At the weekend, Mapsareus was able to combine three of his greatest pleasures in one afternoon. Walking, real ale and steam trains! I am not sure which came first, but I suspect the lure of real ale was the main purpose of the afternoon! The ale was supplied by Box Steam Brewery, a local micro-brewery which produces beers with fabulous names like “Tunnel Vision” “Piston Broke”, “Ghost Train” and “Whistle Blower” (I like the names even though I am not a beer drinker!). The brewery is linked with two pubs in the area, The Inn at Freshford and the Cross Guns at Avoncliff, with the walk taking a circular route between the two through two valleys. Though a simple map of the route is available from the pubs, this is not up to OS standard. Unfortunately this route falls right on the join of three OS Explorer Maps, so the best way to get a decent map for this area is to look at a site centred OS map. Luckily for Mapsareus, we can download and print these in the office!
And the steam trains? Well surely that is obvious from the names of the beers!