beer Sampling 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
17th August 2018 Friday Best of Local Ales 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
25th August 2018 Saturday Hike for your Hops 4 £39.95 BOOK NOW
1st September 2018 Saturday Summerseat & Ramsbottom 3 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
8th September 2018 Saturday Ales on the Trails: Beer Festival Special 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
9th September 2018 Sunday Ales on the Trails: Beer Festival Special 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
15th September 2018 Saturday Summerseat & Ramsbottom 3 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
29th September 2018 Saturday Rawtenstall & Ramsbottom 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
13th October 2018 Saturday Pies & Pints 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
27th October 2018 Saturday Rawtenstall & Ramsbottom 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW 
17th November 2018 Saturday Lancashire Ales & Tales 2 £39.95 BOOK NOW

 

Important Information

The East Lancashire Railway aims to provide a quality experience for all participants by offering a maximum of 26 places per tour. Themed tours are available throughout the year and pre-booking is essential. The tours start and finish at Bury Bolton Street Station with the option to continue the journey on the railway after the tour. All tours require some form of walking, whether that’s the short, level walk from the station to the pub or a more strenuous walk around some of the local scenery, please read each individual tour description carefully. Due to the varied terrains on which the tours take place visitors with mobility difficulties are asked to contact the railway prior to booking to discuss individual requirements and tailored tour itineraries.

All tours focus on the history and heritage of the local area, its brewing traditions and the people who shaped them over the centuries. Please note that hen and stag parties are prohibited on the guided tours. Tours are suitable for visitors aged 18 years + only. The East Lancashire Railway reserves the right to refuse entry and travel to any customers who join the tour as part of a stag or hen party, or are too heavily under the influence of alcohol.

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Our visitors say…

  • Running from Heywood to the south to the main hub at Bury Bolton Street the line then continues to Rawtenstall via the pretty and trendy town of Ramsbottom where there are many fine restaurants , pubs (and even breweries) many of which feature on the Rail Ale Trail.

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  • Gift vouchers for every occasion
  • Photo: Free bottle of local ale!
    Rail Ale Trail

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