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The 17th century The Chequers, in Fingest
When I think of an ale trail it brings back memories of doing a three-legged race around Oxford pubs as a student.

But if my ostrich feather clubbing bra story the other day showed anything, it’s how times they are a-changin.

The view from Watlington Hill, close to the Fox & Hounds

The view from Watlington Hill, close to the Fox & Hounds

This Ale Trail from Brakspear sounds much more the type of thing I’d do these days. The challenge, rather a pleasant one given the scenery involved, is to walk or bike to each of the 10 pubs on the suggeste trail. The good news is, firstly, they don’t encourage you to do it all at in one go (just as well as spread of pubs cover 29 miles). Secondly, they’re excellent pubs in pretty locations – I’ve featured half of them on the blog over the last few years including The Chequers at Fingest, The Fox & Hounds in Christmas Common, The Bull & Butcher in Turville and The Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove which I mentioned on my little BBC Oxford radio spot the other week and have just realised I haven’t written about on the blog (oops, will remedy tomorrow).

The attractively rustic interior of The Bull & Butcher

The attractively rustic interior of The Bull & Butcher

The idea is that you get a stamp in each of the 10 pubs over the summer, as and when you feel like a walk/bike and pint, and when you collect all the stamps, your lovely other half (or yourself if you’re an ale girl)  gets a free pint and a t-shirt – not quite winning the lottery but a token gesture to get you out and about to the different venues in the countryside.

Here’s the full list of pubs here, so let me know how you get on.


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