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Try a Real Ale Trail this Father’s Day

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Not only is it National Beer Day today but we’ve got Father’s Day just around the corner from us! So here at Sykes HQ, we thought it was only sensible to try and combine to two and come up with the perfect gift for all of those beer aficionado dads out there and settled on the Real Ale Trail! After all, what better way is there to spend a sunny afternoon than journeying between a selection of delightful country pubs and sampling some locally brewed real ales along the way? So if you’re still struggling to think of what to do this Father’s Day, take a look and see if we can tempt you into trying a Real Ale Trail!

The Tarka Rail Ale Trail

When it comes to a real ale trail, you can’t do much better than the Tarka Rail Ale Trail! This popular route goes along the famous Tarka railway line running between Barnstaple and Exeter in Devon, and features the possibility of enjoying a tipple in up to nine stop-offs – you can even stretch it out to eighteen pubs if you visit every single one on the route, so you might want to spread it out over a few days!  Off peak day return tickets from Barnstaple through to Exeter prove to be the best value for money when it comes to making your way along the line and if you manage to collect ten stamps, you’ll be able to claim your Tarka Rail Ale Trail t-shirt!

Transpennine Real Ale Trail

Alternatively, you could head up north and try out some of the best local ale pubs that Lancashire and Yorkshire have to offer with a trip on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail. Featuring on the BBC’s Oz and James Drink to Britain back in 2009, the trail starts off in the town of Stalybridge and runs all the way through to Batley in West Yorkshire. Along the trail, you’ll be able to enjoy a drink in one of the few remaining Victorian Station Buffet Bars, in amongst some quaint country pubs such as The West Riding in Dewsbury and Marsden’s Riverhead Brewery Tap and Dining Room.

But don’t forget these are just a couple of the fantastic real ale trails scattered all over the country so there’s no need to worry if you’re not in the area. Or if you wanted, you could even plot out your own trail by using CAMRA’s What Pub guide to track down the best establishments around. And one final option, if you feel like really spoiling Dad this year, would be to take a look at our wide range of holiday cottages near to pubs so you can enjoy a relaxing break and a couple of pints together!

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Where to find the most beautiful beaches in Ireland

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Ireland’s coastline is home to some truly spectacular beaches but it seems many people living in the UK are still to learn about their charms. A huge 50% of adults polled in our latest research said they didn’t know where to find the most beautiful beaches on Ireland’s 7,500km of coastline.

The beaches of County Kerry came out top overall with a narrow lead, followed closely by County Donegal and County Cork. Explore some of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches in the infographic below.

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Wales’ most beautiful beaches, as voted for by you

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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It’s official: Pembrokeshire is home to Wales’ most beautiful beaches! We asked more than 2,000 adults across the UK where you would find the best beaches in Wales and Pembrokeshire came out top with 21% of the vote.

Welsh respondents were even more enthusiastic about the county, with 40% saying Pembrokeshire is where you’ll find the most beautiful beaches.

However, a huge 33% of people we polled said they had no idea where to find to find the most picturesque spots in the country, suggesting plenty of opportunities to explore!

Take a look at Wales most beautiful beaches in the infographic below.

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And the prize for Scotland’s most beautiful beaches goes to…

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Scotland is a country famed for its natural beauty and its picturesque coastlines are world famous. Our latest research set to find out exactly which area is home to the most beautiful beaches in Scotland based on the opinions of adults across the UK.

Overall, the beaches on the Isle of Skye came out top of the list, as voted for by 12% of those polled, followed by the Orkney Islands (9%) and Shetland Islands (7%). However, Scottish respondents were in disagreement with the rest of the UK, naming Ayrshire and Arran as having the most picturesque spots.

We were surprised to see so many people wouldn’t know where to look to find the best beaches in Scotland, with a huge 42% saying they don’t know. If you’re one of this group, check out the below infographic for more information or, even better, take a trip to explore them yourself!

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Discover England’s most beautiful beaches

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Nothing says summer quite like a trip to the beach – and we certainly have a lot to choose from! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly spot of golden sand, or a long stretch of coastline to stretch your legs, you’ll find it in the UK.

In fact, a huge 92% of us are planning on visiting a beach in the UK this summer, with one in three looking to take an extended stay, our latest survey found.

Our research also looks at where you will find the most beautiful beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland – for those who fancy travelling a little further afield.

Check out the top five for England below and keep your eye out for the results for Scotland, Wales and Ireland. If you’re inspired to take a trip yourself then take a look at our fantastic range of cottages across the UK and Ireland.

England's most beautiful beaches

The Leadership Factor polled 2013 UK adults on behalf of Sykes Cottages in April 2015.

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