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Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two

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Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two
Author: Mark Walford, Published: 10 Sep 2012 Walk Rating:star0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two Walking Guide star0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two Walking Guide star0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two Walking Guide star0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two Walking Guide star0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two Walking Guide
Warwickshire,
Walk Type: Long distance path
Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two
Length: 12 miles,  Difficulty: boot Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two Walking Guide boot Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two Walking Guide boot Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two Walking Guide
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The second day of the Warwickshire Centenary Way (southbound) long distance path, starting at Hartshill Hayes country park and ending at Hawkesbury Junction on the Coventry Canal. A walk of variation, taking in rolling farmland, mining villages, and several miles of canal towpaths. There are a number of stiles and kissing gates to negotiate and there is livestock in many fields. A lengthy yet rewarding ramble through North Warwickshire, offering some quiet out-of-the way corners of the county contrasting with more urbanised sections.

The walk starts at Hartshill Hayes Country Park (http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/hartshill-hayes-country-park/) near Nuneaton. There is a small car parking fee for the day.
Post code CV10 0TE
Approx. co-ordinates 52.545851,-1.533907

The walk ends at Hawkesbury Junction on the Coventry Canal near Coventry. There is free parking on the road to the Greyhound Inn.
Post code CV6 6DF
Approx. co-ordinates 52.457146,-1.469961

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Walk Sections

Hartshill Hayes to Ansley Common
Hartshill Hayes to Ansley Common

Start point: 52.5461 lat, -1.5342 long
End point: 52.5387 lat, -1.5375 long

With your back to the toilet block walk half right and take the path that bears left around the fenced reservoir. Enjoy the views here for a while before continuing along the path for a short distance and then follow the tree line left to strike out across grass to pick up a track leading down to an exit and Oldbury Lane. Go across the lane and enter a field by the way-marker. Walk ahead to a double power pole, and continue ahead over the crest of the field. Bear left towards the far corner of the field and take the gate\stile.

Follow the main grassy track down to a further gate\stile and follow the left hedge line to a kissing gate. Keep to the left of the next large field and head to the left corner to go through a kissing gate. Head to the right of the farm buildings ahead-left of you and go through the kissing gate that lets you onto a farm track. Follow this track through to the village of Ansley Common and the B4114 Coleshill Road.

Ansley Common to Galley Common
Ansley Common to Galley Common

Start point: 52.5387 lat, -1.5375 long
End point: 52.5231 lat, -1.5431 long

Cross the road and then turn right for a few hundred yards until you reach the sign for Lime Coppice. Turn left here to take a path between houses, passing garages, to emerge into a large field. Ahead and slightly left you will see a group of trees. Head towards these trees and then follow the track that leads you to the left of woodland. The path skirts around the edge of the wood and then takes you downhill across a further large field to a gate leading to a track.

Walk along the lane, ignore the first right hand stile and carry on to the second, turning right into a field. Keep ahead on this field to cross a stile mid-hedge and continue the same line across the next field to a hedge corner. Keep the hedge on your left and follow it to a corner gate/stile. Follow the right hand hedge of the next field along and around a corner to cross a mid-hedge stile onto a lane.

Cross the lane and take the stile opposite. Keep to the left of the next field and cross a footbridge to follow the right hand hedge of the field beyond. Go through the kissing gate and onto a lane (Tunnel Road) at Galley Common.

Galley Common to Seeswood Pool
Galley Common to Seeswood Pool

Start point: 52.5231 lat, -1.5431 long
End point: 52.5109 lat, -1.5165 long

Cross the road and take the lane ahead of you (Haunchwood Park Drive) and walk towards business units. Watch out for a stile to your right after 140 yards. Cross the road to go through this stile and climb the grassy hill to its summit. Head down the other side, making for the corner where the tree line meets a hedge, and go through the gate here. Follow the tree line on your left and then, at its end, take the stile second left (Note: immediate left would see you double back on yourself) to follow a small track that soon bends right and leads into a large field via a stile.

