Real Ale Rambles

Dec 16 TWISTED BARREL TO BYATTS Meet at Twisted Barrel 12 noon

Jan 13 COVENTRY GBG PUBS Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop 12 noon

REAL ALE RAMBLE 266 - The Two Breweries Walk

Saturday 16th December

TWISTED BARREL TO BYATT'S

5 miles and 2 pubs

This month, we have a walk along the canal between Coventry's two brewery taps. We meet at 12 noon at TWISTED BARREL in Fargo Village. At 12.30 we set off along Paynes Lane and Nicholls Street to reach Swan Lane. Past Frederick Bird School there is a passageway alongside No 389 Swan Lane that leads to the canal. The canal then takes us past Stoke Heath Basin (now home of Valley boats) and past Red Lane and Stoney Stanton Road. At the Phoenix Way bridge we leave the canal to walk the short distance to the roundabout on the Foleshill Road. From here we are just a few minutes from Byatt's. Allowing a rather generous hour for the walk we should arrive at 1.30.

When we have spent long enough at Byatt's we repeat the same walk to return to Twisted Barrel.

Jan 13 - COVENTRY GBG PUBS

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop 12 noon

Little walking but 12 pubs Well, its January again, so its time to survey the branch's choices for the 2018 Good Beer Guide. As usual, we do not give the entire list of pubs to be visited (You will have to get the GBG or the app!) We meet, as usual, at 12 noon, at the GREYHOUND, Sutton Stop,

At 12.30 we set off for town. One possibility is the No 5 bus from Victoria Farm, so that we can alight at the junction of Swan Lane and Harnall Lane and walk through Nicholls Street and Paynes Lane to Fargo Village for TWISTED BARREL From here it is walking all the way to the GBG pubs in the city centre, finishing at the WINDMILL Then we walk under the Ring Road for the last few pubs in Earlsdon and Chapelfields, finishing at the BROOMFIELD.

FUTURE EXPEDITIONS

Feb 18 RIVER AVON to the Warwickshire / Worcestershire border 10.11 X18 bus departs Coventry Transport Museum stop HS1 arrives Stratford 11.25 the same bus arrives Bidford at 12.11. Meet at the Bulls Head Return buses from Bidford Memorial at 05 and 45 past the hour until 4.40

March 17 RIVER ARROW 10.43 X18 bus from Coventry Transport Museum stop HS1 arrives Stratford 11.55 12.20 X19 from Stratford arrives Alcester 12.39 Return buses at 50 minutes past the hour until 5.50 April 14 RIVER ALNE 10.42 train from Coventry arrives Birmingham New Street 11.04 11.31 from Birmingham Moor Street arrives Wootton Wawen 12.09 Return trains at 3.37, 4.37, 5.35, 5.51, 5.24, 6.31 May PUTLEY CIDER FESTIVAL SUNDAY LUNCH WALKS - in conjunction with the Health Development Service of Coventry City Council. All start at 12 noon on a Sunday Feb 4 COVENTRY & DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY HISTORICAL WALK No2 ALLESLEY AND COUNDON Meet at Rainbow, Allesley March 4 COVENTRY & DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY HISTORICAL WALK No3 WALL HILL ROAD AND HOLLYFAST ROAD Meet at White Lion, Brownshill Green

SUNDAY LUNCH WALK 65 - WHOR BROOK

Sunday 17th December

WHOR BROOK

6 miles

We are going to follow the Whor Brook from its source on Hearsall Common to the University of Warwick. Whilst the name Whor Brook may sound slightly amusing, remember that Beechwood Avenue was originally called Whor Lane. ' Whor ' seems to have been a name associated with that end of the Common.

We meet at the OLD CLARENCE on Earlsdon Avenue North at 12 noon. At 12.30 we set off across Hearsall Common to find the source of Whor Brook at a ' spring ', actually a concrete culvert, on the edge of the Common. From here it flows past the Farmhouse and to the rear of 'Go Outdoors'. We walk to Canley station, cross the railway, and go through Canley Gardens. Here the brook flows behind Ainsbury Road so we encounter it next where Nightingale Lane bridges it. Then we walk down to Canley Ford for our next encounter.

Across the A46 we follow the left bank to Cannon Hill Road bridge. We continue in the same direction and enter Gibbet Hill Wood. Through an open area we go right into water meadows. We are now in the grounds of the University, and here the stream is called 'Canley Brook'. We soon enter Tocil Wood and come to the University footpath. Here Canley Brook flows on to eventually join Finham Brook, a route that is followed by the Greenway between the University and Kenilworth, a walk that we have done on a number of occasions in the past. We turn right and cross the brook. Right again we begin to walk back upstream past the lake. At the head of the lake we follow a tributary stream past more lakes and halls of residence. We soon arrive at Cannon Hill Shopping Centre. Past this we take the lanes through the old village of Canley to reach the PHANTOM COACH after an hour or more walking.

From the Phantom Coach it is a short walk along Canley Lane to the railway station again and then back across Hearsall Common to the OLD CLARENCE. Xmas lunch anyone?

FUTURE EXPEDITIONS These walks all start at 12 noon

Jan 7 COVENTRY & DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY HISTORICAL WALK

ALLESLEY PARK & EASTERN GREEN Meet at the Unicorn, Eastern Green

Feb 4 COVENTRY & DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY HISTORICAL WALK

ALLESLEY & COUNDON Meet at the Rainbow, Allesley

March 4 COVENTRY & DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY HISTORICAL WALK

WALL HILL ROAD & HOLLYFAST FARM

Meet at the White Lion, Wall Hill Road