After seeing this on the TV programme Keeping Britain On Track, summer of madness I thought I just had to do it.
Four of us (two couples) Got the train from Stoke-On-Trent to Manchester piccadilly. Had breakfast at the Weatherspoons round the corner from the station.
Then set off on the Transpennine northern rail to Batley.
Wanted to get there about 11.00am but had a problem in Stoke getting tickets and ended up paying twice due to being stung by the Trainline.com.
So we didn't get there until 12:00, but this seemed to workout fine as we approached each pub on the journey the crowds seems to just be leaving so always got served quick. Either that or they knew that we were coming.
Enjoyed all the pubs we visited and never had a bad pint all day and at £2:80 a pint, result :-)
Because we were running late and a longer stop than planned in Huddersfield we missed out on Greenfield and Stalybridge, so they will be done on the next one.
A group of lads who were on the train and have done this before were saying that they miss out Batley and start in Hudders and I will maybe do this next time.
The only pub I wasn't impressed with was the Navigation in Mirfield, beer was good but the pub itself was a bit rundown and outside was a mess.
By the time we got back to Stoke we worked out that I'de had 12 pints and the next morning no hangover whatsoever, unlike the feeling of death after a Lager binge.
Iv'e just become a real ale fan thanks to this great day out, made better that the weather was hot and sunny.
I would recommend this day out will be doing this again soon.
Hail The Ale
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