Keep the hedge of the field on your left and walk around the right corner before taking a gap to your left after 50 yards approx. Continue along further field edges with the hedges now on your right until you reach a lane (Park Lane). Turn right towards dwellings and as you draw level with the first flats take a stile right - across the road – and into a field. Follow the right hedge of the field to go through a corner gap and then turn sharp left through a gate/stile. Follow this field’s left hedge to a stile and the B4114 (Ansley Road) near Robinsons End.

Turn left along this road for 150 yds and then cross it to take a fenced path which will take you over a stile and into a field. Follow the right hedge for approx. 100 yards to a double power pole and then cross the field left towards mid-hedge trees and a gate/stile. Follow this field’s left hedge for about 160 yards and then go right and down to a gate in the field’s bottom hedge. Follow a grass track and take the gate/stile. Go up parallel with the left hedge to cross a stile, a plank and a second stile. Follow the next field’s right hedge to a corner stile which will bring you onto the B4102 (Astley Lane). Turn left to walk along this lane for about a third of a mile until you reach Seeswood Pool on your left.

Seeswood Pool to Bermuda Village
Seeswood Pool to Bermuda Village

Start point: 52.5109 lat, -1.5165 long
End point: 52.5076 lat, -1.4804 long

Continue along the lane past Seeswood Pool for about 300 yards until you see two gates on the opposite side of the road. Take the gap/stile at the left gate and continue along the right side of the field towards woodland. Follow the woodland path bearing right, crossing a track, to continue through trees and onto a track which is fenced on your left.

Walk along this track with fields on your right until you reach a junction. Turn right at the junction to walk along a farm drive. Follow the drive as it bends left towards the farm and just before its entrance turn right to follow the hedge in front of the house. Continue along this hedge towards woodland and take the stile in the corner to follow a short track to a field.

Cross the field to follow a bank on your right to a mark-post near a gap on the right. At this point, cross the field left again, turn right to follow the tree line to reach a track (Harefield Lane). Turn left along this lane and walk along it towards Bermuda Village. Ignore the first road (right) you reach and continue along Harefield Lane via black metal gates until you reach a junction with Bermuda Road.

Bermuda Village to Marston Junction
Bermuda Village to Marston Junction

Start point: 52.5076 lat, -1.4804 long
End point: 52.4902 lat, -1.4591 long

Turn right here, crossing Bermuda Road with rows of terraced cottages to your right, and walk towards the rise that is a bridge crossing the A444. Continue over the bridge to a corner and then turn right to walk along St. Georges Way with industrial units on your right.

After about a third of a mile look out for a steel bridge across the road on your left and walk under this bridge to follow a tarmac path. Bear right at a junction to walk under the B4113 via a subway. Go on for 350 yards through wooded tracks (at the next two forks bear right) to eventually join the Coventry Canal. Turn right at the tow path and follow it around to an old brick bridge (Bridge 18).

Cross the bridge and turn right to continue along the canal towpath on the opposite side but in the same direction. You now follow the canal towpath for about a mile to reach Marston Junction.

Marston Junction to Hawkesbury Junction
Marston Junction to Hawkesbury Junction

Start point: 52.4902 lat, -1.4591 long
End point: 52.4579 lat, -1.469 long

At the junction, cross over the Ashby de la Zouch Canal which strikes off to your left and continue along the towpath of the Coventry Canal for another mile to reach bridge 14. Cross over the bridge to rejoin the towpath. Note: Do not go UNDER bridge. Follow the canal towpath for a final 1.8 miles to reach Hawkesbury Junction and the end of the walk.

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16 gallery images for "Centenary Way (Warks) Day Two"

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The day starts at Hartshill Hayes Country Park
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Trees in a field near Arley Common
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Barn (?) near Arley Common
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Approaching the village of Arley Common
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Leaving Arley Common
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Wheatfields near Galley Common
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Arriving at Galley Common
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From the top of the hill at Galley Common
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The big grassy hill that needs to be climbed
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Seedley Pond near Stockingford - a private fishing lake.
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Terraced cottages at Bermuda Village
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Walking the towpath of the Coventry Canal
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Liesure boats at Marston Junction
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Passing by Bedworth on the Coventry Canal
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The final section on the Coventry Canal
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The end point of the day - Hawkesbury Junction near the Greyhound Inn, Coventry.

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Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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