Walkers who enjoy soaking up the wonderful views of the Cleveland Way National Trail can now enjoy a beer inspired by the popular route. ‘Striding the Riding’ is being brewed by Helmsley Brewing Company and will be officially launched at the Guisborough Beer Festival on Saturday 11 April 2015. The brewery will make a donation from the sale of each cask to contribute to the upkeep and promotion of the Cleveland Way.
Striding the Riding, a 4% pale ale, will initially be available on tap from Helmsley Brewing Company’s bar in Helmsley, but it is hoped that some of the 40 plus pubs along the route of the Cleveland Way will also serve it to their customers. Plans for a bottled version of the beer are also in the pipeline.
It will be promoted as the official beer of the Cleveland Way and its branding will carry the distinctive National Trail acorn symbol. The design for the labels and pump clips will also incorporate the varied scenery found along the Cleveland Way including moorland, coast and dales.
Kyle Boote who set up Helmsley Brewing Company is planning to walk along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to the beer festival in Guisborough where Striding the Riding will be launched. He said:
“I want to create a range of distinctive beers that reflect their local roots, plus the latest in beer ingredients and recipe design. Striding the Riding will contain four different hops which will be added at four different stages. Walking on the Cleveland Way is a great stress buster after a busy week brewing and it will be even more satisfying knowing I am helping in some way to care for this special place.”
Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer for the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way, said: “I’m really excited about this venture. I’ve been known to sample a pint or two of real ale in my spare time so when a conversation with Kyle revealed that his hobby was walking, it seemed a perfect match! It’s always nice to reward yourself after a good walk and what better way than with a glass of beer inspired by the very route you’ve been enjoying? Not only does Striding the Riding taste great, but you’ll be helping to give something back to the local landscape too.”
The Cleveland Way is Britain’s second oldest National Trail and forms a horseshoe around the North York Moors National Park starting in the market town of Helmsley and finishing 109 miles later on the coast at Filey. It is well used by walkers who either walk it in its entirety – it takes about nine days to walk from end to end – or use part of it to create a circular walk of varying lengths. The Cleveland Way is becoming increasingly popular with trail runners – the fastest official completion time is 20 hours and 59 minutes, set by Neil Ridsdale in 2011 as part of the Hardmoors 110 Ultrarun.
Kyle launched Helmsley Brewing Company in 2014 setting up a brew-house and bar in the centre of the market town. He produces a range of craft ales from natural ingredients including Helmsley Honey and Howardian Gold.