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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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The Offchurch Greenway, which forms part of the Sustrans National Cycleway Route 41, was formerly part of the Leamington to Rugby railway line. This flat, surfaced footpath and cycleway offers exceptional views across South Warwickshire as users make their way along its one and a half miles.

Our second of three Greenway adventures starts with a meet at 10:45am in Trinty Street to catch the 11:05am bus. After a change at Leamingtoin we arrive at Radford Semele shorlty before noon and go straight into the WHITE LION.

photo of the railway inn pub at berkswellThe White Lion at Radford Semele
This 16th century building is charming and traditional with original oak beams, thatched roof, open fires and features a priest hole. Priest hole is the term given to hiding places for priests built into many of the principal Catholic houses of England during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law in England, from the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558.

At 12:30pm we set off and pass the Manor House with its strange tower...
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The Manor House tower
...and then we walk to the canal and pass Radford Bottom Lock...
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Radford bottom lock on the Grand Union Canal
...then reach the Greenway along a path that runs back under the viaduct, offering a view of the stream below through the arches. We follow the Greenway through countryside and arrive at a picnic area at 1:00pm.
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The view from the viaduct
From the picnic area the Greenway climbs to cross Stonebridge Lane on the level. Across the lane it continues. At places the old trackbed becomes so wet that it is marshy. This stretch is a WARNACT Nature Reserve for that reason. The Greenway stops at the next road, so we follow the road to the left and enter a field path just past Fosse Farm. SECATEURS Fred! It is a pity the Greenway doesn't continue here; if it did it would take us to Long Itchington!
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We walk through fields until we see a lone oak tree with the garden of Valley Fields behind, on the right. This leads to a lane going to Offchurch, where we reach the STAG at the bottom of the hill in the village at 2:00pm.
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The Stag at Offchurch
The 16th century thatched pub provides a warm welcome with open fires and traditional bar areas where everyone including walkers and dogs are always welcome. Leaving the Stag at 2:30pm we pass the charming St Gregorys Church...
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St. Gregory's Church at Offchurch
The parish church of St. Gregory stands on the crest of the hill above the village. It consists of chancel with north vestry, nave with south porch, and west tower, and is built of the local red sandstone.

The origin of the name "Offa's Church" suggests a connection to Offa, who was King of Mercia from 757AD to 796AD. There is no trace of Offa's church, but the church, rebuilt from 12th century onwards, on the supposed site of Offa's church contains Norman elements and traces of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery were found about 1875 south of the church close to the road to Long Itchington.

A stone coffin is on display in the current church, but there is no direct evidence that this dates from Saxon times. A local legend says that if you go to the top of the church and jump off, King Offa will rise from the ground and catch you.
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We then pass Offchurch Poultry Farm, which has a shop selling lamb, chicken, duck and eggs, so we could check that out. From there we cross the canal again and return to the WHITE LION for 3:00pm. Return buses leave Radford Semele at 3:27pm, 4:11pm and 5:50pm
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