Real Ale Rambles
REAL ALE RAMBLE 290 Saturday 14th December
MIDLANDS METRO Very little walking and lots of pubs
This is a ramble I had planned to do a couple of years ago, when we were doing our season of railway station walks. I put it off until the Metro reached New Street. Now it has done so, we can get on the metro and enjoy this day out.
We meet at Coventry station at 11.15 and catch the 11.27 to Birmingham, arriving at New Street at 11.48. Here we can catch the metro and go straight through to Wolverhampton to the old and familiar GREAT WESTERN.
Then I have listed a number of stops on the way back. Most of these pubs are in the 2020 GBG, others are old favourites I would like to revisit for old times sake. No doubt people will have their own favourites, and we are unlikely to get to the Black Eagle at Soho before it closes at 3.00 p.m., so these are just suggestions. I do want to visit the two brewery taps near St Pauls though.
WOLVERHAMPTON Great Western
BILSTON CENTRAL Cafe Metro, Church Street Trumpet, High Street X
WEDNESBURY GREAT WESTERN ST Bellwether, 3-4 Walsall St
DARTMOUTH ST Old Hop Pole, High St X
KENDRICK PARK Vine,152 Roebuck St X
SOHO BENSON RD Black Eagle, Factory Rd X (1-3; 7-11 Sat)
JEWELLERY QUARTER Red Lion, Warstone Lane
ST PAULS Burning Soul Brewery, Unit 1 Mott St Ind Estate (1-8 Sat)
ST PAULS Rock & Roll Brewhouse, 60 Regent Place (1-7 Sat)
SNOW HILL Old Contemptables, Livery St/Edmund St X
X indicates that the pub is not in the 2020 GBG
REAL ALE RAMBLE 291 Saturday 11th January
COVENTRY GOOD BEER GUIDE PUBS
Its that time of year again folks. Once more I intend to walk the route. This year I have put the start down as 12.15 at the Greyhound, as I like to get the train to Stadium Station and walk along the canal, so that’s when I should arrive.
We're not supposed to publish online all of the pubs that are in the guide (you need to buy the book or get the GBG app at only £4.99) but some of the key stages are:
1 GREYHOUND, SUTTON STOP
3 TWISTED BARREL
6 TOWN WALL TAVERN
9 CITY ARMS
Feb 15 RIVER LEAM (5 mls) Meet at Comyn Arms, Newbold Comyn
Mar 14 RIVER AVON Meet at the Oak, Baginton
Apr 11 RIVER SOWE Meet at Red Lion, Walsgrave
May 16 Lost villages - HOPSFORD AND UPPER SMITE Meet at Pheasant, Withybrook
June 20 Lost villages - MARSTON Meet at Rose & Crown, Wolston
Copies of the walks are available at Beer Gonzo, Earlsdon.
SUNDAY LUNCH WALKS - in conjunction with the Health Development Service of Coventry City Council.
These walks all start at 12 noon. Copies of these walks can be obtained from Beer Gonzo in Earlsdon, or for more details contact moc.liamg@ttekculfg>
SUNDAY LUNCH WALK 89 - Sunday 1st December
KENILWORTH ROAD - 5 miles
Note: The Wainbody Wood section can be muddy
At last a long standing desire of mine has come to fruition. There is now a path along both sides of the Kenilworth Road as far as Gibbet Hill. The path on the eastern side has existed for some years, but now one has been cleared on the western side. So now we can walk up one side and back along the other, all the time keeping to 'public access woodland', creating what must be the longest woodland walk within Coventry. There has been no publicity given to this project, which I presume must have been done under the direction of the City Council!
We meet at the CITY ARMS in the centre of Earlsdon as 12 noon and at 12.30 set off in the direction of the Kenilworth Road. We walk through Stivichale Common and then use the roadside past the housing. We cross the A45 by the lights and immediately enter the woodland. This takes us past all the big houses beyond the woodland. Some have already moved their gates back from the road and fenced their properties, most still have gates at the roadside. This is an example of purpresture; the enclosing of land that does not belong to you. The path crosses Cannon Hill Road and Abberley Way before climbing the hill to Gibbet Hill Road. Turning left and crossing Kenilworth Road we start following the path on the other side. This has been here so long that it is a well established path; I have walked it on a number of occasions, it is well trodden, but it may be difficult to follow in places because of fallen leaves. Through Wainbody Wood - it can be muddy. I note that the top section is waymarked as a bridleway; there can't be many of these in Coventry - I can only think of one other.
When we reach Spinney Path we turn right towards the BURNT POST, which we should reach about 2.00 p.m. After half an hour here we set off again and go through Stivichale Common to return to Earlsdon and the CITY ARMS before 3.00
Jan EARLSDON (Meet at Beer Gonzo, Earlsdon)
Feb THE BARN AT GREENS, BINLEY (Meet at the Red Lion, Ansty Road)
March LEAMINGTON PARKS (Meet at Holly Bush, Holly Street, Leamington)
WITH CITY OF CULTURE RUSHING UP ON US, I THOUGHT I WOULD DO SOME INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE WALKS IN FUTURE, STARTING WITH -
Copies of these walks can be obtained from Fred & Sharon. They are usually in Beer Gonzo in Earlsdon on Thursdays, from around 7 pm to 9 pm.