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!