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Coleshill Circular

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Coleshill Circular
Author: DFO, Published: 23 Jun 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Warwickshire, North
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Coleshill Circular
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 6.3 mile circular walk starting and finishing at Coleshill, Warwickshire.

The walk follows a mixture of field paths and country tracks with some road walking. There are many gates on route plus one stile. At least one of the fields is likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs.

There are several places in Coleshill where you might park to begin this walk. I opted to leave my car in a layby just beyond the houses at Meadow Walk, Blythe Rd, B46 1AJ
From Birmingham
1. Head northwest on Corporation St toward Corporation St 463 ft
2. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit and stay on Corporation St 0.3 mi
3. Merge onto Corporation St/A38 via the ramp to A38 0.2 mi
4. Continue onto A38(M) 1.6 mi
5. Take the exit toward M6 397 ft
6. Keep right at the fork and merge onto M6 7.6 mi
7. At junction 4, exit onto Stonebridge Rd/A446. Go through 1 roundabout 2.2 mi
8. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Birmingham Rd/B4114. Continue to follow B4114
Destination will be on the left
From Tamworth
1. Head south on Mill Ln toward Saxon Mill Ln 318 ft
2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Ankerdrive 0.2 mi
3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Riverdrive/A51 0.3 mi
4. Turn left onto Fazeley Rd/A4091. Continue to follow A4091.
Go through 4 roundabouts 5.8 mi
5. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Lichfield Rd/A446. Go through 1 roundabout 1.6 mi
6. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Lichfield Rd/A446 1.9 mi
7. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Lichfield Rd/B4117.
Continue to follow B4117 0.5 mi
8. Turn left onto Blythe Rd/B4114
Destination will be on the left
From Nuneaton
1. Head northwest toward Vicarage St/A444 167 ft
2. Turn left onto Vicarage St/A444. Continue to follow A444.
Go through 1 roundabout 0.4 mi
3. Turn left onto Queen's Rd/B4102. Continue to follow B4102
Go through 3 roundabouts 1.9 mi
4. Continue onto Ansley Rd/B4112. Continue to follow B4112
Go through 1 roundabout 3.0 mi
5. Turn left onto Nuneaton Rd/B4114 2.8 mi
6. Keep right at the fork. Continue to follow Nuneaton Rd 0.8 mi
7. Turn left onto Coleshill Rd/B4114. Continue to follow B4114 3.2 mi
8. Continue onto Blythe Rd
Destination will be on the right
From Solihull
1. Head southeast on Manor Square 203 ft
2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto The Square 154 ft
3. The Square turns slightly right and becomes New Rd 0.1 mi
4. Turn left to stay on New Rd 0.2 mi
5. Turn right onto Warwick Rd/B4102 223 ft
6. Slight right to stay on Warwick Rd/B4102.
Continue to follow Warwick Rd 0.4 mi
7. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A41/B4025 ramp to M42/M40/Warwick/Ravenshaw/Knowle/N.E.C 0.4 mi
8. Merge onto Solihull By-Pass/A41 0.2 mi
9. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the M42 ramp to M1/M6/N.E.C. & Airport/Coventry 0.2 mi
10. Merge onto M42 3.0 mi
11. Take the A45 (W) exit toward Birmingham (E)/Airport 466 ft
12. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for A45/Coventry (S&W) 0.1 mi
13. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the A45 ramp to A452/Coventry/Leamington/Middle Bickenhill/Meriden 0.5 mi
14. Slight left onto Coventry Rd/A45 0.4 mi
15. Take the A452 ramp to Brownhills/Leamington/M42 0.3 mi
16. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Chester Rd/A452
Continue to follow A452 0.9 mi
17. Continue onto Stonebridge Rd/A446
Go through 2 roundabouts 3.0 mi
18. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Birmingham Rd/B4114
Continue to follow B4114
Destination will be on the left

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Walk Sections

Start to Hollyland
Start to Hollyland

Start point: 52.5027 lat, -1.7024 long
End point: 52.5088 lat, -1.6694 long

1. Cross the B114 Blythe Road and head down it, away from Coleshill, and alongside open fields. After about half a mile you will reach a left-hand corner and a stone bridge. Please take care on this road, particularly on the bend at the bridge, as it is a busy highway and traffic moves at speed.
2. Take the right hand track from this bridge, leading towards a metal gate. Look out for a waymark on your left and turn left at this point (do not go through the metal gate as it is private property) and follow a track in a field keeping the hedge on your right.
Note: this section can be very overgrown at certain times of the year.
3. Go through a metal stile in the corner of this field, next to Blyth Lodge, and continue along the right hand side of another field until you come to a track taking you diagonally left across the field and towards an electricity pylon in the distance.
4. When you come to a gap in the hedge at the end of the track go towards, and around, the hedge in front of you and continue to walk towards the electricity pylon with the hedge on your left.
5. The field track becomes a metalled lane once the pylon is passed and you should continue along this lane, passing Rose cottage (right) and Rose Tree Cottage (left, beware the dog on the trampoline) to reach a road junction.

