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Trip to Bolton 2018


Five members met at Lancaster Railway Station and met chaos, overhead down between Lancaster and Carnforth, trains cancelled, but a train for Preston arrived at 1150, which nicely continued to Bolton, so we only arrived 30 minutes later than planned. Nice dry, sunny day, but with a cold bitter wind. We started at the Great Ale at the Market, meeting Pat, our jovial local beer man and guide. Nice bar, in the market, I think my favourite, food available from other stalls, and like everywhere else, the locals were very friendly as it should be, advising the party on other good pubs, etc. We continued to the Great Ale at the Vaults, in the old market, now an upmarket shopping centre and more expensive. A shortest walk to Churchgate and a look in the Old Man & Scythe, the oldest pub in town with claims to be haunted. Across the road was Hogarths, where beer is still brewed. We picked up the 125 bus on Deansgate, to Bunbury’s micro pub, the local Pub of the Year, great pub with Rammy Craft Export Brown Ale on draught at 7.2% Back on the 125 and over the hills to Horwich and the Bank Top Brewery Bar, eight of their beers were available. Continuing on the 125 to the Blackedge Brewery Bar, and onto Chorley, just in time to catch the delayed 1824 train back to Lancaster. A most enjoyable day.