Coundon Wedge to Allesley Village
Explore the legacy of Saxon
Transcript of a Coventry Evening
Telegraph Country Walk with Ron Weston
7-Jan-2006 , with updates where needed
miles, Map 221 Explorer
Take a step back in time on this fine
It begins through the newly-planted Coundon Wood before
heading into the delightful English countryside which is Coundon Wedge. It
is a legacy from the Anglo-Saxon period and the best example of unspoiled Arden
in Warwickshire. Allesley Village is a conservation area with a Grade
A-listed church, the 16th-century Rainbow Inn and a number of historic buildings. Imagine the excitement as the mail
coaches thundered in from Birmingham and London.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Coventry follow the Tamworth Road B4098 to the edge of the city and just before
the Royal Court Hotel on the right turn left into the Coundon Hall sports fields
and park. GR 312 819.
- With your back to the road head past the right side of
the spinney and continue through a kissing gate bearing right to enter the new
- Walk-on to the extreme right corner and exit on to the
road and turn left.
- Cross the island into Coundon Wedge Drive and in 150
yards fork left at the footpath sign.
- Continue along the traffic-free lane and pass Rookery
Farm on the left and climb the hill to the perimeter fence of Coundon Court
- Turn right through the kissing gate and follow the
enclosed path around the school to reach the playing fields. Continue along the perimeter fence to its end at a
spinney and a cluster of gates.
- Turn right through the farthest gate and head towards
the church steeple, veering slightly left.
- At the corner go through the right-hand gate and cross
the small footbridge over the River Sherbourne into the next field.
- Follow the hedge on the left to its end and swing left
and then right to pass beneath the road bridge and go forward to turn left
over a small brick footbridge.
- Go up the field with the hedge on the left and pass
through the woodland burial ground to exit on to a track. Turn right and in 75 yards turn left at the waymark
post, head for the church and enter the church yard to follow the path to the
Old Birmingham Road.
- Ignore the steps and turn right past the Rainbow Inn
and turn right into Butchers Lane. At the top, cross into Staircase Lane and follow it
for a half mile to pass a -yellow-painted barrier on the left and go down the
hill to a sharp right bend.
- Turn left at a waymark post and aim up the centre of
the field to continue into the next field with the hedge on the left.
Turn right to exit on to the Jaguar service road and
cross to a waymark post.
- Bear left to pick up the hedge on your left and remain
in this direction to join the road and turn right to the island.
- Turn left into Long Lane and in 50 yards cross to
re-enter Coundon Wood.
- Follow the trail to return to Coundon Hall Park.
End of transcript - other information below
Good for Dogs rating:
Some parts good for dogs, but other parts involve farmland or crossing
For a more detailed map see Map22 K7 to J11 and Map21 I11 to I21 (best viewed together on All Maps page)
If you would like to extend this walk, a good choice would be to link it
to the Allesley Park & Village
walk - a walk by Keith Draper and published in the Coventry Evening
Telegraph in 2001. The two paths share the route from Allesley Church
to the Rainbow Inn. The Allesley Park route also allows a visit
to Allesley Park Walled Garden.
Coundon Wedge - leaving Wedge Wood and
walking towards Allesley Church