Real Ale Rambles

Saturday 15th December CANLEY FORD 4 miles & 3 pubs

This is the last of our year of walking old routes. Canley Ford is in fact the old route through Canley to Knowle and destinations further west, used by coaches and later motorised transport. Hence the pub called the Phantom Coach nearby.

We meet at the CITY ARMS in Earlsdon at 12 noon and at 12.30 we set off along Earlsdon Avenue South. We turn right into Stivichale Common and follow Kenilworth Road to Canley Ford. Then we follow the lane down to the ford. It is difficult to imagine this overgrown sunken lane was once a major route, yet before the Coventry Bypass was built it was the road to Canley and beyond: I have seen old photographs of cars negotiating the ford!

After crossing the A45 Coventry Bypass we follow the lane through the old village of Canley, clustered along Shultern Lane. As the lane winds around the cemetery, it is again difficult to imagine this as a main route, and also that the massive suburb of Canley was named after this tiny village.

We emerge at the car park for Canon Park Shopping Centre and continue to circle the cemetery. Westwood Heath Road starts on the left, continuing the old route towards Knowle. We soon reach the PHANTOM COACH for rest and refreshment.

After half an hour we start out again and cross the A45. We retrace our steps through the ford and turn left to go through the golf course and return to Earlsdon. Here we can go back to the CITY ARMS. After that Sharon and I may go to BEER GONZO and order something to eat from Street.

FUTURE EXPEDITIONS

Jan GBG PUBS

Feb RIVER STOUR

March RIVER AVON

April RIVER DENE

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 77

Sunday 2nd December MALT KILN FARM SHOP 5 miles

This time we have a lovely walk through the varied landscape around Brinklow. We meet at 12 noon at the RAVEN in Brinklow.

At 12.30 we move on into the fields, passing the mound of Brinklow Castle on our left. We take to a lane for a short distance before joining the canal towpath. We follow the towpath as it bridges the old Brinklow Arm, which, until 1850 was the main line of the Oxford Canal. When we come to Brinklow Arches we leave the canal and follow the Smite Brook upstream, under the canal and then the railway.

From the railway we continue alongside the brook for a while, then walk through the farmland around Newbold Revel, which you can see on the right. On the left we pass Tower Cottage, painted white with its little tower.

After this we soon arrive at Malt Kiln Farm Shop, where there is a cafe for refreshment. Then we can return to the RAVEN by the same route.

FUTURE EXPEDITIONS

Jan 6 RUSSELLS GARDEN CENTRE, BAGINTON

Meet at Festival, Leaf Lane

Feb 3 ANSTY GOLF CLUB

Meet at Rose and Castle, Ansty

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.