Whitacre

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Walk Description:

Leaving the main North Arden Heritage Trail where it joins Middle Lane, bear left up over the railway bridge [!]. At the T- junction, turn left heading into the village of Whitacre Heath (1), passing the ‘Swan’ pub on your left. On the green opposite is the Whitacre Heritage Feature (2). Continue along Station Road with the ‘Railway’ pub (3) on the right, past the Post Office, and out of the village.

Just past the Village Hall (4) on your left, pick up the waymarked path crossing the field towards the footbridge, re-joining the North Arden Heritage Trail on the other side. Bear left and continue back to your starting point.

Points of Interest:

1. Whitacre Heath is one of three Whitacres (Whitacre Heath, Nether Whitacre and Over Whitacre). It is so named as it is the Heath of Nether Whitacre and is not a separate Parish. It is of 19th Century origin.

2. The Whitacre Heritage Interpretation Feature was carved by stone sculptor Graeme Mitcheson. The twisting sandstone tower brings together the rivers and railways that played such a part in forming village life. Images of farming, nature, railway tracks and bridges all meet at its peak, just as all aspects of traditional village life come together in this beautiful parish.

3. The Railway Inn is so named as it was opposite the original Whitacre railway station, opened on 10th February 1842 by the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway (later to become the Midland Railway). On the 1st November 1864 the Birmingham to Nuneaton railway was opened, resulting in a new station at Whitacre Junction being built, and the original station at Whitacre Heath closing.

4. The new Village Hall in Whitacre was built with money raised from donation. One of the inside walls has a large mural depicting the rural life in the Parish of Nether Whitacre.

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