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Rail Ale Trail
Rail Ale Trail


Does chugging through lush valleys and pretty villages, stopping at some of the finest drinking establishments en route to sample a pint of locally brewed ale sound like the ideal way to spend a day? Then embark on a Rail Ale Trail and explore the fascinating history, heritage and hops that the area is home to!

What's included?

The tours include an unlimited travel ticket for the East Lancashire Railway, a Blue or Green Badge Guided tour lasting the full day, 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 £41.50 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
08/06/2019 Saturday Hike for Your Hops 4 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
14/06/2019 Friday Father's Day Special 1 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
15/06/2019 Saturday Father's Day Special 1 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
22/06/2019 Saturday Rawtenstall & Ramsbottom 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
13/07/2019 Saturday Summerseat & Ramsbottom 3 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
19/07/2019 Friday Pies & Pints 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
20/07/2019 Saturday Full Line Special 3 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
02/08/2019 Friday Rawtenstall & Ramsbottom 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
10/08/2019 Saturday Pies & Pints 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
16/08/2019 Friday Sampling Special 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
31/08/2019 Saturday Burrs Country Park & Ramsbottom 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
14/09/2019 Saturday Hike for Your Hops 4 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
20/09/2019 Friday Pies & Pints 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
28/09/2019 Saturday Summerseat & Ramsbottom 3 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
12/10/2019 Saturday Pies & Pints 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
26/10/2019 Saturday Rawtenstall & Ramsbottom 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 
23/11/2019 Saturday Lancashire Day Ales & Tales 2 £41.50 BOOK NOW 


Important Information

The East Lancashire Railway aims to provide a quality experience for all participants by offering a maximum of 25 places per tour. Themed tours are available throughout the year and pre-booking is essential. All tours include a set meal at a local establishment for lunch. Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking. Lunch venue is subject to change. Tours start and finish at Bury Bolton Street Station and participants can use their ticket to travel on the line throughout the day. Tours do not stay on the train for the duration and 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 stories, history and heritage of the local area, its brewing traditions and the people who have shaped the area over the centuries. Whilst dogs are allowed on the train they may not be permitted in the pubs, therefore, aside from Guide Dogs, we do not recommend bringing pets along on the tour. Please note that hen and stag parties are prohibited on the Rail Ale Trail 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…

  • I went on the Pies & Pints Ale Trail. It was a fantastic trip & the guide was excellent. He gave us a really good history of all the different sites & towns but kept it interesting & humorous.

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