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The Calder Valley Ale Trail is an alternative to the now rather toxic TransPennine Real Ale Trail. This one takes in the Manchester-Halifax line and in many ways offers a superior experience. Some stops can easily be combined into a mini-crawl: Sowerby and Hebden Bridge, for example. But to do the mighty Halifax justice as well really requires a separate visit. That is if you take your drinking seriously, of course.

Halifax is an ideal crawl really. Plenty of pubs offering plenty of variety and it's compact. Meaning even decrepit CAMRA types can manage it. A good starting off point is the Three Pigeons, just outside of the town centre. This a striking 1930's Art Deco affair which could be quite rightly labelled a “proper boozer”. Multi-roomed; it combines many of the fine features a public house should have. And there is a fine selection of Ossett beers in case you are thirsty as well.
Next up was the Lantern on Alexandra Street. This is a modern, quirky (check out the bike on t…