A summer canal side ramble
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Had a long week? Stressed and in need of some fresh air and friendly company?
Join Joey for a gentle stroll through the heart of Midlands, taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of rural Warwickshire. Taking us along the pretty byways from the Kings Head pub in Atherstone, along the Coventry canal, through to Tamworth.
The walk is a linear one, taking in the canal, from the top of the award winning Atherstone flight of locks. There are fewer boats along this section of the canal than might be expected, lending a tranquil air to the walk. The lock complex continues on as the canal heads northwestwards towards Polesworth, the flight ending just before the bridge at Bradley Green.
The rural scenes continue as we head towards Polesworth and the stunning Pooley Hall, believed to include the remains of a fortified manor house, built around 1509 thus making it one of the oldest brick-built buildings in Warwickshire.
Ambling along, we pass a marina and further small villages, into the quiet approaches to Tamworth. Crossing the road by the railway line, we join the banks of the River Anker. From here it is a short wander to the crowing sight of this walk: Tamworth Castle. The castle was originally a Norman Motte and Bailey type, but the oldest parts of the existing castle are a 13th century doorway from a later rebuilding, containing some unusual building styles. From Tamworth we catch the train back to Atherstone for a late lunch.
This will be Joey's assessment walk and he is really looking forward to welcoming you along!
What to bring
Walking shoes, hat and always good to carry waterproofs. Just in case!
Food & drink
Bring water and snacks for the walk, we will aim to catch the train back from Tamworth for a late lunch at the pub.