Join us for a RambAle in 2018

Sheffield is not only blessed with a great number of innovative breweries, producing delicious beers with numerous and varied pubs to enjoy drinking them in, it also has many green spaces within its boundaries and surrounding it to the south and west. Many of these areas and villages have great pubs in them and all are worth visiting. We are also lucky to still have within the city a public transport system that will get you there and back.

Although we as a branch have organised bus trips to many of these pubs – usually on our way to present one of them with an award – these are limited. To supplement them we are continuing our RambAles; a series of roughly monthly led walks in the countryside surrounding Sheffield visiting a number of pubs for a drink whilst enjoying a not-too-strenuous walk.

We hope that people won’t find the walks too long or too difficult and most will feature a number of drop-out points where people can leave and make their own way back, by bus or train, to Sheffield if they don’t fancy doing the whole walk or want to stay for another drink in a particular pub. These will also provide joining points for any latecomers. Some timings and fares will be given in the walks listing. Any late changes will also be shown on the branch website, future editions of Beer Matters or by contacting the walk leader on 07842 530128.

Everyone is welcome to join us on one of these walks but they are advised to come suitably equipped for the day’s walking, which may be rough, wet and muddy in places, especially at this time of year. You should also come prepared for the possibility of changeable and inclement weather. In most cases you will also need to bring (or be able to buy) sufficient food and drink for yourself for the day.

We hope you can join us on one or more of our RambAles!

The first RambAle of the year will take place on Saturday 31 March and will be a walk of roughly 4 miles taking in Bradwell, Castleton and Hope. We are aiming to catch the 10:45 272 (FirstBus) from Sheffield Interchange as far as Bradwell (arriving around 11:40). We shall walk over to Castleton for a choice of pubs and lunchtime bites, before following field paths back to Hope, in time for the Old Hall Hotel‘s first Beer Festival of 2018. There is a choice of buses or trains back from there.

Malcolm Dixon

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