THE KEIGHLEY and Worth Valley Railway is not only a great way to travel but also a great place to sample real ale.

This year sees the famous heritage railway launch a new Steam and Ale Trail over the Bank Holiday weekend from May 28 to 30.

The new event is the result of the hugely popular Beer and Music Festival which takes place in October.

The Steam and Ale Trail is a five-mile-long ale trail where you hop off at each station to enjoy a pint of fine Yorkshire ale from a selection of local breweries.

With over 40 beers to choose from you can visit each station where each different brewery will be bringing their brewery bars, and you can choose from their range of beers. We are proud to be working with Old Spot Brewery, Goose Eye Brewery and Bridgehouse Brewery to name a few.

So whether you are looking for fruity pale ale, a traditional bitter or beautiful rich porter, we are sure you will find something to tickle your taste buds.

If you fancy coming along but you’re not an ale lover don’t panic, we have the Real Cider Company attending each station where you can enjoy a pint of real cider or choose from the selection of bottled ciders.

For those who don’t like drinking from a pint glass you can enjoy a glass of wine, available at all stations, or visit Oakworth and sample our Railway Children-themed cocktails, evoking memories of the famous film!

Don’t forget about the on-train bar. If you fancy resting your weary feet, jump aboard, sit back and relax with a pint and watch the world go. Then hop back off and continue along the ale trail.

When you start to feel peckish you will find a variety of catering available at Keighley, Ingrow, Haworth and Oxenhope stations.

So have a break, fill your stomach and jump back on the train to the next bar. You also have no excuse if the sun isn’t shining as you will find indoor seating at Ingrow and Oxenhope.

On the run-up to the Steam and Ale Trail weekend we are offering for a limited time buy-one-get-one-half-price tickets.

Call 01535 645214 to book the special-of the tickets.

To make the most out of the day and to make sure you don’t miss anything why not buy an Early Bird Rover ticket for £18.50?

With this you can travel all day and visit each bar as many times as you like. For the real ale enthusiasts buy an Early Bird three-day Rover ticket for £36, that way you can just keep coming back.

Visit for full details of prices and timetables.

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