Hollyland to Halfway point (wooden bridge)
Hollyland to Halfway point (wooden bridge)

Start point: 52.5088 lat, -1.6694 long
End point: 52.5044 lat, -1.6568 long

6. Keep ahead at the junction and enter Hollyland, a quiet country lane that will lead you past some pretty cottages and houses (notably Hollyland Cottage built in 1892) until the lane takes a left corner.
7. Leave Hollyland at this point and keep ahead through a metal gate to follow a rough track which leads to a builders yard. Cross the yard to take a gate in the right hand corner and follow a rough field track (can be overgrown) with a hedge on your right.
8. Go through another gate and continue diagonally across a further field and then follow the hedge around a further small field towards mature trees in the corner. Go through a metal gate in this corner. Be prepared for a volley of barks from the assorted dogs of the nearby farm. Take a rough grassy track through a small glade with a pond to your left and emerge through a metal gate onto Moat House Lane.
9. Cross the lane and just to your left you will find a metal gate. Go through this gate and either turn left to follow the edge of the field or take the diagonal path across it if it is clearly visible. Either option will lead you to a waymarked post and a metal gate on the far side of the field.
10. Go through the gate and then take the path leading you diagonally right across the field towards a distant marker post. When you reach the post you will be on a small wooden bridge which marks the halway point of this walk. As good a place as any to pause for refreshments!

Halfway point (wooden bridge) to Castle Lane
Halfway point (wooden bridge) to Castle Lane

Start point: 52.5044 lat, -1.6568 long
End point: 52.496 lat, -1.6631 long

11. After the bridge take the path that strikes out across a field and then follow its hedge until you reach a gate in the far corner.
12. Go through the gate to enter another field where you turn right to follow its hedgerows, with an isolated group of farm buildings visible to your left, seemingly built in the middle of the field.
13. In an angled nook of the hedgerow you will see a waymark and a small wooden bridge taking you right. Cross the bridge to go through a gate and into a cattle meadow. Keep to the track as it heads towards a metal gate.
Note: The temporary wire fencing on your right on this section is often electrified.
14. At the gate strike out right and diagonally across the meadow, following a faint track, until you walk down to a metal gate in its far corner.
15. Go through the gate and turn right along the farm track. Continue along this track, passing a strange fuel pumping station, to emerge onto Castle Lane for the second time, albiet a few miles further south.

Castle Lane to River Cole
Castle Lane to River Cole

Start point: 52.496 lat, -1.6631 long
End point: 52.4982 lat, -1.6963 long

16. Turn left along Castle Lane for a while, ignore the first metal gate you see on your right, pass two brick-built cottages, and then go through the second gate on your right and into a field.
17. Walk along the right hand side of this field with glimpses of Maxstoke golf course visible through its hedgerow and ignore the first metal gate. Continue along the field until you reach a second gate, turn right through this gate, to clamber through a hedge and out onto the boundary of the golf course.
18. Follow the waymarked posts through the golf course, taking care not to interfere with games in session and keeping your eyes and ears open for airborne golf balls. The path through the golf course takes you through stands of mature trees, and alongside a lake (a major hazard for inexperienced players from my observations) until eventually you leave the golf course through a metal gate.
19. You are now on an enclosed bridleway and in the distance you will see the spire of the church at Coleshill. Walk along this pleasant track and, when it eventually veers off to the right, continue ahead and along a smaller grassy track with the church spire acting as a way marker.
20. The track leads you to the modest and gently flowing river Cole, where an odd v-shaped bridge allows you to cross over and continue along a shady little track until a metal gate is reached.

River Cole to Church of St. Peter & St. Paul
River Cole to Church of St. Peter & St. Paul

Start point: 52.4982 lat, -1.6963 long
End point: 52.499 lat, -1.705 long

21. Go through the gate and head right to follow a discernable trail that leads you gently uphill, with the church spire now rising impressively into the sky to your right.
22. At the next gate, head diagonally right to a second gate, go through this onto a small lane, cross the lane and take another gate almost opposite to enter the grounds of the church.

Church of St. Peter & St. Paul to End
Church of St. Peter & St. Paul to End

Start point: 52.499 lat, -1.705 long
End point: 52.5027 lat, -1.7025 long

23. Turn left and follow the tarmac path through the cemetry and then into a lawned area in front of the church where benches are available should you need a rest. After admiring the (mostly) 19th century church of St. Peters and St. Pauls - it has far older treasures hidden insdie if you have the time to browse - walk beneath its imposing spire , along the left hand side of the church, and onto Church Hill. Turn right along this road and head down to the junction of Blythe Road. Turn right to walk along Blythe Road and back to the start point.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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6 images to "Coleshill Circular"

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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Looking towards Moat House Farm
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Stone bridge on the Blythe Road
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Wheatfields near Moat House Farm
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05 The bridge at the halfway point
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Near Dumble Wood
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Pastoral view of the river Cole

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