Rail Ale Trail:
Hike for your Hops Grade 4Does chugging through lush valleys and pretty villages, stopping at some of the finest drinking establishments enroute 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!
The tours include an unlimited travel ticket for the East Lancashire Railway, a Blue or Green Badge Guided tour lasting approximately 5 hours, a bottle of ale or beer sampling and lunch. Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.
Rail Ale Trail Guided Tours run on selected dates throughout the year and are a full day experience priced at £41.50 per person for 2019, with 25 people on each tour. The day will start at finish as Bury Bolton Street Station, 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.
Grade Amount/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.
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.
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.