Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail returns this September!

Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail returns on the 15th September with two new pub – The Blacksmiths Arms in Llanmaes and The Boar’s Head in Pontyclun joining the line-up. This one-day moving festival takes you to 9 rural pubs, without worrying who’s driving, as dedicated bus service arrives every 30 minutes at each venue between 11am and 11pm. Start and finish at any pub or station (Pontyclun or Rhoose ) on the Trail.

New bus company to transport ale lovers to some of the best watering holes in the Vale

The Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail returns after it’s first sell-out event in April to the delight of real ale enthusiasts with a new bus company! Local bus company Wheadons Coaches will be providing the transport for hundreds of Real Ale lovers on 15th September, with buses arriving every 30 minutes at each venue and extra stops at Pontyclun and Rhoose Train Stations. A shuttle bus will connect The Sportsmans Rest to the main route with a 15 minute service to the Red Lion, Pendoylan.

The Vale of Glamorgan RouteVale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail

Pubs on this Septembers Trail

How does it work?

First, buy a ticket here or at any of the participating pubs on the trail you fancy. Grab some friends who are great company and make you laugh, board the bus with your ticket (singing is not compulsory but we encourage it) and prepare to enjoy a day of quaffing local ales, sampling the food and entertainment and joining in with the singing on the bus, discussing the merits of fine ale and going home happy. Don’t forget to take some pictures too!

A ticket gets you unlimited travel all day long, and if you are brave you can go around the route as many times as you like. From experience, we might add that this is unlikely!

Who is it for?

We are the only (that we know of anyway) festival that embraces bad dad dancing, long conversations about the what makes the perfect pint but aren’t ready for the retirement home just yet. Our Real Ale festival are for the mature pub goer, you have to be 24 or older to join the trail or I am afraid you’re just too cool for us.

2 new pubs join the lineup

Blacksmiths Arms in Llanmaes

The Blacksmiths Arms in Llanmaes, near Llantwit Major, joins the Trail this September. No stranger to a Real Ale festival, they are known locally for their annual beer festival where they showcase locally brewed beer alongside live music.

Boars Head in Pontyclun

The Boars Head had ten handpumps offering an ever-changing range of up to 7 real ales and one cider, popular with ale drinkers being awarded Highly Commend this year by Mid Glamorgan CAMRA.



The Boar's Head

The Boars Head, Pontyclun, UK

Red Lion

The Red Lion at Pendoylan, Pendoylan, Cowbridge, UK

Sportsman's Rest

The Sportsmans Rest, Peterston-super-Ely, Cardiff, UK

Three Horseshoes

Three Horseshoes, Barry, UK

The Six Bells

The Six Bells, Rhoose, Barry, UK

Blacksmiths Arms

Blacksmiths Arms, Llanmaes, Llantwit Major, UK

1 Town Hall Square

1 Town Hall Square, Town Hall Square, Cowbridge, UK

Hare and Hounds

Hare & Hounds, Maendy Road, Aberthin, Cowbridge, UK


Fontygary Inn, Rhoose, Barry, UK