Sunday, 27 November 2011

The 145 Bus Pub Crawl

I wish I could say this was my idea, but it wasn't. A few years ago I did the Llantwit Major to Monknash walk and saw a bunch of drunk people getting the 145 bus from Monknash and then jumping off a couple of miles down the road at the next pub. When I got home I took a look at the route and discovered it goes past a few nice pubs and was rather a good idea.
Like many of these walks this is not doable on a Sunday.

Take the train to Llantwhit Major. These are hourly from Cardiff and will get you in at 31 minuets past. You then have wait for 24 minuets. If you decided to go for a drink while you wait I recommend The Old Swan Inn and The Old White Hart (45.5%).
The 145 bus (time table) leaves from the bus stop right outside the train station. Buy a day ticket which is around £3.50. From here on you can jump on and off the bus as much as you like and take in all the nice pubs on the 145 route. I've created a nice gmap of the crawl. These are in order:
1. The Hourseshoe Inn, Marcoss 86%
2. The Plough and Harrow, Monknash 82.5%
3. Lamb & Flag Inn, Wick 42%
4. The Star Inn, Wick, 46%
5. The Farmer's Arms, St Brides Major unscored
6. The 3 Golden Cups, Southerndown unscored
7. The Pelican In Her Pieti, Ogmore 58%
The scores are all in the 2011 pub score system that will be the subject of another post, but as you can probably guess the higher the score the better the pub.
Keeping jumping on and off the bus as you feel like it visiting a selection of the pubs. Remember you can travel in either direction. You can end the crawl in either Llantwhit Major or Bridgend and get the train back to Cardiff.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Something's Happened

Something rather odd and unexpected has happened: people are reading this blog.
Over the last few years myself and some friends have enjoyed the odd country walk at the weekend taking in some nice pubs and through stubborn perseverance come up with some pretty good routes.
A friend of mine who is rather into her blogging suggested to me that I write up these walks on a blog. At first I was reluctant about the idea, mainly because there's not enough material to keep a blog going. I would just write up the half a dozen walks I'd perfected and that would be the end of it, but also because the criteria for the walks is so limited: country pub walks, that are available from Cardiff by public transport. Then I figured why not share the walks, there are some lovely pubs and I guess perhaps there's more interest than I'd have thought? So I wrote up the half a dozen walks and as expected pretty much forgot about this blog.
Then as I've said, something happened. People started to come back to me with stories of how they'd stumbled arcoss this blog. It turns out that people are actually reading this.
So I guess the question is "what should I do now"? I going to start up dating the blog. I promise. I'll add a few new walks and update the ones that need them (some of the woods I written about have been felled) and I'm going to try and preview if there's any decent events coming up. I don't want to try and compete with Brew Wales he does as far better job than I ever could, but I have noticed he misses a few beer festivals.
So expect some up coming posts on: Cocktoberfest, pub crawls in Bristol, Bath and Caerloen and the soon to be infamous 145 bus pub crawl.