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Late Doors

The Ale Trail

Me n MDM had us a bit of the ale trail action on Saturday. To say we both live in the Colne Valley right in the midst of the ale trail route you'd have thought we'd've given it a go by now but nope. Met him at Marsden station after walking up from Slaithwaite to be greeted with the news of a late train and the cancelling of the Leeds Huddersfield section of the journey replacing it with a bus service. Fucking marvellous but we decided to just get the bus from Huddersfield to Mirfield. The Bus driver had other ideas and missed Mirfield out completely giving us the option of bailing out at Ravensthorpe which was as likely as us bailing out into the sewer at Cooper Bridge. Onwards then to Batley, and apart from the Rugby ground and the Frontier neither of us has visited before. Fuck me it's grim but the pubs were alright. The Taproom was a straight up ale house with a friendly barmaid and an African Chef who seem a tad befuddled by MDMs request for ale. Next up was the weatherspoons Union. We sat outside in the sunshine to be accompanied by two local lasses who decided to sit with us. Jeez the were petrifying, One of them was effing and jeffing like a miner on the phone to some poor sod on the other end. The other was a tad embarrassed by her friends manner but I think she was just trying us out to see our reaction. As things moved on we had quite a laugh with them. MDM asked her which was the quickest way to the toilet. "Just get yer cock out mate" was her reply. That was the general tone for the hour before we set back to the station. Quite sad really, some beautiful old Edwardian and Victorian buildings seemingly going to rack n Ruin.

We caught the Northern line to Dewsbury Station where somehow we could get a Transpenine back to Hudders and yet the Slow trains were unable to run. I still haven't worked out why that was. Nevertheless it was a good opportunity to tarry in the ace West Riding Tavern on Dewsbury Station, a gem of a pub if there ever was one. Unfortunately on Ale Trail Summer Saturday the beer selection is a bit bland but it is such a pleasure to drink anything in its olde worlde snugness.

Back to Hudders then for a final pint for MDM in the Sportsman before he departed to Marsden and left me to it in the throng of the Huddersfield Food n Drink festival that we have every year and bloomen good it is too.

Not a great Ale Trail it has to be said but the idea of training it with hundreds of pissed up stag doers and hen party types is not my idea of fun so the train cancellation was a bit of a bonus. Great day out though with MDM as always but it did reinforce to me what a great section of the line we have between Huddersfield and Marsden. Beautiful scenery, lovely canal and ace pubs.
Plastic Man

I did the Pennine Ale Trail a few years ago, but midweek. I wouldn't fancy doing it on a Saturday - too many idiots on stag/hen dos. You can get a West Yorkshire bus and train day rover ticket for about 8 quid, but now you can't use it between 4 and 7 on the trains on weekdays, which is a bit restrictive.

I've also done the Penistone line Ale Trail, which was a nice day out, but the selection of pubs was better on the Pennine trail.

The West Riding Tavern on Dewsbury Station is a  real cracker of a place. I think that's the only time I've been to the town. Next time I'll have to see what life exists outside the station.
Late Doors

I put it to you sir that no, you dont have to see what life exists outside Dewsbury Station  We got a familly bus and train Day Rover for twelve quid
Plastic Man

I didn't get much further into Batley than the station either - the Cellar Bar, which is (or perhaps now, was) immediately opposite the entrance to the station car park. (Despite its external appearance, it was fine.)

By the sound of it, Batley, like Dewsbury, is a place where there is life - but not as I know it. Jim.

The bus and train day rovers are great value, but it is a shame there is a weekday afternoon restriction on their rail use. If I remember correctly, the then franchise holder (Northern Rail?) limited its use in some dispute with WY Metro over subsidies. I was hoping that when the franchise changed that unrestricted weekday afternoon use would be re-instated, but it doesn't appear so, as yet.
Late Doors

Aye, it was the year the Government heroically announced they were going to restrict the rail companies to a minimum price increase which they duly did (about one percent) That's when the Trans Pennine and other rail companies then reduced the scope of the off peak hours so that passengers travelling at six o'clock say now had to pay the full fare. They followed that with the introduction of peak travel restrictions on Day Rover.

That's what happens when business and governments collude. On top of that they layer a beffudling lattice of variable price structures and cross company accountability for engineering, maintenance travel and rolling stock that leaves joe mug passenger with no idea how to protest and no alternatives other than to swallow the massive rip off.

Meanwhile  The boss of Britainís worst-performing train company gets awarded a £2.1million pay package. A 10.4 percent rise since 2014. But when the average worker holds out and  presses for a miniscule rise or dares to take action to protect existing rights and benefits they somehow seem to be holding the country to ransom.
Dock

God what possessed you to go to Batley and Dewsbury. All my family on my Mum and Dad's side are from Batley. Both towns went down the shitter years ago. I drove through it for old times sake last year. Fucking crap.

PS None of them still live there. They saw how shit it was going ages ago and moved sharpish.
Plastic Man

Dock wrote:
God what possessed you to go to Batley and Dewsbury.


The West Riding Tavern on Dewsbury Station: A definite Top Tip and one I intend to visit again.

Cellar Bar by Batley station: Pleasant, but not remarkable.
Dock

Plastic Man wrote:
Dock wrote:
God what possessed you to go to Batley and Dewsbury.


The West Riding Tavern on Dewsbury Station: A definite Top Tip and one I intend to visit again.

Cellar Bar by Batley station: Pleasant, but not remarkable.


Agreed re The West Riding Tavern. But not good enough to devote an afternoon to.
Late Doors

It was MDM, He's never been, wont be going again.

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