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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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photo of The Brooklands, Coundon photo of bridge over river sherbourne photo of church walk photo of river sherbourne photo of The Rainbow, Allesley
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. This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme. See more here
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photo of The City Arms, Earlsdon photo of The Biggin Hall, Copsewood photo of The Greyhound, Sutton Stop photo of Whitefriars, Coventry photo of The Old Windmill, Spon Street, Coventry
The now traditional annual walk with our survey of all of Coventry’s Good Beer Guide pubs in one day on public transport. We have a duty to check them every year don't you know, just to make sure. this year there are 12 in the guide. Are you up for it? Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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This month we are walking through the historic landscape that borders the London Road. We meet at 12 noon at BROWNS on Earls Street, making our way to the ROYAL OAK at Whitley and back to Browns for Lunch. 2 miles in total. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary. This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme. Please note that it's over 18's only at Browns. See more here
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Our focus of interest (pubs) of Manchester has expanded significantly since about 1993, with investment from breweries in bars, public houses and clubs, along with active support from the local authorities. The more than 500 licensed premises in the city centre have a capacity to deal with over 250,000 visitors. We'll be visiting some of the pubs on the famous Portland Street among others. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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4 miles from the BELL, Tile Hill to MASSEY FURGUSON CLUB, Broad Lane and back. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary and check the transport arrangements in the column opposite. This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme. See more here

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photo of tunnels photo of yacht club photo of pony photo of railway bridge photo of the durham ox
After the winter it is good to get back to proper country walks. This is an excellent canalside walk and on the return stretch we cross the railway line frequently. The only drawbacks are that in late January it was muddy after all the precipitation last year, so boots are essential, and there is the constant drone from the nearby M40. Torches are also neccessary as we shall pass through the horse tunnel at Shrewley. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary
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photo of tunnels photo of yacht club photo of pony photo of railway bridge photo of the durham ox
5 miles from the BOAT, Shilton Lane to ROSE AND CASTLE, Ansty and back, 5 miles in all. Following this years rainfall the countryside is waterlogged so boots must be worn. Also this walk has a number of traditional stiles, so a certain level of fitness is neccessary! Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary and check the transport arrangements in the column opposite. 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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photo of navigation at kingswood photo of the punchbowl photo of lapworth flight photo of the boot inn photo of the navigation pub
This is the penultimate walk in the Warwickshire Canal Ring and as such is a great walk to approach the end. On this walk we see the impressive Lapworth Flight on the canal. 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 thankfully we're walking DOWN them. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary
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photo of navigation at kingswood photo of the punchbowl photo of lapworth flight photo of the boot inn photo of the navigation 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 here. Buses : No 3 leaves Trinity Street Stop AA at 11:40am and arrives Fenside Avenue 11:57am. Walk under the A46 from there. This is purely a field walk and I am sure you will be glad to learn that there are no stiles as all the field boundaries are crossed by means of gates. We meet at the Oak at Baginton at 12:00 noon.
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photo of The Cottage at Lowsonford Bridge photo of the fleur de lis photo of ivy house farm photo of the tom o' the wood photo of the sign at dicks lane bridge
So now we have come to the final walk on our long exploration of the Warwickshire Canal Ring and a fine walk it is to finish on - from our last stop of Kingswood to the charming village of Lowsonford, with 3 great pubs along the way. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary and check the transport arrangements in the column opposite.
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photo of The cyclist sculptures photo of One of the Cycle Cattle Grids photo of Common Lane Bridge photo of The Ford over Finham Brook photo of The Engine at Kenilworth
This is a walk organised in partnership with Coventry City Council's "Healthy Walks" Scheme. See more here. This walk follows the newly created National Cycling Network Route 52 from the University of Warwick to Kenilworth. It follows an old field path which has been replaced with tarmac or concrete and gravel to make a route accessable to cyclists, walkers or horse riders and in its later stages was the route of the old Kenilworth to Balsall Common railway line. It is all most impressive.
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photo of The Railway Inn at Berkswell photo of Kenilworth Greenway photo of Common Lane Bridge photo of The The Cottage at Kenilworth photo of The Engine at Kenilworth
This is the first of our short season of the Greenways in Wawickshire. Almost all off-road, the walk follows a route accessable to cyclists, walkers or horse riders and in its later stages was the route of the old Kenilworth to Balsall Common railway line. It is all most impressive. 3 great pubs await at the end of our journey. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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This walk starts in Monks Kirby, where the No. 585 bus between Coventry and Rugby stops, and we meet at the Denbigh Arms. This is the first anniversary of our Real Ale Healthy Walks and what better way to celebrate than walking around the impressive Denbigh Estate in lovely Warwickshire and visiting a brewery! The buildings at Wood Farm Brewery have been partly converted to produce the ales and the conversion to a Visitors Centre and Brewery Tap. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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photo of the bear at berkswell photo of st. johns church photo of blind hall photo of York Cottage photo of Massey Ferguson club
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 is an excellent walk through farmland that I only discovered after Terry had encouraged me to use the MASSEY FERGUSON CLUB, although I have frequently delivered the post to this area. The Club is ideally placed on the edge of Coventry, but it only provides snacks, you won,t be able to get a full Sunday roast there. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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photo of st gregorys church photo of The White Lion photo of Greenway Sign Board photo of Radford bottom lock photo of The Stag
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.
