Ansley

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Walk Desciption:

A relatively easy walk through Ansley village and Ansley Common.

Leaving the Heritage Feature (1) in Ansley village, head north along the B4112 Birmingham Road, following the tarmac footpath to Church End (2).

Bear right onto the B4114 Nuneaton Road, passing at once a waymarked path on the left and continuing to a second around a bend in the road. Cross the road, go through a kissing gate and pick up the waymarked path across the fields (3).

Cross a brook, keep to the left of Ox Hayes Farm and continue along the waymarked path, keeping to the right of Lady Wood Farm. Join the farm track and then take the right waymarked path, joining the Centenary Way (4), towards the houses.

Exit onto Pipers Lane, turning right and leaving the Centenary Way. To the left, is a dismantled railway bridge (5). Follow the footpath as far as a waymarked path on the right, opposite the last industrial unit and just before reaching the main road.

Cross the fields and follow the path around the brick garden wall to the B4114 Coleshill Road, opposite to Ansley Hall. Turn right and along the footpath as far as the houses. Cross the road to a waymarked path across the fields, and then go between a large barn and Thornyfield Wood.

Follow the farm track alongside the wood. At the end of the wood, go through an opening in the hedge on the right. With the hedge now on your left, follow it down across the fields to a paved track at Hockley.

Turn right and join the North Arden Heritage Trail and the Centenary Way again. Follow the track past a gate to where it bears left by some houses. Take the waymarked path on the right and continue along, passing Barn Moor Farm on the left. Eventually enter the corner of Barn Moor Wood, exiting back into open fields.

Continue along the waymarked path to reach your starting point in Ansley village.

Points of Interest:

1. The Ansley Heritage Feature: In the centre of Ansley stands the heritage feature known simply as ‘The Boulder’. On this magnificent five tonne sandstone sculpture, artist Graeme Mitcheson has carved memories and reflections of Ansley’s heritage.

You can easily spot carvings of ribbon making, coal mining and railways. However, some relate to legend and religion as a representation of a Norman carving in St Laurence’s Church shows a Christian’s fight with good and evil. Other elements include the Ludford family coat of arms, brook jumping and the local Great Crested Newt.

2. Before the Norman Conquest, land here was owned by Leofric, Earl of Mercia, and his wife Lady Godiva. She helped to found the Church of St Laurence at Church End in around 1050. Take the time to visit the church, enjoy its tranquility and see how easily it carries its ten centuries of history.

3. People have cultivated the land here for thousands of years, working with nature and wildlife. Remember this as you cross the fields from Nuneaton Road towards Ox Hayes Farm. Look out for running hares and hovering kestrels.

4. You only walk the Centenary Way for a short distance here but it is a 100 mile long path starting at Kingsbury Water Park and ending at Upper Quinton, near Stratford upon Avon.

5. The old brick retaining walls here used to carry the colliery railway which took coal from Ansley Hall Colliery, sunk in 1878, to the main railway line at Stockingford, near Nuneaton.

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