The Yorkshire Ale Trail
The Yorkshire Ale Trail highlights over 30 places to enjoy a pint of ale as you explore the UK’s largest county by car working up a thirst as you take in the sights.
- Taste Yorkshire’s best beers
- Stay in historic pubs
- Visit Yorkshire’s best breweries
- See Britain’s largest county
With its extensive coastline, mysterious moors, patchwork of dales and historic market towns, Yorkshire offers endless possibilities for ale explorers who like to go on a road trip. The clever marketing people at Visit Yorkshire have put together the Yorkshire Ale Trail which highlights over 30 popular drinking holes and breweries to visit as you criss-cross this vast county. Some of the recommended places to stop off and have a pint include:
The West Riding Refreshment Rooms, Dewsbury Train Station
Situated in the original 1848 italiante/Tudor waiting rooms on Platform 2 at Dewsbury Station, The West Riding Refreshment Rooms also feature as one of the stops on the popular Transpennine Ale Trail. They’re passionate about cask ale here and they like to entertain too. From April to September, there’s live music on platform 3. Visit for Pie Night to eat meat and potato pie with peas.
Black Sheep Brewery
Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in the brewing town of Masham, the Black Sheep Brewery offers guided tours. Go along to taste their ales but also to find out about how they are made. The brewery has its own Bar & Bistro so after a day of sight-seeing, sit down to a Yorkshire supper and a pint.
The Royal Oak at Ripon
The Royal Oak in Ripon is an eighteenth century coaching inn with 6 rooms situated less than 150 yards away from Ripon Cathedral. With cask ales and delicious food, it makes a good base from which to explore the region. Ripley Castle is 7 miles from the property. The town of Thirsk can be reached in 20 minutes by car, whilst the entrance to the Yorkshire Dale National Park is 15 miles away.
The Woolly Sheep in Skipton
In the thriving market town of Skipton, The Woolly Sheep Inn has it all – great beer, comfortable rooms and it’s on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales. With nearby Skipton castle and a range of shops and restaurants all within easy walking distance, Skipton is an excellent choice for ale explorers interested in shopping, markets and castles.
The Foresters Arms near Leyburn
A traditional gem of a Yorkshire Dales pub near Leyburn, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The pub was rescued by the community in 2011, so it’s good to support them when visiting the region. With its open fires providing warmth for walkers in the winter, cask ales and locally produced food, it’s a cosy place to retreat to after a day in the Dales.
- Download the map for the Delicious Yorkshire Ale Trail before you go
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