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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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HW 41 Styvechale Common

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Styvechale Common illustates some of the history of the countryside. This is the common land that belonged to the village of Styvechale, lying alongside the Kenilworth Road by the Memorial Park.

A typical medaeval wood had a bank as a boundary, which demarked the wood from cultivated land. These 'woodbanks' followed all the twists and turns of the boundary and I believe they can still be traced, in a form much reduced by the centuries, in places on the boundary of Styvechale Common.

Medaeval roads could be dangerous. Following the murder of three merchants between Huntingdon and Royston, in 1295 an edict went out through all the counties of England that all woods through which there was a common right of way should be cut down to a width of sixty feet. Hence I believe the straight, wide Kenilworth Road was created as a deliberate act of policy, although when and by whom I can't say. What I can say is that at the Coventry end the route to Kenilworth used to follow Greyfriars Lane, Anarchy Bridge and Morningside, but I am sure that was a much later re-alignment.

So that's the history bit. We meet at 12 noon at the CITY ARMS in Earlsdon. At 12:30pm we set off along Earlsdon Avenue South as far as the fountain. This has been restored and is now resplendent in its new coat of paint, for the use of both people and their dogs. From the fountain we pass William and Mary Cottages and enter the woodland. Then we walk through a forest glade. Look for evidence of Ray and Corin Wilson's work in maintaining the woodland and also for evidence of fly tippers doing their best to frustrate their efforts!

We cross Beechwood Avenue and pass Devil's Dungeon, really an old quarry and a favourite resort for kids with bikes (Zara and I have been there on our bikes!). Then we follow the Kenilworth Road for a while before entering woodland again at the track to Canley Ford.

Next we cross Kenilworth Road and take a house access road. When this road ends we continue along a footpath that passes in front of houses. This leads us to Green Lane and Wainbody Road North, which will take us to the BURNT POST after about an hour.

We leave the Burnt Post at 2:00pm and return towards the Memorial Park. Then we follow paths between the Kenilworth Road and Park. We cross the entrances to the park and follow the Kenilworth Road until the woodland ends and we enter the park. After a few yards a gap in the hedge allows us to cross the road and turn back towards Earlsdon. We pass the gateposts of Broadwater. This was a large house standing in extensive grounds, which was demolished in the early 1960's, to be replaced by the road called Broadwater, yet the gateposts remain.

We cross the triangle of woodland, which is overgrown and does not have a clear path and return to the CITY ARMS for around 3 o'clock.

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