Our last two Saturday morning walks have taken us out in very different Warwickshire terrain with spring sunshine showing up the best of both town and country.
Eleven of us were out on Saturday 29th March on a 5 mile walk which took us from the picturesque ruins of Hartshill Castle up to the viewpoint at the top of Hartshill Hayes, from which we could see Atherstone and the Anker valley spread out before us. We went down again skirting the woods of Hartshill to the canal bank and across fields and country lanes towards Caldecote. It was a delightful day for a walk, in full spring sunshine with crops and hedges coming into fresh spring growth and a bevy of catkins towards the end of the walk making the final stretch back uphill to Hartshill seem very worthwhile.
On Saturday 12th April, Julie Chiswick took the group out on a guided walk around the Warwickshire town of Kenilworth. There is clearly much to see in this picturesque borough, with its castle, abbey church, historical buildings and windmill (or is it a water tower?), but what really amazed us was the amount of green walking space in the town as we crossed the local nature reserve, Parliament Piece and the extensive Abbey Fields, and looked out across the ‘Pleasaunce’ in the castle grounds. This was a great walk for interest, variety and views – many thanks Julie!
Coleshill and District’s U3A Walking Group usually meets on the second and fourth Saturday mornings of the month. Our routes take us over 5 miles approximately and are on easy or moderate terrain. If you’d like to join us please contact susanshaw@DSL.pipex.com.
Our next walk will be on Saturday 26th April and will be our annual blue bell woods walk in the local area.