With the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

MARY TEBJE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND - Mary Tebje is press of­fi­cer for the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

WE CHAL­LENGE you to take the Coun­try Ale Trail!

The brewer and pub op­er­a­tor Brak­s­pear has launched a new event to en­cour­age walk­ers and cy­clists to ex­plore its ru­ral es­tate in Hen­ley, which in­cludes some re­ally lovely, off-the-beaten-track pubs.

The new route is an ad­di­tion to the Hen­ley Ale Trail in the town cen­tre and the ‘orig­i­nal’ Coun­try Ale Trail, in­tro­duced last year, bring­ing the num­ber of Brak­s­pear pubs now in­cluded to an im­pres­sive 30.

The his­tory of the company starts back in 1711, when Wil­liam Henry Brak­s­pear de­cided beer was the fu­ture and bought a brew­ery in Bell Street, Hen­ley-on-Thames.

In 1769, 19-year-old Robert Brak­s­pear be­came the land­lord of The Cross Keys, in Wit­ney, which is where Brak­s­pear Bit­ter was born and was first brewed. The rest, as they say, is his­tory.

The new Coun­try Ale Trail fol­lows the tried and tested for­mat of the ex­ist­ing trails.

Cus­tomers vis­it­ing any pub on the route are given a Coun­try Ale Trail map, which is then stamped when they buy a pint of Brak­s­pear beer in any of the par­tic­i­pat­ing sites. Once maps have been stamped at all 10 pubs, they can be re­deemed for a free pint of Brak­s­pear and a fetch­ing Coun­try Ale Trail T-shirt.

This Coun­try Ale Trail II cov­ers a 29-mile route in the Walling­ford area, tak­ing in 10 pubs in vil­lages in­clud­ing Cholsey, Goring and War­bor­ough.

Trail­ers can start at any pub, but must fin­ish in ei­ther The Cherry Tree, in Stoke Row, or The Red Lion, in Blew­bury, to claim their pint and T-shirt.

third Coun­try Ale Trail has also been launched this sum­mer, which in­cludes about 10 pubs in South Ox­ford­shire, in vil­lages such as Son­ning Common, Rother­field Peppard, Net­tlebed and Shiplake.

Ev­ery­one who com­pletes a Coun­try Ale Trail or Hen­ley Ale Trail dur­ing 2014 is in­vited to an Ale Trail party, be­ing held in Jan­uary 2015, where there will be

Acom­pli­men­tary beer and food and the chance to meet other ‘trail­ers’.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.coun­tryale­trail.co.uk/2/

Please share your top picks for lo­cal places to see and ex­pe­ri­ences to en­joy all year round.

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The en­trance to Brak­s­pear

Brew­ery in Hen­ley

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