Vale of glamorgan
REAL Ale Trail

September  2022

Next trail is being planned for September

Croeso I Gymru and welcome to our 6th trail returning to the VoG. This year we have changed a the route a little and found some rather good new pubs to stop at and of course we are visiting a few of our old favourites too.   To reserve your place on the 2022 Vale Ale Trail Bus you can buy your bus ticket today.

People getting together over a beverage is core to our existence and that’s why we can return this year.  We’re are so looking forward to celebrating with friends, everything we love about our favourite pubs and local ales are still there waiting for us. Let’s not lose our pub culture lets be part of it instead. Join us!

We’ll see you in the beer garden…Hwyl!

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Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail Returns!

Cores i Gymru and welcome to the VoG Real Ale Trail.  Each time we run the trail it takes a different path, we like to visit new pubs and introduce you to new local ales 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.

This April Trail may include a few new bars. Last September we visited Harrys bar in Cowbridge and the  The Roost in Aberthin both had not long opened before the Pandemic started and both have been rebuilt to house rather nice food and drink offerings.

The Roost is in the middle of the village and not accessibly to the bus so a little walk from the bus stop reveals this hidden gem.   We are chuffed to include Tomos & Lilford micro brewery this trail, we always like to include independently owned breweries on our routes.


We will be picking up from Rhoose Train station every hour. You need to walk to the top of the road to get the bus as we can’t drive inside the train station.


To make sure you can on the first bus, book your seat to secure your seat. The trail starts from 11am from Fontygarry and Cowbridge and we have 4 buses in the morning available to book.


Download Where’s My Bus’ App for your phone so you don’t have to wait in anticipation for a bus. Get notified when its 10 minutes away and plan when the next lift is coming.

The Facebook page runs weekly live information about the ales, the venues, what entertainment and food is being served and strange jokes about Ale lovers.

Previously on a bus in the VOG

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 warm 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.


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). 

How to be safe and enjoy the trail

To keep our publicans, bus drivers, and fellow ale trailers safe from the spread of covid. We would like you to consider the following guidelines for this event if you would.
  • If you suffer any symptoms of covid please don’t attend the trail.
  • We expect you will take a negative test the morning of the trail.
  • We expect you will wear a mask on the shuttle bus out of respect for fellow passenger.
  • And of course be mindful of social distancing.
  • But most all enjoy time with your friends in great locations.

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 10 fantastic pubs and one microbrewery  in one day without having to worry who’s going to ferry them between hostelries.

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.

There’s no better area to explore this diversity than in Cheshire which boasts an array of independent brewers concentrating on producing beer for taste, not volume. Just one thing stands in the way of an ale drinker and his pint in the countryside… a designated driver. We organise the transport so you can enjoy a variety of pubs and real ales.

Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail

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

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.

See the map below for more info on the


The Real Ale Trail returns to the Vale of Glamorgan and 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. Please note some pubs are subject to change.