Covers pastoral and gentle hill walks in an area including Shakespeare country - Stratford and the Forest of Arden - the Avon and the Stour, as well as the northern part of the Cotswolds. This guide features many historic villages.
Warwickshire lies at the very heart of England, and its popular image is one of a gentle and well-wooded countryside dotted with attractive market towns, medieval castles, old manor houses and highly photogenic villages of black and white thatched cottages. This is true for large parts of the county, particularly the Avon valley and Forest of Arden, known all over the world by the name of Warwickshire's most famous son. But there is far more than the Tudor villages of Shakespeare's time. This walking guide uses the traditional (i.e. pre-1974) county boundaries, which embrace the great manufacturing cities of Birmingham and Coventry and the commuter country of Solihull. In the north there was a coal mining area - now largely disappeared. In the south there are limestone hills that rise to over 800ft, and stone - built villages with fine wool churches like those a little further south in the Cotswolds. The 30 walks included here are spread over all parts of the county and cover all aspects of its landscape and history. Routes are included in the less well-known northern and eastern areas, and in the predominantly built-up West Midlands (including a walk through the city centre of Birmingham), as well as in the more familiar and quintessential 'Shakespeare Country' of south Warwickshire, the Forest of Arden and, of course, the valley of the beautiful River Avon.
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Brian Conduit was born in Birmingham and educated at the universities of Birmingham and Nottingham. After a career teaching and lecturing in history, he began writing walking guides and over the last 20 years he has had over 30 books published. These books cover most parts of Great Britain as he loves walking anywhere, getting as much pleasure from a walk beside a Black Country canal or across the flat expanses of the Cambridgeshire Fens as from climbing mountains in the Lake District and Snowdonia, tramping across the Pennine moors or walking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. He also enjoys urban walking, particularly exploring Britain's wealth of historic towns and cities. Brian now lives in the beautiful Ribble valley in Lancashire and has written several books and many magazine articles on walks in that area. Researching and walking the routes for Walking in Warwickshire took him back to the countryside of his youth, which he originally visited on a bike or by Midland Red bus. It was interesting to view the landscapes of his native county from a different perspective. He likes combining walking with his other great interest history- and many of his walks reflect this, incorporating wherever possible prehistoric remains, Roman villas, castles, abbeys, cathedrals, stately homes and industrial monuments.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION List of Walks NORTH WARWICKSHIRE Polesworth and Alvecote Priory Kingsbury Water Park Coleshill and Maxstoke Hartshill Hayes and the Coventry Canal FORMER WARWICKSHIRE Sutton Park Birmingham- Old and New Berkswell and Meriden Knowle and Temple Balsall EAST WARWICKSHIRE Brinklow and Easenhall Coombe Abbey and Birchley Wood Newbold- on- Avon and Little Lawford Napton on the Hill and the Shuchburghs FOREST OF ARDEN Earlswood Lakes Tanworth- in- Arden Packwood House and Lapworth Church Henley- in- Arden and Lowsonford Hay Wood and Baddesley Clinton Kenilworth AVON VALLEY Wilmcote and Aston Cantlow Alcester, Exhall and Wixford Two Avon Valley Villages Stratford- upon- Avon and Shottery Stour Valley Villages Warwick and Guy's Cliffe SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE Ilmington Downs Tysoe and Compton Wynyates Edge Hill Burton Dassett Hills Brailes hill Long Compton, Whichford and Cherington Long distance Paths Useful Organisations
Walking in Warwickshire by Brian Conduit
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