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image009.jpg London Kings Cross – Wakefield – Huddersfield


Eight Breweries:

Two Roses

Small World

Summer Wine,

Hogs Head

Magic Rock


Landlord’s Friend

Stod Fold


Calderdale Industrial Museum


Kirklees Light Railway


GBG pubs


Free time in Halifax, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge


image009.jpg Wakefield – London Kings Cross




You need no telling how many micros there are in the four regions of Yorkshire so a return to the beautiful and rugged region of Pennine Yorkshire and its adjacent valleys gives us plenty of places to visit. Whilst the breweries in Meltham and Holmfirth are not practical to reach by coach you will have the opportunity to visit the one in Holmfirth (at least) by bus on Sunday. Being a Metropolitan county services and frequencies are generally excellent. Being a tour of four nights you will have more free time to use buses or local trains during the free periods.



We shall travel from Kings Cross at 10:03 to Wakefield Westgate due 12:00. Here we shall pick up our coach from Ross Travel for the journey to the Clare Hotel, Huddersfield. Stops en-route will be made for a pub lunch at The Bingley Arms at Horbury Bridge (no, the nearby brewery is not for visiting – yet, anyway) and hopefully a brewery visit too. The evening is planned to be spent at the nearby Magic Rock Brewery and Tap which will include a meeting with a suitable staff member at the brewery. Food will be provided here or at the hotel – see booking form.



Today is “Halifax Day”. To make the most of the time there we shall need to catch the 09:37 bus 503 from
stand W at the bus station, 15 minutes walk from hotel. There are also buses for this walk. The former weaving town is famous for weaving. In 2017 one of the most extraordinary buildings in Britain reopened after a multi million pound restoration. The Piece Hall in Halifax is a unique Grade I listed building dating back to 1779, originally built to support the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth. Set adjacent to the huge square area is the outstanding Calderdale Industrial Museum which houses a selection of original machines some of which will be operated especially for us. After all that we shall take the bus from Halifax Bus station to the Stod Fold Brewery, not normally open to the public. Return from Halifax to the hotel is at your own pace. The bus frequency to the hotel is half-hourly until 18:03 from stand B4. After then 503 at 19:15, 501 at 19:45, 503 at 20:15, all from stand A4 will bring you back to Huddersfield bus station in about 40 minutes. The backstop is a National Express coach 324 at 21:40 which takes 20 Minutes for a cash fare. Times should be checked locally.



You can relax a little today as we shall have own our coach for the day. Leaving the hotel at 09:20 we head south to pop over the border to Darton where the Two Roses Brewery will be visited. Then the GBG Crown & Anchor Inn is in our sites, followed by the Jolly Boys Brewery. We then head west to the lunch to The Dunkirk where, with soup you have the choice of four baguettes fillings. The afternoon visit start at 15:00 with a ride on the Kirklees Light Railway, built on the formation of the branch to Clayton West. Next we venture into Summer Wine country and the brewpub of that name before arriving back at Huddersfield around 19:15 for your evening there.



Today you can choose between pubs in the town or take a train or two to the now famous station pubs at Dewsbury, Stalybridge and nearby at Marsden – or even a mix of both.



Final day but, as usual, you will enjoy a full programme of visits before arriving back at Wakefield. First stop will be well in the Calder valley at Mytholmroyd where the now-former Slightly Foxed brewery, now known as Nightjar Brewing. Just a couple of miles away the next brewery (Landlord’s Friend) sits in part of the Kershaw House Inn which dates from 1307!

Then we stop for two hours in Sowerby Bridge, with the railway, canal and road squeezed together in the valley. A visit to the Hogs Head brewpub (six handpumps) will be made where we hope for a chat with the brewer. Food, F&C as well as ‘Spoons await you in the small town. Your coach will depart at 14:40 for a final leisurely call at the GBG Flowerpot, on the edge of Mirfield and has a large garden down to the Calder & Hebble navigation. Seven handpumps here include four beers from the Ossett brewery. 75 minutes will be spent here to depart at 16:30 to Wakefield Westgate station due 17:05. Two popular mini bars may tempt you to delay your departure by train. Harry’s Bar and The Old Printworks sit next to the other in a ginnel opposite the station but a six minute walk thereto. Trains back to Kings Cross depart at 28 and 58 past each hour until19:58 taking two hours. Any group tickets purchased will use the 18:28 train unless there is a special request for the next one at 18:58. The end of what should be a great four-night tour in Pennine Yorkshire.


A combination of new and a renovated stone building, 40 yards up a short hill from the main road, with three lifts, one to reception. 94 en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi, Restaurant, Bar, 24 hour front desk


New Cambridge Hotel***

4, Clare Hill, Huddersfield HD1 5BS

Tel: 01484 519892




With the inclusion of the fourth night this and future tours may look – and will be – slightly more expensive. This one has fifteen price points for admissions, beers and food, which ensures that, as always, we include more. The cost of this tour is not expected to exceed £449pp single and £418pp twin or double room. Items included are:-


       Standard class return rail travel from London (if booked by CT)

       Four nights B&B at the New Cambridge Hotel

       At least Seven brewery visits

       First pint in pubs shown in programme

       Lunches on Thursday and Saturday; evening meal Thursday.

       Three days’ coaching

       Service and VAT at current rate

       IPP financial insurance cover

       Crookham Travel courier throughout

       Full colour AVB (added value brochure)



Please complete the booking form and send it with your deposit of £100 per person, payable to Crookham Travel, or send it by bank transfer to a/c No. 87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at Santander using part of your name as our reference. Bookings should be made please as soon as possible as places are restricted to 33. The balance will be required about seven weeks before departure. You may be signed up for payments via mobile phones. This can be used for your deposit by sending it to my number 077 6666 3579




Most of the arrangements have already been confirmed but some are still outstanding, so the right is reserved to amend the programme should this be unavoidable.


Click HERE for the printable BOOKING FORM

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