Merevale

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A relatively easy walk taking in areas of our rural and Industrial heritage.

Leaving the King’s Head pub on the right and Merevale Lodges on the left, head towards the A5 and Holly Lane Island. This part of the walk is a continuation of the North Arden Heritage Trail.

Cross Merevale Lane at Holly Lane Island, continuing along the A5 (Roman Road). On the left, opposite 9 Wharf Cottages, take the waymarked path into the wooded area and continue along with the A5 to your right. This path, The Paddy Line (1), is a dismantled railway and now used as a footpath running from the A5 to Baddesley.

Continuing along the Paddy Line, leaving the A5 behind and admire the views of Merevale Hall (2) to the left. At the end of the path, bear to the right, and immediately left onto Folly Lane. Continue uphill away from the junction with Waste Lane, soon after crossing a stile and taking the left hand path across the fields, heading towards Merevale Lane and The Gatehouse.

Upon reaching Merevale Lane, opposite The Gatehouse (3), bear to your left and continue down the lane until you reach Holly Lane Island. Re-trace your steps back to your starting point.

Points of interest:

1. This old trackbed used to carry the branch railway taking coal to the main line at Atherstone. It was known locally as the Paddy Line and was built around 1871. The line closed in 1970.

2. Merevale Hall was built in 1840 and was designed by Edward Blore, who later completed Buckingham Palace and worked on St James’ and Lambeth Palaces. The Hall is currently occupied by the Dugdale family, who also own Blyth Hall, Shustoke.

3. On Merevale Lane stands the ancient Gate Chapel. It is the only Cistercian Gate Chapel in the United Kingdom which is still used throughout the year. It was founded by Robert, Earl Ferrers, for visitors to Merevale Abbey, whose ruins lie on private land.

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