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The last Greenway in our series and quite a walk to finish on! The Stratford Greenway is a 5 miles (8.0 km) traffic free cycle path, which used to be part of the national rail network until the early 1960's and is now part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network (routes NCR 5 and NCR 41). Starting from town it heads along the river and racecourse towards Welford-on-Avon and Long Marston. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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Keresley parish lies on the north-west fringe of Coventry. It is a parish of two parts, a built-up area comprising the village of Keresley and a rural area of Green Belt countryside comprising the Hall Brook valley and the hills surrounding.The network of rural public footpaths in the parish of Keresley, together with Allesley parish and the Coundon Wedge, is a legacy of the past which can be enjoyed today. It provides a major recreational resource and an opportunity to enjoy these historic landscape areas in the north-west part of the City. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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This is an excellent hill walk, reminiscent a little of the Malverns, which might seem a little surprising as the Lickeys adjoin the southern outskirts of Birmingham. The views over south Birmingham are quite amazing.
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photo of The Varsity photo of st johns church photo of the water tower photo of the peeping tom photo of The Varsity
Westwood Heath is a village which is now a western suburb of the City. It is bordered by the suburbs of Canley and Cannon Park, and by the University of Warwick campus to the east, the suburb of Tile Hill to the north, the village of Burton Green to the west, and rural Warwickshire to the south.Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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The Covent Garden area has long been associated with both entertainment and shopping, and this continues. It has 13 theatres and over 60 pubs and bars, with most south of Long Acre, around the main shopping area of the old market. Soho is long established as an entertainment district, for much of the 20th century Soho had a reputation for sex shops as well as night life and film industry. Since the early 1980s, the area has undergone considerable transformation. It now is predominantly a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants, bars and media offices.
TRAVEL If arriving by train, you will need to arrive at Euston by 12:00 noon. If arriving by coach, you will need to be at Victoria at a similar time then catch No.11 bus outside the coach station (same side) to the Mall and meet us in the Lord Moon of the Mall at aprox 12:50pm. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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photo of The City Arms photo of Cattle in the Field photo of The Phantom Coach photo of The Pond at Canley Ford photo of Canley Ford
This month we meet at the CITY ARMS in the centre of Earlsdon at 12 noon. At 12:30pm we set off walking along Earlsdon High Street and into Bates Road. Then we cross the golf course and walk down to the ford. we visit the PHANTOM COACH on the Fletchamstead Highway before returning to Earlsdon for Sunday dinner. This is a HEALTHY WALK - in conjunction with the Health Development Service of Coventry City Council. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary. Click the photos for a slideshow.
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photo of The Old Kings Head photo of The New In photo of The White Horse photo of The Cider Shed photo of The Cider Orchard
Home Farm have been making cider in the family-run cider works known as Vale of Welton Ciders overlooking the rolling Northamptonshire hills since 2005, and we visit the nearest cider makers to Coventry on our ramble today. Only traditional methods are used to produce Vale of Welton ciders. It's all grown, produced and bottled on site using a blend of their own cider apples. No concentrated apple juice or artificial flavouring whatsoever. They supply local pubs and shops in and around the area, as well as in neighbouring counties. Their orchards contain over 1,000 apple trees which are idyllically sited on southeast facing hills; they slope steeply down to a valley known as the Vale of Welton. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary. Click the photos for a short slideshow
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photo of The Broomfield Tavern photo of Plaque at Broomfield Park photo of Lake View Park photo of Hearsall Common photo of The New Spires
For our December walk we meet at the BROOMFIELD TAVERN in Broomfield Place, just behind Spon End. It looks out over the green expanse of Broomfiled Park, which is the last remnant of the great common lands that bordered Coventry on this side. This is a HEALTHY WALK - in conjunction with the Health Development Service of Coventry City Council. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary. Click the photos for a short slideshow.
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When we have a wonderful facility such as the 360 bus it would be a pity not to make ful use of it. So our Xmas ramble will be a scenic tour of Coventry by bus. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full itinerary.
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This was part of 2013's Whit Weekend to Shrewsbury, which was a great success. Shuts are what are called entries, snickets, ginnels, alleyways, wynds or jetties in other parts of the country. They are rights of way, used mostly on foot, and are ancient routes connecting adjacent streets. There are thirty left in Shrewsbury, nineteen of which are open to the public, with 11 or more great pubs to visit along the way. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full details.
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This was also part of 2013's Whit Weekend to Shrewsbury, which was a great success. Grinshill is a small village, hill and civil parish in Shropshire, England, United Kingdom. The parish is one of the smallest in the district near to the village of Clive. The A49 runs just to the east of the village. The hill at Grinshill rises to 192m above sea level giving spectacular views. Stone has been quarried here since at least the twelfth century. Click the boots or the pints in the title above for the full details.
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