A Really Pleasant Day on the East Lancs Railway – Steam Rail Pub Crawl!

19th September, 2011 – 12:30 pm

If you’ve seen any other page on this site you’ll be aware I like nothing better that a pubcrawl.  The never-grown-up-kid in me quite likes trains too.  Add the two together and you have a Rail Ale Trail!

Now – throw in a steam train and you have something really special!  So here is my (unofficial) version of the ELR Rail Ale Trail.  The ELR folk do actually run guided tours – this route is based around their leaflet with some tweaks with a number of stops on the Metro with some varying degrees of pub quality!   We took the trip on a blue weekend – if you want to follow my timings ensure you check on their very well designed calendar – if you’re doing this in the summer there are more services so it might not have to be such an early start!!!

STOP 1 – Manchester to Bury Bolton Street (get off the tram at Bury Interchange and walk 5 mins to the ELR) 2 Bury Bolton Street

 DEPART (we started at East Didsbury but Manchester times below):  

  • EDY at 0855hrs
  • Leave MAN at 0933hrs
  • Leave VIC at 0941hrs

ARRIVE: 1017hrs 

TRAM TICKET: £6.30 East Didsbury buy a system one Train and Tram One Day

ELR TICKET:  If you’re not going to Heywood buy a Rawtenstall return £8.90 


STOP2  – Rawtenstall

ARRIVE: 1114hrs

DEPART: 1310hrs



Riverside Inn – 5 mins walk

51 Bury Road

Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 6DD

01706 225 111


STOP3  – Ramsbottom  (no pub at Irwell Vale)

ARRIVE: 1326hrs

DEPART: 1421hrs

1040 Full Line Adult Return: £12.50 3 Rawtenstall 1114 1310 Riverside Inn – 5 mins walk



Royal Oak - 39 Bridge Street

Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AD

0871 261 1516


The Railway Inn is another option but Royal Oak (now called The Oaks?) is a better option by all accounts but was closed due to a fire the night before when we visited!


STOP4  – Sumerseat

ARRIVE: 1426hrs

DEPART: 1606hrs



Footballers Inn

28 Higher Summerseat

Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9UG

0120488 3363


Hamers Arms opp Footballers Inn


STOP5  – Bury Bolton Street

ARRIVE: 1615hrs

DEPART: trams every 15 mins or so – so whenever you like!

1040 Full Line Adult Return: £12.50 3 Rawtenstall 1114 1310 Riverside Inn – 5 mins walk



The Trackside

Bolton Street Station

Bolton Street



0161 764 6461




The Two Tubs

19, The Wylde




0161 7644773


STOP6  – Whitefield

Cross Keys Pub

24 Lily Hill Street

Whitefield, Manchester M45 7JB

0161 280 9229

STOP7  – Besses o’ th’ Barn

The Coach and Horses

71, Bury Old Road, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 6TB”    “The Beehive Inn

98 Bury New Road

Besses O Th Barn


M45 6AW

t: 0161 7668410


STOP8  – Prestwich

Forresters Arms

444 Bury New Rd




STOP9  – Heaton Park (unfortunately we skipped this one due to time)

Royal Oak

23 Whittaker Lane

Heaton Park



M25 1FX


STOP10  – Bowker Vale

Cheers Bar

281 Middleton Road


M8 4LY

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