Awarding-winning Real Ale Trail event returns to the Vale of Glamorgan!

We are a roving Real Ale Festival for people who like to visit small independent country pubs with good friends to try great ales….. but really don’t fancy the hassle of driving.


Croeso i Gymru and welcome to our 5th trail returning to the VOG on 4th April 2020.  Each trail usually takes a different path, so there’s always something new to experience. The trails are about connecting people to rural pubs and tasting the local real ales made in that region.  Participating  pubs will be announced soon!

Where’s My Bus?

We have news, we will be launching a brand new ‘App’ so you don’t have to wait in anticipation for a bus anymore, you can get notified when its 10 minutes away and see it coming on the new App.

Keep an eye on the facebook page to see regular updates about local ales, the venues, entertainment, food and strange jokes about Ale lovers.

Previously on a bus somewhere else!

The trail arrived in the glorious countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan after firstly proving a big hit up in the hills in North Wales. The first-ever bus-based Real Ale event in the VOG was back in Spring 2018 and it was a gloriously hot day, hundreds of proper good folk grabbed their buddies together and hot-footed it down to their local pub and bought tickets to board the festival bus and my….it was a cracking day!

The buses transported the trailers around the wonderful countryside of South Wales stopping only at VOG finest watering holes; a good time was had by all, and so, we continued with our merriment and we include new venues on each trail.

24 and over!

Unfortunately, Kids, you can only board the trail event if you are 24 years and over.   This is because us old farts adore the company of mature grown-ups who practice terrible dancing and enjoy a good sing-song on the bus!  Our event is just not intended for the cool-kids of society, and anyhow you’ve got Ibiza and Love Island! 

My husband and I went on  The Real Ale Trail last weekend. We had a brilliant time and revisited a few pubs that we hadn’t been to for years (due to the drink driving laws!!). Also, we went to one pub that we had never been to before that had brilliant live music, that we will be going back to. We met lots of lovely people and a few people we already knew. I was very surprised at the age range of the participants and the fact that there were a lot more women and couples than I expected. I thought there would have been a lot more ladies or gents groups.

Barbara Leach

On the trail of a good day out…we’ll raise a glass to it!

Glamorgan in South Wales is full to the brim with some of the best pubs a real ale drinker could wish for, with its own breweries and a huge array of village pubs to visit and drink in.

Sampling those pubs – and most importantly, that real ale – presents your average real ale fan with one major problem (well until now): who’s going to do the driving and which pubs to visit?

The Real Ale Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample up to 8 fantastic pubs in one day without having to worry who’s going to ferry them between hostelries – and we are thrilled to confirm the Vale of Glamorgan trail after proving a huge hit in 2018 our next Trail will be in April 2020.

Beers aside, the Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample some of the fantastic scenery with friends, visit wonderful villages you’ve probably not been to in years. The Vale has much to offer an ale lover.

Great  Pubs and Great Real Ale…

Each of the pubs has a unique atmosphere, a wide selection of ales and if you’re staying for the whole day – and why wouldn’t you? – finding something to eat won’t be a problem either as many pubs on route cook delicious homemade food.

On the Trail of unique Ales

We love microbreweries! Wales recently has seen the number of microbreweries increase to over 100 small-batch brewers popping up all over the country, which means there are more unique ales to try. Our hand-selected pubs are proud to serve locally brewed Real Ale from across the Vale of Glamorgan and South Wales breweries.

Enjoying a pint and a chat with friends at the Six Bells, Penmark.

Ale Trail Shuttle Bus

Hop on board!

Real Ale Trail buses pick up and drop off at each of the pubs on the trail every half an hour from 11am to 10pm, so dads looking for a fun day out with their friends after a busy week at work can enjoy a pint or two without worrying about driving home.

Tickets Please!

You can start from any pub on the route at any time. All you need to do is buy a ticket sold at the participating pubs or online. (Please do not buy tickets from other vendors as they won’t be accepted on the Trail. )

Frequently asked questions

How much are tickets online? £20.75 pp

What time does it start & finish? 11am to 10pm.

Where do I buy a  ticket from? Here or at your local pub soon.

When do I need to catch the bus? Whenever you want between 11am and 10pm. A timetable will be available, but usually every 30 to 45 minutes a bus will appear at a pub. If you want to miss it and get the next one, you can do. Just leave enough time to get to all the pubs you want to visit.

Where do I catch the bus? From all participating pubs.

What do I do when I want to go home? No problem. Jump on the bus to take you back to where you started.

Can I drink on the bus too? Nope. The bus is just for transport and singing not for drinking.

Can I go back the way I came? Err no. The bus travels in one direction only.

What happens if a bus doesn’t come? There is always lots of buses on the route, there is always a bus. One will always turn up.

Is there a timetable? Yes on facebook and at each venue 1 week before the trail.

Can my dog come too? Umm, it’s not a great place for pooches, they are best left at home due to the number of people on the events, it can be a tad overwhelming for them.

Can my child come on the trail? No!

Who’s the trail for? The trail is designed for the more mature person who is wanting a jolly day with friends

Can I get to every pub? We don’t advise trying to reach every pub on the trail, that’s rather a full day on the bus, but rather selecting a few pubs that take your fancy.

Have a different question? Email us cheers@realaletrail.co.uk


What do I do next?

First, buy a ticket online or at any of the participating pubs on the trail. 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!


Iechyd Da!

See the map below for more info on the


The Vale Real Ale Trail follows the same principles as all the other trails. Start where you like, when you like, but make sure you do it with great friends. Below are the pubs which were on our last trail on 7th Sept 2019. Next Trail will be on 4th April 2020.

Fontygary Inn • Rhoose

Fontygary Inn, Fonmon Road, Rhoose, United Kingdom

6 Bells • Penmark

Penmark, Rhoose, Barry CF62 3BP, United Kingdom

Hare & Hounds • Aberthin

Aberthin, Cowbridge CF71 7LG, United Kingdom

3 Horseshoes • Moulton

Three Horseshoes, Barry, UK

Blacksmiths Arms • Llanmaes

Blacksmiths Arms, Llanmaes, Llantwit Major, UK

Boverton Castle • Boverton

The Boverton Castle, Eagleswell Road, Boverton, Llantwit Major, UK

Lamb & Flag • Wick

Lamb & Flag, Church Street, Wick, Cowbridge, UK

Cross Inn • Cowbridge

The Cross Inn, Cowbridge, UK

Harry's Bar • Cowbridge

Harrys bar cowbridge

Tomos & Lilford • Llandow

Tomos & Lilford, Llandow, Cowbridge, UK

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