Hartshill

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Stone and manganese have been quarried in this area since Roman times. Quarries and quarrymen have come and gone but their legacy remains. During this walk, discover impressive views of Jees Quarry, Boon’s Quarry and man-made Mount Jud. Stone sculptures, heritage and geological information feature along the route to tell you more about Hartshill’s fascinating and explosive history.

A quarryman’s life was hard. In the early days they used only simple hand tools like a levering bar, chisel and hammer. Sometimes the quarrymen worked from cradles suspended on ropes down the rock face. Later, gunpowder was used to open up large areas of rock. The stone was ‘dressed’ in the quarry before being taken away on horse-drawn wagons. Machines gradually replaced horses - firstly small steam-driven locos then diesel-engined dump trucks.

The walk passes over the Coventry Canal at Wood Bridge. Stone was brought to the canal by horsedrawn wagons, lorries and rail where it was tipped into narrowboats for onward transportation. Its main use was for roadbuilding.

It is possible to walk shorter sections of the trail by using the canal towpath and other footpaths in the area. The trail is steep in places and can be muddy, so strong boots are advised during winter and wet periods.

For more information about this “Quarryman’s Walk” please contact Groundwork Coventry and Warwickshire on 01676 524320 or email: co@groundwork.org.uk

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