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Baginton Walkers - 2010 walks

December 2010 Walk

The walk due to be started at The Bear at Berkswell was abondoned due to poor weather, however the pre-Christmas lunch at The Bear took place and was enjoyed by all.

 

November 2010 Walk

It was drizzling when we arrived at the New Inn, Norton Lindsey and parked where the village stocks once stood. Here offenders were seated with their backs to the vices of the pub and looking towards the virtues of Holy Trinity church. After an inital half-mile along a well-maintained track, we turned off through the yard of Lower House Farm and then climbed a gentle hill to Blacon Farm. Here we stopped for coffee in a derelict barn. The only really waterlogged stretch of the walk was part of a footpath through woodland, littered with abandoned, fallen branches that brought tears to the eyes of the domestic wood-burners amongst us. After crossing a field, we came to a further wood, which enclosed ponds populated by a remarkably large flock of Mallard ducks. Emerging from the woods, we crossed a cricket field then a short walk along Norton Lindsey's Main Street took us past the ancient Dorrel Oak and various buildings spanning the 14th to 18th centuries. We enjoyed an excellent meal in the New Inn and shared stories of industrial accidents we had known and the treachery of competing wood-gatherers.



April 2017 Walk
For our next walk on Tuesday 11th April we meet at 9.45am near

Newbold Comyn. From Coventry take A46 Warwick Bypass and turn

off onto A452 to Leamington Spa. In Leamington, turn left at

the T-junction to traffic lights, turn right to the next set of

lights, then turn left and follow sign to Newbold Comyn. Drive

past the leisure centre and park in the first car park on your

left.

March 2017 Walk
Our March walk, led and reported by Chris Goodwin of Baginton

Oak fame, started at The Red Lion in Hellidon, just over the

Northants border by Daventry. The Licensee opened the doors

early to take our lunch order and allow access to the

“facilities” for the older walkers who can go less time between

comfort breaks.

11 people and 2 collies set off at 10am sharp on a very quiet

road passing Hellidon Lakes Golf Club and Hotel which really

should be called Hellidon Hills, as I have played this course

often and there are a lot more hills than lakes. Once we’d

passed the Golf Course we left the road on a footpath, with

wonderful views over the Warwickshire countryside, in the

direction of Southam and Leamington, descending to the

Millennium Way footpath and onto the village of Priors Marston,

taking the compulsory coffee stop just before the village.

We had difficulties with stiles at this point, both with the

people and dogs, with one stile having a gate on it to add an

extra element of difficulty.  The dogs had to be manhandled

over them which they didn’t like, with Jasper eventually

deciding to jump a particularly difficult one which, at 12

years of age and suffering from arthritis, was an amazing feat

especially considering that access to the car sometimes needs

assistance.

The village itself is particularly wonderful; well kept with an

amazing array of picturesque cottages and houses, a war

memorial for the 11 dead from World War 1 and the venue for

Roger’s annual family get together, which Rheba was very

excited about when she recognised where we were.

After the village we trudged through muddy fields and woodland

to cross the golf course low down, leaving a steep climb back

to the village with more beautiful houses. Here we cut through

the churchyard where Roger spent what seemed like an eternity

reminiscing with the workmen who had once passed through our

village.

The lunch was very good but the licensee told us that at the

end of the month he was leaving after 81/2 years and the pub

would close; it is sad that another village loses its pub -

especially a good one like The Red Lion.

One a final note - “big” Roger bashed his head on a beam in the

pub, which I thought was probably a first for someone as

vertically challenged, but he informed us that since he’d been

losing his hair it happened all the time!


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