Walks to Teashops and Taverns in Warwickshire by Richard Shurey
The twenty circular walks in this volume combine some of the most beautiful scenery in Warwickshire, including country houses, waterways, castles and picturesque villages, with the opportunity to visit a collection of irresistible taverns and teashops. The walks vary in length between two and six miles, and offer a wealth of local places to see and explore. There are the wonderful grounds around Kenilworth Castle; the town of Henley-in-Arden that has won prizes in many 'Towns in Bloom' competitions; Ufton Fields Nature Reserve, where unusual plants can be seen flourishing in the lime-rich soil; Mary Arden's House and Museum in Wilmcote; and Edge Hill, of battlefield fame, where Hornton stone was once quarried. Other routes include the tiny village of Barcheston, well-known as the home of English tapestry; the glorious woodland of Hartshill Hayes Country Park, once part of the vast Forest of Arden; Coughton Court, renowned as one of England's great Tudor houses; the celebrated Hatton Flight, a series of twenty one locks carrying the Grand Union Canal to the 350ft high Midlands Plateau; and a delightful teashop in Wellesbourne, housed in an 18th century timber-framed barn. Each walk is carefully described and is accompanied by a sketch map of the route. There are details on how to get to the start and where to park, and notes on the places of interest en route. Practical information on the teashops and pubs including their opening times, regular menus and house specialities are also provided. For those walks where the teashop closes or has restricted hours in the winter months, other refreshment places are recommended.