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The Rail Ale Trail

East Lancs Railway wins pun of the week award

Published on June 6th 2011.

The Rail Ale Trail

EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY that runs up the Irwell Valley from Bury are offering two types of Rail Ale Trails (ho, ho).

Guests will discover hidden gems, visit a traditional pub and micro-brewery, and experience beer delivery the traditional way from the Phoenix Brewery in Heywood and Irwell Works in Ramsbottom.

A downloadable version ‘takes you on a journey to discover some of the Irwell Valley’s most beautiful locations and exceptional pubs, all linked together by the railway'.

The press release says, 'Whether you are an ale enthusiast, lover of a good pint of bitter or a tee-totaller, you will find something to suit your taste buds at every station along the route’. The tee-total mention must for those who want to visit the last remaining temperance bar in the country – Fitzpatrick’e Herbal Health.

There are also organised guided tours with a professionally qualified tour guide. The tours start at The Trackside pub at Bury station unless otherwise stated, and last approximately 4 hours. Minimum group size is 10 people, maximum group size is 25.

The tour costs £19.50 per person and includes: return trip on the East Lancashire Railway; guided tour by a qualified tour guide; a bottle of ELR ale.

The first tour is on Sunday 19th June 2011 for a Father’s Day Special.

Tour one starts at 11.30am to Ramsbottom return, tour two starts at noon to Summerseat return, both from The Trackside, Platform 2, Bury Station, Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 0EY. To book call 0161 764 7790.

The bibulous idea is being launched to the press on Friday 10 June between 1pm-4pm. The event will be hosted by Pete Waterman OBE, President of the East Lancashire Railway (and music maestro behind Steps, Kylie and others) and Paul Simpson, Chief Executive of Visit Manchester.

There will be a Guided Rail Ale Tour on board the steam train from Bury to Ramsbottom and guests will discover hidden gems, visit a traditional pub and micro-brewery, and experience beer delivery the traditional way from the Phoenix Brewery in Heywood and Irwell Works in Ramsbottom. There’ll even be Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band – live. 

To reserve a place email  Chris.Arnold@east-lancs-rly.co.uk or phone 0161 763 4340 by Wednesday 8th June 2011. 


There's another pub tour happening in town as well, run by Jonathan Schofield, the Confidential editor, call 07876235638 to book.

Pub Walk - A Midsummer Night's Drink
Tuesday 21 June 2011 - 6pm
Four pubs, plus a silly quiz of ten questions based on what's been said on the tour  - and then a local prize bonanza for the winners. This is the classic pub tour of Manchester visiting some superb pubs on the longest day of the year. There'll be laughter and beers (or wine and coke) and extraordinary tales. Walk starts at 6pm from the Briton's Protection pub at the junction of Great Bridgewater Street and Lower Mosley Street. Price £6 (you'll have get your own drinks, but the stories, prizes, fun and organisation comes in the price). These can be organised as corporate events as well and have been enjoyed by many Manchester and North West companies and professionals.

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