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Saturday 10th December
RAR 254
NUNEATON

TRAIN : 11:42AM from Coventry arrives Nuneaton 12:04PM - £5.20 return
Sunday 11th December
HW 53
UPPER GUPHILL BROOK

Meet at the VALE Nod Rise at 12 noon.
Sunday 8th January
HW 54
KENILWORTH COMMON

Meet at Engine, School Lane, Kenilworth at 12 noon
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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HW 42 Sherbourne Valley, The City Centre

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Continuing our exploration of the Sherbourne Valley, this month we have an urban walk through Coventry City Centre . We meet at the SPON GATE, just off Lower Spon Street, a Wetherspoons pub, at 12 noon.

This time we leave at 12:30pm and follow the River Sherbourne downstream: only it flows underground through the city. It flows to our right as we walk down Lower Spon Street and Corporation Street. Just behind the Burges we find the only open stretch in the city: the correct version of the name Burges is St Johns Bridges. This is where the council plan to open up the Sherbourne to provide a riverside area. I'm not holding my breath as I have heard of such schemes many times before!

Along Fairfax Street we are walking above the course of the river. Then we take a path that follows the city walls under the Ring Road. We cross Gosford Street at Calais Bridge, where we can follow Shut Lane alongside the river as it emerges from its subterranean existence. Shut Lane has only recently reappeared after decades of being quite literally a 'shut' lane. This is as a result of the old Astley's site being replaced with student accommodation - whatever we may think of the influx of students they do seem to be encouraging the gentrification of Coventry.

At the end of Shut Lane we turn left up Gulson Road to Fargos and Coventry's only brewery tap (at present) the TAPHOUSE, at 1:15pm.

At 1:45pm we start off again, down Far Gosford Street, with its beautifully restored timber-framed buildings. We retrace our steps to Pool Meadow alongside the city walls. Note that I have numbered the extant sections of wall, so see if you can spot all 5! Whilst the river formed the 13th century defence of the north of the city, by the 16th century the wall was complete, further north, enclosing a larger area. Following the wall will bring us back eventually to Lower Spon Street at 2:45pm.

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