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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 month we have another country walk, this time following the canal to Ansty, then through fields back. Buses : The 8A leaves Pool Meadow Stand H at 11:30am and arrives Ringwood Highway for the Boat at 11:51am.

The Boat Inn, Shilton Lane, Walsgrave
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Despite the canal-inspired name, it is now separated from the cut by the M6.
We meet at the BOAT in Shilton Lane at 12 noon. At 12:30pm we set off across the playing field opposite, past the remains of the Jolly Colliers pub and over the M6 to reach the canal at bridge 9.
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The Jolly Colliers, sadly no longer with us
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Bridge No 9, Oxford Canal north-east of Coventry. This is Stone Bridge, which carried Woodway Lane over the canal so that drivers could use the minor lane from Potter's Green to Sow Common; except that now the M6 motorway blocks the way, and only a footbridge has been provided to cross it. © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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Notice the old sign to the Elephant and Castle, another lost pubphoto of geese
Geese by the canal at Ansty photo of geese
Then we follow the canal as it winds its way to Ansty. At Ansty bridge, No 14, we walk a short distance up the main road to the ROSE AND CASTLE for about 1:30pm.
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The Rose and Castle Pub, Ansty Main Road, Ansty, with garden backing onto the Oxford Canal.
At 2:00pm we set off on the return leg, going past the canal to the southern end of the village, where a path takes us through fields and horse paddocks. In February these fields were totally waterlogged, so boots are essential. At a stables we turn left along an access road and through gates we pass under the M69. On the other side of the motorway a stile leads to a field path. We follow a row of three trees, then a detached tree, presumably the line of an ancient field boundary. Through the next field we come to a double stile. A certain level of fitness is neccessary for this walk. Through another two fields we come to a stile that gives access to the canal towpath again and return to the BOAT for 3.00 p.m.
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The Boat serve good value meals including a Sunday roast for those of you making a day of it.
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