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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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Youlgreave or Youlgrave is a village in the Derbyshire Peak District, lying on the River Bradford, four kilometres south of Bakewell. Stanton-in-Peak is a village in the Peak District, Derbyshire, It is about seven miles north-west of Matlock, on the north side of Stanton Moor, from Birchover. There is a fine 19th century Parish Church, and many fine stone houses, with mullion windows. There is also a stately home, Stanton Park.
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photo of The City Arms, Earlsdon photo of The Hare and Hounds, Keresley photo of The Greyhound, Sutton Stop photo of Whitefriars, Coventry photo of The Old Windmill, Spon Street, Coventry
Its January again so we are doing a walk that has become a tradition with our survey of all of Coventry’s Good Beer Guide pubs in one day on public transport. Those of us that do not already have a geriatric’s bus pass need to purchase a Coventry Regional Daysaver ticket, which will cover all of our travelling. This year we have 1 THE HARE & HOUNDS in Keresley to visit again, so this will be our first port of call. We meet at Pool Meadow at 11.30am and catch the 11.48am No 36 bus to Keresley which arrives at 12:10pm.
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Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire, in the West Midlands region of England. Lying on the River Severn it is a historic market town with the town centre having a largely unaltered medieval street plan. The town features over 660 historic listed buildings, including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th century, Shrewsbury Castle, a red sandstone castle fortification, and Shrewsbury Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery.
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All the days travel is covered by a Centro Daytripper ticket with the exception of the short section of railway between Kingswood and Dorridge which cost £1.40.

This is a flat walk as there are no locks on this stretch of the grand Union Canal. There was some light mud so stout boots were recommended. We are now getting closer to completing the Warwickshire canal ring at Kingswood Junction.
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This walk took place on Good Friday as the original scheduled date on the following weekend had been taken by the Coventry Beer Festival. I was at the festival for the Saturday lunchtime session! On Good Friday the buses were operating a Sunday service and hence only ran hourly, with the last return from Leamington at 6:34pm.
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This walk contains breweries rather than just pubs and also a stretch of countryside unbroken by any roads equally as long as anywhere else in Warwickshire. It encircles the little area of North Warwickshire that is the centre of local brewing, with four microbreweries there. Much of this route is followed by the Centenary Way long distance footpath, so it is well maintained. Any gradients on this walk are very gentle.
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We celebrate our bi-centennial ramble with a visit to the Wild Boar Pub and Brewery, a small micro brewery located in historic Warwick. The blog on their website reads;

"Welcome to The Wild Boar, Warwick. We are a cask ale house and micro brewery dedicated to providing the finest cask ales to the discerning drinker in a comfortable and friendly environment. A collaboration between Warwick's Slaughterhouse Brewery and Everards brewery of Leicester, the Wild Boar regularly serves at least nine real ales on handpull together with cask ciders."


We follow up with a visit to The Punch Bowl, one of the few Oakwell Breweries of Barnsley's houses, where you really do get some of that good old Yorkshire value for money. A good selection of real ale available, including Old Tom Mild, Barnsley Bitter, Senior Bitter plus Acorn Lager and Oakwell Lager.
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Wood Farm Brewing Company Ltd was formed in 2010 by Kevin Featherstone, 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. All this has been done since September 2010 and is now ready for visitors to enjoy.
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photo of The George and Dragon at Stoke Golding photo of Katie Elliott at the George and Dragon, Stoke Golding photo of the bar at the George and Dragon, Stoke Golding photo of the bar at the Horseshoes, Nuneaton photo of The Horseshoes bar at Nuneaton
Alighting from the bus at Stoke Golding we make for Church End's pub, the GEORGE AND DRAGON. We could just stay here, or if people wish we could explore the village. I believe there is also the Three Horseshoes, The Swan and the Village Club. We then take the Nuneaton bus to Tunnel's brewery tap pub, The HORSESHOES on Heath End Road. We could stay here a little while as I hear the Horseshoes keeps a wide range of beers, not just Tunnel brews. From the Horseshoes I guess the best return route would be to walk down Bull Ring to Coton Road to catch any of the buses going towards Coventry.
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photo of The George and Dragon at Stoke Golding photo of The Rainbow, Allesley Village photo of Archway to the Rainbow's Yard photo of The White Lion, Brownshill Green photo of The White Lion, Brownshill Green
The first of our Sunday walks to encourage Coventry folks to get out more and exercise. This one features The Tollgate, Birmingham Road to the Rainbow, Allesley Village to the White Lion at Brownshill Green and back to the Tollgate for a bargain Sunday lunch. This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme, and everybody is welcome to come along. See more here
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The second of our Sunday walks to encourage Coventry folks to get out more and exercise. This week we meet at the splendid Greyhound at Sutton Stop with a walk to the Boat Inn, Shilton Lane, another gem with optional Sunday dinner, then back to the Greyhound. See the map here. This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme, and everybody is welcome to come along. See more here
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This month, continuing our theme of microbreweries, we are using a Victorian microbrewery in the Cotswold escarpment. Brewing started at Donington in 1865 and at present it owns around 13 pubs. This is a walk between two of them, at opposite ends of the escarpment. The timings are tight this month because of the infrequency of the buses. However, when we surveyed this walk in July the conditions were atrocious. Hopefully the weather will be better in September and we will be able to do the walk much more quickly.
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photo of The Phantom Coach photo of The Crematorium photo of Ivy Farm Lane photo of Ivy Farm Lane photo of The Varsity
This is a walk through the grounds of the University of Warwick and the surrounding lanes and as such is almost entirely along metalled paths. We start at the Phantom Coach on the A45 Fletchamstead Highway. The No 12 bus from Pool Meadow takes us very close to the pub.

This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme, and everybody is welcome to come along. See more about the scheme here. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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This month we're off t'smoke with another of Paul's outings to London, this time exploring the Euston and Regent's Park areas, taking in 8 or more great pubs across 3 miles. This walk starts from The Euston Tap, outside Euston Station, 12 Noon. in the column on the left you will find some useful links for ways to get there. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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photo of The Festival photo of the bridge at baginton photo of The River Sowe at Baginton Bridge photo of Baginton Bridge photo of The Old Mill at Baginton
This time we have a short walk from the Festival at Styvechale, negotiating the huge roundabout at the junction of the A45 and A46, then following the River Sowe to the Old Mill at Baginton and it's likely to be a muddy one.

This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme, and everybody is welcome to come along. See more about the scheme here. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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The Hatton Locks are a flight of 21 locks on the Grand Union Canal in Hatton, Warwickshire, UK. The flight was known as the "stairway to heaven" due to the difficulty of the flight and the subsequent easier journey to Camp Hill where the workmen would receive their wages. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary and see transport times in the column opposite.
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photo of the city arms photo of Earlsdon Avenue South photo of The War Memorial photo of the Memorial Park photo of the Open Arms at Styvechale
This is a short walk of about 3 miles from Earlsdon to Styvechale via the War Memorial Park, Styvechale Village and Styvechale Common back to Earlsdon.

This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme, and everybody is welcome to come along. See more about the scheme here. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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By the time of the 1904 - 1911 Ordnance Survey map, all of Lower Earlsdon was being laid out and the only remnants of the common lands were the Cycle Track, Cricket Ground and Broomfield Park. This little park was the last place still laid out with Freemen's Gardens, which means that this is the last surviving tiny fragment of the great Lammas and Michaelmas lands of ancient Coventry. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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