The rail network is key to driving economic recovery in the region especially in supporting leisure travel and local businesses. SCRP have teamed up with our friends in CAMRA (campaign for real ale) to promote our key cultural asset: the Great British Pub.

CAMRA’s main aim is to promote and protect pubs and clubs as social centres, part of the UK’s cultural heritage. CAMRA works to increase recognition of the benefits of responsible, moderate social drinking.  Many local pubs and cafés have stepped up and adapted, not only during COVID, but to become the hub of local life, offering places for people to meet and feel part of the community.

There are several great venues within short walking distance from railway stations that can be relied upon to provide great food, a place to rest and re-charge after a good walk. There is often a place for children to play, a cosy fire, and doggie treats for four-legged companions. Local produce, great locations, a chance to relax. What could be better!

Over the coming months we will be publishing several trails promoting the wealth of excellent Real Ale pubs in the Southeast. Our partners at CAMRA, all volunteers, have provided us with great suggestions and lovely photographs.  Our Line Officers have already drawn up a series of itineraries with suggestions for leisure trips by rail and we will be adding information to our places to visit page on our website.

Do you have a favourite walk using rail that takes in a great venue?  Are there any hidden gems or off the beaten track recommendations you would like to share?  Your Line Officer would be delighted to have your help in compiling short itineraries .  Help us support local businesses by sending us some great recommendations.