Mancetter

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A challenging walk encompassing the rural nature of North Warwickshire, with panoramic views across the Anker Valley and interesting geological features.

Leaving Mancetter Church turn right into Quarry Lane (signposted Purley Chase Golf Club) going past Mancetter Manor. Follow Quarry Lane over the railway and through the traffic lights to Mancetter Bridge (No. 36) over the Coventry Canal [!] taking care as there is no footpath in places.

(If you parked by Coventry Canal start from here).

Cross over the canal and after a few yards turn left on the way marked path towards Stoneleigh Quarry Farm. Continue along this track until you reach a way marker on the right before a stable block. Passing through two gates, continue to follow way marked path keeping to the left of the field boundary hedge as you head uphill. At the top of the hill enjoy the views behind you, of the countryside of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, and on a clear day, parts of Derbyshire (1)&(2). Following the hedge, continue along the way marked path, with Mancetter Quarry in the distance to the right.

At the bottom of the hill, take the path to the left for a short distance, and then turn right through the hedge into the adjoining field, following the boundaries before eventually entering woodland over a footbridge. Continue along the main path, climbing steeply up, ignoring any side paths until you come to a clearing at the top of the hill. This is part of Hartshill Hayes Country Park (3), with the path to the left heading in towards the Park and facilities offered. Continue along the main path to the right, adjacent to the wooded area, passing through a gateway and onto Oldbury Lane [!]. Turn right down Oldbury Lane [!], passing Oldbury Grange on the left. After passing The Lodge on the right, take the next way marked path on the right, which leads you back to Mancetter Quarry (4).

Continue along this path, through a gate, and with the quarry on your right you reach a way mark sign and gate. Go straight on, do not turn left. (at this point you join part of the Atherstone Parish Loop) On the left is the Mancetter Heritage Feature (5). Follow the path as far as the gate leading out to Purley Chase Lane [!], turn right and continue downhill, joining the way marked path into the woods on the left. Follow a wide path through the woods, and at the end go through a tall gate, over a footbridge, and across a field to another footbridge. Cross the bridge and follow a narrow steep path up to another tall gate. Through the gate to a meeting of paths and then take the track to your right, crossing the Coventry Canal at Outwoods Bridge (No.38). To return to your starting point bear to your right down the steps to the canal towpath, then turn left and walk along the towpath until you reach Mancetter Bridge (No. 36). Bear left immediately after passing under the bridge and climb up to Quarry Lane.

To return to Mancetter Church turn right along Quarry Lane.

Points of interest

1. Fine views across the Anker Valley once you reach the top of the hill at the start of the walk. On a clear day you can get panoramic views of four counties. Also look for Bradgate Park which is in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire. This is an outcrop of volcanic rock formed at the same time as the hills around Mancetter and Atherstone.

2. The spoil heap to the North is known as Jee's after the local family who owned the quarry from the early 19th Century till 1970.

3. Hartshill Hayes Country Park covers 137 acres of ancient woodland and open hilltop.

4. Look for the different strata at Mancetter Quarry, which takes you back to our ancient and turbulent past when Earth was being formed. (There is an information board near to the Mancetter Heritage Feature (5)

5. The Mancetter Heritage Feature: Mancetter’s Jubilee Quarry has an exciting feature for walkers to enjoy, to stop for a bite to eat, a well-earned rest or just to pause and enjoy the surroundings and the simple beauty of the six carved stones that make up the sculpture. The artist, Ant Beetlestone, carved each piece with images and representations of Mancetter’s unique ancient Roman history and Queen Boudicca. Visit the piece and amongst others you’ll see carvings of Celtic trumpet blowers announcing the charge into battle, Boudicca herself taking up arms against the oppression of the Romans, and faces representing the spirits of the dead…the ghosts that are said to march up the track, past the benches themselves.

The artist used the volcanic rock Diorite which is mined at Mancetter Quarry and was donated by Tarmac for the sculpture. It is described as "salt and pepper" because of its black and white colouring.

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