Local walks

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Our walks start at 10.30 a.m. usually on the first Sunday of each month, and are a leisurely 3 to 4 miles. We usually have about 15 to 20 walkers and aim to finish between 12.30 and 1.00 p.m. The cost is £2.00.

Details can be obtained from Peter Carbin on 0121 745 7543. If anyone is coming to a walk and finds they are running late, or cannot find the start, they can ring Peter on mobile number 07501 694 761. This number should also be used on the morning if weather conditions are poor.

Sunday 4 June
Packwood House

The new Solihull Centre booklet of “Walks around Packwood & Baddesley Clinton” has recently been published. With maps and illustrations by Linton Harrison this will be a very useful guide to anyone who enjoys walking in the area. To help launch the book, and perhaps sell a few copies, our June walk will be from Packwood to Lapworth Church and return.

Sunday 2 July
Balsall Common

In the next 12 months our walks will include areas of local countryside likely to be lost or spoilt by housing and other development. HS2 has unsurprisingly been given the go ahead, and so the time has come to walk some of the area affected before construction of the line gets under way. Our first such walk will take us to Balsall Common. We meet in the village car park (CV7 7FE). On the A452 turn left at the mini roundabout in the village centre and the car park is on the left after Tesco Express and Costa.

Sunday 6 August
Studley

Our last visit to Studley was over four years ago. This time we will walk in the Sambourne direction. Park in the village car park (B80 7HJ). At the Barley Mow roundabout turn right and follow the road past the village hall to Crooks Lane on the left. A brown sign points to the swimming pool and Car Park. Take the first left into Pool Road, and the car park is towards the end of this road, next to the Medical Centre.

Sunday 3 September
Whitacre Heath

Our early autumn walk is from Whitacre Heath, where the Centenary Way and the Heart of England Way briefly meet up. We meet at The Swan (B46 2JA), a 16th century former coaching inn. From the crossroads in the centre of Coleshill take the B1114 signed to Shustoke. Soon after crossing the River Blythe take the left fork signed to Whitacre Heath, Nether Whitacre and Kingsbury. After a mile or so The Swan is on the right opposite a turning to Lea Marston. The Swan does good food and you can check out their menu at www.theswanwhitacre.co.uk. Booking is advisable.

Sunday 1 October
Fund raising walk – Baddesley Clinton to Dorridge Park

Last year’s walk to Warwick and back was ambitious and exhausting, so this year a rather more modest all day walk is planned with a break in Dorridge Park. A shorter option will be available. More detail will be posted later.