Snowdonia Real Ale TrailBlaenau-Ffestiniog, Snowdonia
Snowdonia Real Ale Trail, Conwy, Snowdonia
ravelling through the stunning towns and villages of Snowdonia National Park, some say the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail is the most beautiful of all our Trails. We couldn’t possible comment!
You can start and finish anywhere on the route at any time. Buses arrive every 30 minutes at each pub from 11am to 11pm. The Real Ale Trail Shuttle takes you to visit Blaenau‘s finest watering hole all the way to Criccieth, stopping off in interesting places like Porthmadog, Ffestiniog, Maentwrog, Talsarnau, and Tremadog along the way.
Tickets are £15 in advance, £18 on the day available from all participating pubs from August and online.
The Back Story
The first Real Ale Trail was in North East Wales in the County of Flintshire back in 2010. North Wales ambitious marketeer Shelly Barratt gathered an idea on how to bring new customers to a number of small local rural pubs which were in real danger of closing down widely due to their location and a change in entertainment habits. What she didn’t realise at the time is how loved the event would be and just how popular it would become.
The first ever event eight years ago was small, the buses were quite empty as they shuttled good-spirited folk around one wet Saturday to 7 country traditional Welsh pubs. Landlords were very happy with their new found popularity and customers enjoyed not having to worry about driving. Since then, the Trails have increased in popularity and continued to grow in numbers. Some trails attract up to 1200 people in a single event, with visitors turning up from all over the UK and even overseas to be part of the Ale Trails now.
We now have eight Trails running twice a year with hundreds of different ales to sample. This is probably the only event in the history of the world that’s aimed at middle-age Dads who are intrigued by the prospect of being delivered safely to the door of quality real alehouses.
We soon realised that the Ale Trail is one of the best ways to explore the regions best hostelries offering unique beery riches. Small Welsh breweries are often hidden in villages and these breweries supplying only to a handful of pubs and are happy to not bottle their craft. A lot of ales you sample on the trail are not mass produced and something rather special to the area. Such as our own RAT Ale made appearing on the trail and brewed by microbrewery Facers in Flintshire.
The boom in microbreweries and the production of independent ales means that there is always something new to experience every trail.
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