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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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RAR 246 Stratford

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This is the last of our canal walks: over the past 20 years we have walked every inch of canal and abandoned canal in Warwickshire. Next year we have the one remaining inland waterway in the county - the river Avon below Stratford. This month is also the first of a year of micropubs and/or new-ish pubs. So, all the pubs on this walk are new (ish) to me.

We meet outside Sainsburys at 10:30am in order to catch the 10:42 X16 bus to Stratford, which arrives at McDonalds (I think this is Bridge Street) at 12 noon, the perfect time for a stroll over Clopton Bridge to the BEAR for 12:10pm. Here we can avail ourselves of their excellent range of beers in pleasant surroundings.

At 12:40pm we set off across the old Tramway Bridge to the canal basin at the junction with the river Avon. We follow the canal away from the river, under Bridgefoot and passing through some attractive suburbs before reaching the industrial area. We then come to semi - rural Bishopton. At around 1:40pm we come to bridge No.63, where we leave the canal and go right. Then we turn right again into The Avenue, which appears to have been the drive to a large country house once. It turns left through a right angle and takes us to Birmingham Road, which we follow back towards Stratford centre. On the corner of Justins Avenue we come to the YARD OF ALE. This is a typical post - war suburban pub, so the reason why I am unfamiliar with it is probably because it has been renamed. We should get there about 2:00pm and leave at 2:30pm.

We continue along Birmingham Road and then Arden Road. Turning left into Greenhill Road we come to the STRATFORD ALEHOUSE, which advertises itself as a micropub, This is relatively new and we should reach here at about 2:45pm.

Leaving at 3:15pm we walk down Ely Street to Church Street, where, on the corner with Scholar Lane we come to CHURCH STREET TOWNHOUSE, an impressive old building which apparently sells ale. Arriving at 3:30pm we leave at 4:00pm.

Then the GOLDEN BEE, a relatively new and relatively small Wetherspoons, is just 5 minutes round the corner in Sheep Street. This should give us plenty of time before catching the 5:18 X16 bus back to Coventry. As the buses are so infrequent between Startford and Coventry I shall try to keep to this timetable : it shouldn't be too difficult as I surveyed this walk with Zara, who is not the most enthusiastic of walkers, so the timings should be pretty generous.

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