Fillongley

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Walk One:

Starting at the Fillongley heritage feature (1), take the footpath along the B4098 Tamworth Road until just before Fillongley Garage. Cross the road and take the waymarked footpath through the gate.

With the hedgerow on the right, cross the field to a stile, and a further field to a kissing gate. Turn right and go downhill through a gate to cross Didgley Brook. Follow the hedge on your right, past Black Hall Farm, crossing the field to the stile ahead. Cross the next field to a kissing gate and then turn right onto a track, joining the North Arden Heritage Trail. Follow this, turning right when you come to a lane. After about 50 yards, turn left onto another track, keeping to this as far as the Tamworth Road.

Cross the road, and walk along the grass verge as far as a stile on the left, opposite the works entrance. This can be done in two sections, each starting at the Fillongley heritage feature (1) at the crossroads, or as one longer continuous walk.

Follow the hedge on the left down to a kissing gate, and then the waymarked path through the Fillongley Mill Farm development to a steep set of steps. Turn right down a drive between buildings and then ahead along a garden path to cross a low brick wall into another drive.

Turn right, leaving the North Arden Heritage Trail, and after crossing a bridge, head diagonally up the field towards the power lines and Tippers Hill Farm (2). Keep the hedgerow on your right to the top of the hill. Where it turns away to the right, head across the field towards the farm.

With the farm buildings to your left, follow the edge of the field until it narrows. Go around the end of the field and back to the right along the far hedge as far as a waymarked opening.

Aiming for the houses ahead, go downhill to a gate and after crossing another field, through two further gates to Berryfield Farm. Take the track which turns to the left in front of the houses, joining a lane bearing to the right past a row of houses, then meeting Nuneaton Road. Cross the road, turn right, and if returning to the starting point, go on to the crossroads along the footpath.

If continuing the walk, go as far as the bridge over the stream, turn left onto the waymarked path, and then go to (*).

Walk Two:

Starting at the Fillongley heritage feature (1), take the footpath along the B4102 Nuneaton Road as far as the bridge over the stream, turning right onto the waymarked path.

(*) Continue as far as Church Road, then turn left and cross over to reach the entrance to the playing fields (3). Cross the playing fields, passing the Scout hut on your right. With the brook and hedge to your right, exit in the corner of the field, following the waymark path uphill across fields (4) as far as a track.

Turn right onto Green Lane, going down, and then uphill as far as another track on the right. Turn right through metal barriers into Hobgoblin Lane, eventually exiting onto the tarmac footpath at Coventry Road. Bear to your left and follow the road as far as the waymarked path on your right opposite Wood End Lane.

Head downhill towards the traffic noise from the M6. At the junction of paths, bear to your right and pick up the path crossing the fields (5), heading back towards Fillongley Church (6). Bear left around the end of the last field, do not take the track towards the houses, and exit in the corner coming out at Fillongley Castle (7), an ancient monument.

Turn right and continue following the waymark signs, over a plank bridge to a kissing gate. Then turn right around the edge of the field to a wooden gate and stile. Turn right over a footbridge and along a passageway between houses, exiting onto the Coventry Road. Bear left into the village, passing St Mary’s and All Saints Church (6) on the right, a short distance from your original starting point.

Points of interest:

1. The Fillongley Heritage Feature: Fillongley’s heritage interpretation feature is ‘The Family’. Carved by Graeme Mitcheson from sandstone, it shows the family group with each member holding a representation of local heritage. The father - a lamb, for its farming history. The mother - a lantern, recalling the light that used to always burn in the church to remember villagers who had passed away. The daughter - a banner of silk, to remember the towns ancient silk weaving industry and showing part of the historic De Hastings family coat of arms. The son - a loaf of bread, a tribute to the village’s ancient mill and a reminder that the village was at one time self-sufficient.

2. There are great views over the landscape from up here. Daw Mill Colliery lies in the valley, while Shustoke Church stands on higher ground. On a clear day, you can see Birmingham City Centre and beyond to Staffordshire & Worcestershire. In the past, the view would have been full of smoking chimneys and steaming cooling towers.

3. Fillongley had two castles at various times but all that remains today are earthworks and a few stones. At Castle Hills to the north-east of the village, a mound and a moat show clearly the site of a Norman motte and bailey, founded by Robert Marmion. Nearby, Little London is the site of two fishponds, which today survive as earthworks.

4. There are fine views from here back to Fillongley in the valley.

5. Look out for kingfishers and buzzards near the brook, as well as ancient alder trees.

6. The pretty Church of St Mary and All Saints dates from the 12th century but has developed over the centuries. As with many churches in this area, it is built of glowing red sandstone.

7. To the south-west of the village is the site of Fillongley’s other castle. Here, some earthworks survive from a motte and bailey founded by Johannes de Hastings in 1301.

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