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East Lancashire Railway's Rail Ale Tours, Rail Ale Trail

East Lancashire Railway's Rail Ale Tours

Whether you're an ale drinker or prefer a good bottle of continental beer; whether you fancy some entertainment onboard or want to combine your pub crawl with a countryside walk, a Rail Ale Tour on the East Lancashire Railway is for you.

The heritage railway is surrounded by rolling green hills, great real ale pubs and a good number of micro-breweries – a guided tour is a great way to explore its attractions, and try some outstanding local beers.

The Guided Tours

If you want to get to know your ‘Pilsner’ from your ‘Witbier’ then the Continental Beer Sampling Tour together with The First Chop in Ramsbottom will be right up your street.

Or dust off your walking boots and enjoy a walking tour along part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail (UK’s largest outdoor sculpture route) which includes a traditional workers' picnic with a Lancashire cheese 'door-stopper' sandwich and a bottle of real ale, before continuing your pub crawl in the picturesque town of Ramsbottom.

If you enjoy a bit of live music with your beer, then get yourself a place on the Beer ‘n’ Songs Tour. Whet your whistle with ale as you embark on a musical meander around Summerseat and Ramsbottom with the 'man with the guitar'. A unique tour accompanied by Lancashire folklore, wit and songs.

Some truly terrific transportation will see you travelling by steam train to Rawtenstall via Ramsbottom, where a vintage Rawtenstall Tiger Bus 58 completes your journey to local micro-brewery Rossendale Brewery for a tour and some serious ale supping.

Prices and Dates

Tours cost £21.50-£26.50, including a return trip on a heritage steam train, a tour by a professional tour guide with plenty of stories about local history and people, a bottle of beer to take away, and some beer sampling or a picnic, depending on the tour you’ve picked.

Dates for the new tours are: Continental Beer Sampling (Saturday 26th May 2012, 12 – 4pm), Irwell Sculpture Trail Lancashire Picnic (Saturday 30th June 2012, 11.30am – 4pm), Beer-n-Songs (Saturday 14th July 2012, 12 – 4pm) and Special Rail Ale Tour on the Rawtenstall Tiger (Saturday 4th August 2012, 12 – 4pm)

Places are limited and pre-booking is recommended.

Book your tour online or phone 0161 764 7790 (lines are open daily 10am – 4pm) quoting Confidential.

Rail Ale Trail Tickets

Trains run every weekend throughout the year plus Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between April and September. Please check the East Lancashire Rail timetable.

Do the trail in your own time

Download the free Rail Ale Trail guide and get going with your other half, friends or family. You can start and finish the trail at any ELR station.

Just buy a full line return ticket at the station – it lets you hop on and off the train as often as you like.

  • Family Full Line Return (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £34
  • Adult Full Line Return: Green Timetable £10.20, Weekend £13
  • Concession Full Line Return: Green Timetable £8.30, Weekend £11
  • Child Full Line Return: Green Timetable £6.50, Weekend £8.40

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