Trail Takes Visitors to Local Pubs

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PEMBROKESHIRE, Wales -- The Real Ale Rail Trail in Pembrokeshire, Wales, adds a new dimension to the popular practice of pub crawling.

The trail, which continues to gain popularity with both locals and visitors, was designed to encourage people to visit family-owned pubs in rural areas and sample beer produced by small breweries, said Guy Hardy of the Pembrokeshire Rail Travellers Association.

The Real Ale Trail links 16 family-owned pubs in small rural communities along three rail lines in Pembrokeshire.

All travelers have to do to participate is obtain a Real Ale Rail Trail brochure from local tourist offices or call (011) 44 1437 741-210; fax (011) 44 1437 741-210.

When visitors arrive at participating pubs, they get the brochure signed and after eight signatures are eligible to win a rail ticket to anywhere on the South Wales and West Railway network. The brochures are free, and train tickets cost about $7.

The trail's third season will run from April through the beginning of December.

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