Chugging off along the East Lancashire Railway this week is the start of a season of events that form part of the Real Ale Trail – the perfect mix of beer and local history.

Organised guided tours take place from this Friday the 8th of July 2011 until November. Each event lasts 3-4 hours and offers an introductory tour of Bury along with a swift pint at The Trackside. Then step aboard the train for your journey, which includes a commentary of sites of interest by your guide as well as pub stops along the way. A particulary highlight, later in the year, looks to be the Halloween Pale Ale Special – an afternoon of ghostly tales and creepy costumes.

Alternatively explore the boozy of the East Lancashire Railway route at your own pace at a time to suit you by downloading the Real Ale Trail guide.

Keep up-to-date by following on Twitter: @rail_ale

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