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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 is the penultimate walk in the Warwickshire Canal Ring and as such is a great walk to approach the end. We meet at Coventry Station at 10:30am and catch the 10:42am, changing at Birmingham from New Street to Moor Street. We arrive at Lapworth station, which is more in Kingswood than Lapworth, at 11:57am and take the short walk down to the NAVIGATION, which fortunately has re-opened since last year. We should get there before 12:15pm.
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The Navigation Inn Pub, Lapworth, Solihull Old Warwick Road, Lapworth, Solihull B94 6NA
canalside by the Grand Union Canal and close to the Stratford upon Avon Canal
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Leaving the Navigation at 12:45pm we do the less interesting part of the walk first. There is a long straight stretch of canal from the pub to bridge 66, where we take to the road to reach the PUNCHBOWL at 1:15pm
photo of punchbowl pubPunchbowl Pub, Mill Lane, Lapworth, SOLIHULL B94 6HR near to The Stratford upon Avon Canal
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At 1:45pm we continue along the road, past enormous houses, presumably built for wealthy brummies a century or more ago. Non of them are of any interest. The best group is a pair of cottages that stand opposite each other, Little Rising and Woodside Cottage. Unfortunately, whilst Little Rising looks reassuringly traditional, Woodside Cottage has been painted cream and light blue!

Turnung left we pass more vast piles. Cedars Lawn is the most interesting as it has an avenue of cedar trees. We soon approach the canal bridge, where we leave the road. The canal squeezes past Lapworth Farm as we descend the Lapworth Flight of locks. There are twenty-six locks in the Lapworth flight on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. Together they change the water level by 158ft 6in (about 52 metres) over about two and a half miles... and there are more locks at regular intervals south of those! However, navigating from top to bottom of the flight will only involve passing through twenty-five locks, because Nos 20 and 21 are paired, the former being on the bypass towards the quarter mile link to the Grand Union Canal.
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Lapworth Locks No 12 at Kingswood, Warwickshire
© Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
photoLooking back at Lapworth flight of locks on the Northern section of the Stratford upon Avon Canal
© Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Here the towpath crosses fron one side of the canal to the other, and then back again. At bridge 33 we approach the BOOT via its rear entrance for about 2:15pm.
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The Boot Inn, Lapworth, Warwickshire
© Copyright nick macneill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
At 2:45pm we continue along the canal to Kingswood Junction. Here there are reservoirs and plenty of ducks, so bread Sharon! We cross bridge 36 and 36A over the rather complicated junction. We pass one of those curious cottages that decorate the Stratford Canal. Rather than employ specialist house builders the Stratford Company got their bridge and tunnel builders to make any cottages that were needed, so they ended up looking like tunnel linings, or elongated bridges! Over bridge 36B we return to the NAVIGATION for 3:15pm - ish.
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The Navigation, Kingswood By Bridge 65 over the Grand Union Canal
© Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Since trains only run two-hourly, there is no rush and no need to keep to my timings, as we will have to aim for the 4:48pm back to Birmingham.
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