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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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BUSES : The No.7 is hourly on a Sunday. The 11.35am from Pool Meadow Stand F arrives at the Brooklands, on the junction of Forfield Road and Kingsbury Road at 11.48am. 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. This time we cross Coundon Wedge from east to west rather than north to south as in Walk 1. We meet at the BROOKLANDS on Kingsbury Road, a Sizzler pub, at 12:00 noon and leave about 12:30pm.
photo of the brooklands at coundon
Photo © Copyright GF Luckett
The Coundon Wedge is an area of historic countryside on the north-western outskirts of Coventry. As the name implies, it is a wedge of open land within Coventry's Green Belt, which penetrates into the City between the main built-up area of Coundon and the outlying settlements of Allesley Village (Conservation Area) and Brownshill Green.

Despite the proximity of urban development, the area still retains a rural character of very high landscape quality, with relatively small fields separated by mature hedgerows and groups of deciduous native trees. Because of its attractive rolling landscape, high conservation value and the proximity to a large built-up area, Coundon Wedge is a popular area for quiet public recreation, particularly walking.

From the Brooklands we walk down Newington Close and take the footbridge across the raging torrent that is the River Sherbourne.
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Footbridge over the River Sherbourne.
This small footbridge links the Coundon Wedge to Newington Close.
Photo © Copyright Anthony Vosper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Then through a field we pick up Church Walk at Church Walk Farm. This is a charming old path that has been sliced in half by Coundon Wedge Road. It is still a pleasant walk though.
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Church Walk, Allesley.
This view is taken from near the cemetery SP3080 : Cemetery at Allesley, looking towards where the path is crossed by the Coundon Wedge road (B4076). Church Walk is signposted as a public bridleway and shows evidence of use by cyclists, horse and pedestrian traffic.
Photo © Copyright E Gammie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
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Cemetery at Allesley. This small cemetery is in Coundon Wedge, between Allesley Village and Coundon. Church Walk runs behind the gate at the SW corner of the cemetery.
Photo © Copyright E Gammie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Passing the cemetery we cross a field on the left into All Saints churchyard. This brings us out in Allesley village close to the RAINBOW, one of the oldest pubs in Coventry.
photo of the rainbow at allesley
Photo © Copyright GF Luckett
This pub is thought to date back to 1680. It is Grade II Listed being described as an early 19th. century refronting of an earlier timber structure of c1680 with the framework exposed on the east side. There is some early stonework at the base. It is of one storey with attics and a two storey wing on the right. There is a stone ingle-nook fireplace.

The Birmingham Road was reconstructed as a turnpike between 1825 and 1841 by Thomas Telford. Before that time the road through Allesley was higher and steeper and the old level can be discerned by the fact that stone steps led up to the Rainbow.

The Rainbow is said to have been a meeting place for people engaged in cock-fighting. From 1798 it was owned by the Revd. Thomas Bree of Allesley and the Revd. William Bree of Coleshill. It continued in that family until it was sold to pay death duties in 1949. After half an hour for refreshments we return past the church to Church Walk. We take a gate on the left through the 'woodland cemetery'. Then through a second field we reach the brick footbridge over the Sherbourne.
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River Sherbourne. The river meanders from the brick footbridge (obscured by small tree left of centre) towards the Coundon Wedge road. Photo © Copyright E Gammie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
We follow the river downstream, under Coundon Wedge Road to the pond and then on to the top of Kingsbury Road..
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Pond by Staircase Lane. Allesley village in the background. Staircase Lane is an undulating curving lane that runs from Allesley village to join Northbrook Road between Coundon and Brownshill Green. The two roads are both cut off by the Coundon Wedge Road and are now mainly used by pedestrians and cyclists.
Photo © Copyright E Gammie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
It is a short distance down the road from here to the BROOKLANDS again, where we finish. The name is a local topographical one as it is close to one of the brooks that flow through Coundon Wedge. This is a large estate pub that opened in 1957. The Brooklands serve Sunday dinners and other meals for those of you making a day of it. To see more or download menus check out their website here
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