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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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This walk starts in Monks Kirby, where the No. 585 bus between Coventry and Rugby stops. Monks Kirby was one of the largest and most important villages in this part of Warwickshire in the medieval and early modern period but by the nineteenth century it had become a small farming community. Monks Kirby retained its own high constable until 1828.

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In Monks Kirby we can take refreshments at the Denbigh Arms. This pub is so named because the Earl of Denbigh owned most of the village and still lives in his ancestral estate, Nenham Paddox, neighbouring the village.

The Denbigh Arms at Monks Kirby

When we leave the Denbigh Arms we walk past St. Edith's church. Note the row of old gravestones dating back to the 18th century.

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St Edith's Church

The first church in the village was founded, on the same site as the present one, in 917 by Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great. After the Norman conquest this church was made into a Benedictine Priory, which explains why the church is so large, dominating the village and surrounding countryside.

The Norman church was dedicated to St Denis, Patron Saint of France, but after the 100 years war with France the dedication was changed to a local saint, St Edith of Polesworth.

We walk along Bond End and pass a group of cottages. One, Shepherd's Hay, is a remarkable thatched new build, which fits in perfectly with the other, older, cottages.

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Shepherd's Hay
A path starts on the right. This is waymarked as an unclassified country road and according to the map it does appear to have been a short stretch of road once. The much overgrown hedgerows on either side seem to confirm this, but it is difficult to imagine it as a road now! The church is now visible as a landmark as it is throughout much of the walk.
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St Edith's Chuch
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Then we take Brockhurst Lane northwards. This just misses Larch Covert before forming the western boundary of Cottons Furze. We arrive at Wood Farm with its brewery and bar after 40 minutes.
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The Wood Farm Brewery viewed from the road

This was the Rugby Brewery until 2010, then the Willey Brewery before adopting its present name in 2011. Although the buidings look singularly unprepossesing from the outside, the interior is a pleasant bar, with a glass wall giving a view of the brewery. The blog from their website reads;

Wood Farm Brewing Company Ltd was formed in 2010 by Kevin Featherstone and Phil and Sue Dewes with the aim of offering a fresh approach to locally brewed ales. Their vision is to create a micro brewery which provides ales related to the theme of the game of rugby and the connection that the game of rugby was first introduced in the town of Rugby by Webb Ellis – the name given to their main ale.

Wood Farm Brewery currently produces eight ales. Six best bitters, one premium ale and a mild.

The buildings at Wood Farm have been partly converted to produce the ales and the conversion to a Visitors Centre and Brewery Tap.

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The Brewery Tap
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The Bar Staff
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From Wood Farm Brewery we walk east along Coal Pit Lane, the B4455, a rather busy road and the least pleasant part of the walk. A few yards after a path on the left our path leaves right, through a rather overgrown roadside spinney.
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Old Kennels Cottage
Through a couple of field gates we pass Old Kennels Cottage to our left and the edge of Larch Covert on the right. Then we round a small copse. Through the next field we come to Park Cottage.
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Park Cottage
Then another field takes us back to Brockhurst Lane in Monks Kirby. We then pass a derelict school that was up for sale in May 2012 and then a second school, The Revel C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School - now there's a mouthful - which is definitely still open.
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Old School
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We return to the DENBIGH ARMS after about 50 minutes walking.
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