Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Classic bus pub tours

This sounds like an interesting day out. The local CAMRA branch has arranged with the Merseyside Transport Trust (MTT), a charity that preserves classic buses, a day of bus journeys based on Ormskirk bus station and Burscough interchange to various rural pubs in West Lancashire on Saturday 13 April 2013, all on classic buses. There will be three routes from either Ormskirk or Burscough: in Ormskirk, the bus station is two minutes' walk from the railway station, and the Burscough interchange is next to Burscough Bridge railway station.

Route A (Aughton Circular): Ormskirk - Dog & Gun - Town Green - Cockbeck - Stanley Arms - Royal Oak - Ormskirk
Route B: Ormskirk - Kicking Donkey - Heatons Bridge - Martin Inn - Farmers Arms - Bull & Dog - The Lion - Burscough Bridge (for the Bridge, Hopvine & Burscough Wharf)
Route C: Burscough Bridge - Briars Hall - Ring O Bells

The buses will run at least hourly from 1100 to 1800 approx and are free (donations welcome). Programmes containing all the timetables and information you'll need are available in advance for £3 from: Programme Sales, 3 Sunflower Close, Bold, St Helens, WA9 4ZT (cheques payable to "Merseyside Transport Trust"), or you can buy them on the day.

The Ship Inn in Haskayne will be holding its Spring beer festival at this time, between 10 and 14 April. No longer: the Ship beer festival will now be held from Wednesday 25 to Sunday 28 April.


  1. Old buses? Viz had led me to believe old trains was more the thing of the real ale drinker.

    I'll get you Butler ...... et al.

  2. There is some truth to that stereotype, but in this part of our area, trains are useless to get round these pubs. Quite badly hit by Beeching.

  3. Nev; I notice you don't mention the Lion for Thursday 11th. Are we cancelled that night?


  4. Jim: no, it's on. It was just an oversight that I left it out, and I've now put it in.


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