Transcript of Coventry Evening Telegraph Urban Walk 21-Apr-2001
Get on the trail of wood and water
THIS week's urban walk was devised by newsagent Bill Sutton and takes us through Earlsdon, across Hearsal1 Common and back through old Canley.
The walk starts from the park-and-ride car park at the. War Memorial Park, and heads off along Earlsdon Avenue South, passing the ornate drinking fountain on the edge of Styvechale Common.
We pass elegant Victorian and Edwardian houses on
the way to the roundabout at the City Arms, a famed pub which was rebuilt
in the grand Tudor style in 1929 (and recently revamped as a Wetherspoon's
Proceed along Earlsdon Avenue North to reach Hearsall Common at the Clarence Inn (now the Old Clarence), which was originally opened purely as an off-sales outlet by trick cyclist Sam Brown at the outbreak of the First World War.
From the Clarence strike a path diagonally across the common to the junction of Canley Road with Hearsall Common Road and cross straight ahead, making for the cycle speedway track, says Bill.
Carry-on to the woodland, keeping the allotments with their old hedgerows on your right; as you enter the wood look for the pond restored by wildlife trust volunteers.
Veering to the right, continue through scrubland at the back of Whoberley Avenue making for the sharp corner at Guphill Avenue.
Turn left here and pass through mature woodland parallel with Guphill Avenue (often very muddy); wildlife enthusiasts have placed numerous nesting boxes in the trees; look out for jays, sparrowhawks, owls, tree creepers and woodpeckers.
The trail now crosses Broad Lane and continues alongside an old hedgerow to reach the dual carriageway at Tile Hill Lane. Cross over and continue along another hedgerow to Canley Road and take the road over the railway, pausing to admire the allotment gardens.
Continue along Beechwood Avenue which bends round to the right and reach the sharp left turn. Walk ahead along Bates Road and at the bottom of the hill take to the narrow footpath cutting through Hearsall Golf Course.
Soon we reach the site of the old Canley Milk Bar where milkshakes, ice creams and afternoon teas are sadly but a memory, said Bill.
Take a short detour to the ford through a sunken lane worn down by centuries of carts, and returning watch for the steps on the right. This leads to the nature reserve created by Friends of Canley Ford. On the meadow is an impressive metal sculpture of a kestrel.
Return to the lane leading up to Kenilworth Road; Bill saw a pair of grey wagtails chasing along one of the muddy ditches when he did the walk.
Cross over Kenilworth Road and enter Coat of Arms Bridge Road; before reaching the War Memorial Park strike off to the left through the ancient woodland of Stivichall Common.
Generations ago commoners would have grazed animals here and coppiced for firewood and fencing stakes.
Soon walkers return to the starting point at the park
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See also Hearsall Common .
Hearsall Common is a good area for walking dogs, with lots of open grassland, and to the west some open woodland. Beware however of the busy roads which cross the middle, with no hedges or fences.