Join the ale trails
Published at 13:20, Friday, 04 May 2012
VISITORS to the Lake District can now explore even more of this beautiful corner of the UK with a new series of “real ale trails” plotted through some of the area’s most spectacular valleys.
Copies of the From Here to Beer leaflet are being distributed at key locations around the county. Explore more of the Adventure Capital, the Lake District and Cumbria and discover amazing scenery, peaceful fell tops, cosy hotels and inns, and wonderful real ales from Jennings Brewery.
The walking routes in this guide combine all of the best things about the lakes, so planning a visit is easy, whether you want to cover lots of ground with a long distance walk or spend time exploring beautiful corners of the county.
The long distance Jennings Adventure Ale Trails meander between towns and villages, bagging must do peaks and taking in views over famous lakes. Combined with rest stops at inns and hotels serving hearty Cumbrian fare and classic Jennings real ales they form a perfect weekend.
Prefer day walks? From a comfortable base in Cockermouth, Elterwater, or Wasdale, spend the days getting to know the area with the Jennings Explore More routes and the evenings relaxing and recharging with a perfect, award winning, pint of Jennings Cumberland Ale.
The new trails are a continuation of the series originally produced in 2010 which for the first time, the walks have been specifically linked with pubs. This series of Jennings Adventure Ale Trails feature walks around some of the most scenic valleys around the county.
In the Western Lake District, the routes include the fells around Wasdale and Eskdale, with a particularly stunning route over Illgill Head and Whin Rigg taking in the dramatic Wastwater screes. There are a whole host of routes around Cockermouth, the home of Jennings Brewery, including one that takes in Lord’s Seat, Broom Fell and Greystones and includes a visit to the dramatic waterfall at Spout Force.
Routes also cover the Northern Lakes with a two-day trail from Borrowdale to Thirlspot and back again, bagging the connoisseur’s peaks of the Helvellyn range, the Armboth Fells and the Dodds on the way.
The Central Lakes are covered taking in Elterwater and Langdale, with routes like the circular tour of Lingmoor Fell, which affords views of the mountain drama of the Langdales and fells like Pike O’Blisco. As well as the ultimate adventure, a spectacular four-day walk taking in Ullswater, Brotherswater, the beautiful Caiston Glen, Scandale Pass Loughrigg, Stickle Tarn, Pavey Ark and the backbone of Helvellyn range back to Ullswater.
Each of the walks starts or concludes at a pub serving beer by the Lake District’s leading brewer, Cockermouth-based Jennings, which has been in business for more than 180 years.
The idea is to encourage visitors to take a walk, try a pint and stay over at a network of rural village pubs, inns and hotels serving Jennings Ales throughout the county. The trails come with special hand-drawn maps, route instructions, information and pointers on where to stay over and refuel with a pint of Jennings. You can download the routes for free at www.golakes.co.uk/jennings
The project is a link-up between Cumbria Tourism and Jennings and it is part of an ongoing campaign to promote the Lake District, Cumbria, as the UK’s Adventure Capital.
Andrea Runkee, Cumbria tourism’s Adventure Capital Project Manager, said: “These routes are the perfect way to drink in the scenery of the Lake District and sample a pint of Jennings at one of their cracking pubs. We’ve all been out for great walks and have all wondered where the nearest decent pub is. These new routes show off some hidden gems and get people out in the communities around Cumbria to sample the warmth of our hospitality and enjoy what the residents of this beautiful County have always known about.”
Gaynor Green, General Manager at Jennings, said: “People from all over the country associate Jennings with the Lake District. For many visitors, enjoying a pint of Jennings after walking the fells is as important as the walk itself. These new Jennings Ale Trails give our visitors the ideal opportunity to sample beers from the most famous brewery in the county.”
To find out more about the routes visit www.golakes.co.uk/jennings
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