March 4th 2017 “Alternative Walk”

I woke up on a Saturday and checked the weather and it was going to be a good day with no rain and 10degrees, so a walk was on, but wanted to do something different for a change, I wanted to do a walk I had not done for a while which involved pubs you wouldn’t normally go in.

My plan was the Lodge Moor –> Crosspool –> Broomhill –> town

To get there from town it was a 51 bus which goes to Lodge Moor and a small walk to the first pub, the Three Merry Lads, right out in the middle of nowhere, the place where footpaths vanished after the pub, this was a nice day to spend the first pub sat outside with my half of Moonshine, they also had Doombar and x3 empty pumps, the bar woman was very friendly

A short walk down the road to pub no 2, Sportsman, this is a very nice pub inside with old fashioned beams and memorbillia round the pub walls, seating is also very nice, bar doesn’t have much ale wise so it was Bradfield ale, I was sat by the window looking out on the wonderful view.

If you keep walking down the main road you will eventually come to pub 3 – The Shiny Sheff, a large pub and I got the feeling this is a Marston`s pub with Marston mats everywhere and Marston`s ales which I had, a large pub with plenty of seating area and also showing sport and a pool table, it is now currently closed for a refurb and a bigger seating area outside as well.

Keep walking on the main road and eventually you will come to Crosspool, this is the longest walk of the day and when you get to the shops at Crosspool you will see The Sportsman down one of the side street, this is another pub which is having a refurb and this started on the Sunday, quite a few ales to choose from and had Jaipur from Thornbridge and after the walk I was ready for a drink, loads of space in this pub and very friendly owner behind the bar.

Just further down the road is the Crosspool Tavern, a Crown cavery pub and plenty of seats, football was on so watched the scores, not much ale wish but they did have 2.

I did pass The Plough on my way down but this has been closed for a while and the future of this pub is not yet known.

If you keep walking down the main road you will eventually come to Broomhill and a choice of 6 pubs, I decided to just do 2 of them, first one is The Itchy Pig, this is a micropub and serving good quality cask ales and also have a keg line.

Next Broomhill pub is Fox and Duck which is the Little Critters Brewery pub and serves 8 ales, always a good selection and at very good prices, I had the c-monster 6% IPA, watches more football scores.

Keep walking past Weston Park and the next and final pub is the University Arms, the rain started to come and I thought after 7 hours walking it was time to call it a day.

So that ends a Saturday walk which was something different taking on some pubs you probably not been in for ages or never been in. If you like a walk and not fussy about what ales are in the pubs then this is for you.


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