Boxing Day Walk
Led by Leighton Jones 077111 512181.
The traditional post-Christmas walk takes place again this year, so why not stretch your legs on a gentle 3 mile walk with mulled wine and mince pies at the end – as if you needed more to eat!
Starts from the Guild House prompt at 11am – ALL welcome, so bring the family & guests. No dogs please, they struggle with the stiles and fall in the canal. Weather guaranteed; I don’t know what it’ll be, but there will be weather! The walk takes place anyway.
Temple Balsall Tea & Cakes Walk
Led by Leighton Jones 077111 512181.
Meet at new Fen End Road car park, 4 miles.
The traditional Temple Balsall Tea & Cakes walk took place on Sunday in glorious weather which brought 30 walkers out – or was it the cakes that did it? The 4 mile route took us across the fields to Barston Church, then back via Springfield House and the Cuttlebrook Millennium Wood. Refreshments were served in the Old Hall, Temple Balsall and all had their fill of the home-made cakes on offer.
Fields, Lanes and Hampton Arboretum Walk
Meet at Hampton in Arden Sports Club car park, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden. Postcode B92 0DQ in time for a 7pm start. Approx. 3.5 miles.
The Rector of Hampton Church has kindly agreed to open the church and give us a short chat about its interesting history. I’m hoping that most people will find this of interest. Those that don’t will be taken up the tower and thrown off, as per ancient tradition!
[Hampton Church was the Parish Church for Knowle prior to Knowle Church being created as a parish church.]
Led by Mike Fisher 07973 538632
A good turnout for this walk saw 20+ walkers enjoy a lovely evening for a walk around Hampton-in-Arden. Starting from the Sports Centre we wandered through the spinney and the arboretum before crossing Hampton Manor grounds and arriving at the Church for a very informative talk from the rector, accompanied by tea & cake. We then walked down through the village and out on Marsh Lane, before returning to the sports centre, passing the Coptic Orthodox Church. Only 3 miles, but a great evening.
Baddesley Clinton Fields & Lanes Walk
Nearest Postcode B93 0DG. Led by Mike Fisher.
Walk length – 4 miles.
Apologies to those people who gathered at the original meeting point for this walk; you equalled in number those who met at the new location which was changed on the website only on 31st March and also circulated by email then to members whose addresses the Society has.
My personal apologies for causing the confusion through the late change of start location. This was necessary as it became clear that some people would not be able to park at the NT car park without being a member. We will include the leader’s mobile phone number in the website reminder notice in future and ensure that any changes are posted on the website as soon as they become known. Please let us have your email address if you would like to receive emails from the Society and help to avoid this problem in future. Contact us through the ‘walks’ email address which is on the Programme Card being distributed with the current Newsletter.
Annual Boxing Day Walk
A very popular event attracting adult, child and canine walkers! Be warned though that large dogs cannot cope with the stiles on this walk.
Mulled wine and mince pies are served en route.
Walk length 4 miles.
The Boxing Day Walk went off well again – the 40th Year, we learnt from one of the walkers. Approximately 100 walkers set out and most of them finished the walk at Knowle Locks. [Some decided that three miles in slippery, muddy conditions was a little too far and bailed out at Hampton Rd or Kixley Lane on the last leg, especially those with big dogs.]
Midsummer Walk – Two Canals
Kingswood Junction is on the Stratford Canal at Lapworth. The car park is on Brome Hall Lane, near the B4439 junction. Nearest Postcode B94 5RA.
Walk length – 3 miles.
Fields, Lanes and Hampton In Arden Arboretum Walk
Did you know that there was an arboretum at Hampton in Arden?
A four to five mile walk led by Mike Fisher. The approximate postcode of the meeting place is B92 0DQ.
Only two people turned up for the walk owing to the blustery, showery and unsettled weather. We just did the 3.5 mile walk in the reverse direction and popped into the 800 year old Hampton church for a look around, stopped for a sit down and refreshments in the Arboretum, didn’t get too wet and saw the sun break through occasionally. Because so few people turned up we hope to repeat the walk sometime.
Temple Balsall Tea & Cakes Walk
A 3-4 mile guided stroll around the estate of historic Temple Balsall, culminating in tea and cakes at the 13th century Old Hall, for a modest charge of £2.
It will be a good route with a highly sociable crowd and in decent weather if any of you could be tempted to come along……….
Canal, Woods and Fields Walk – NEW DATE
Four miles. Led by Mike Fisher. This walk was postponed from 4 June because of poor weather.
Having had to be cancelled last month due to deluges, this week’s walk took place on a warm, dry evening. A large group of members led by Mike Fisher was taken on a walk from Knowle Park across fields towards Grove Road then passed the ‘Kings Arms’ [formerly known as The Heron’s Nest]. Well, some didn’t actually pass it but decided that refreshments were required! The remainder of the party continued back to Knowle via the canal, leaving at the locks to re-enter the village via the Kenilworth Rd. An excellent way of spending a Wednesday evening in high summer weather.
Know Your Knowle Walk
Four miles. Discover the hidden ways through Knowle. Led by Leighton Jones.
The evening of Wednesday 9th July was suitably warm and dry for the latest Knowle Society walk. Thirty two walkers assembled at Knowle Village Hall for an exploration of the hidden routes through the housing estates of Knowle. The route wandered through all the areas between Knowle Park and Tilehouse Green Lane, making use of the frequent footpaths that are hidden to those who only drive around. Most of the party discovered at least one access that they were unaware of, so hopefully this will enable more use of them while enhancing the enjoyment of walking.
Fields and Canal Towpath Walk
The first day of Summer Time.
3 – 4 miles. Meet at the Heron’s Nest on the A4141 south of Knowle. All welcome.
After the downpours of the morning, fifteen hardy souls were surprised by a sunny and warm afternoon as they enjoyed a two hour stroll from the fringes of Knowle to outskirts of Lapworth across the fields and over the siles before returning along the Grand Union Canal this afternoon, in the first outing of the Knowle Society’s 2014 Walks Programme.
Picture – Time to take a whiff at Turnover Bridge, off Chapel Lane, Chessetts Wood.
Boxing Day traditional walk
Under cloudless skies, with the sun flickering through the branches of the trees, somewhere around 80-90 mixed regulars and newcomers enjoyed a splendid stroll around the local lanes, along the canal towpath, over stiles and across fields to be welcomed by warm mince pies and even more warming mulled wine at the Football Club Car Park.
Canal & fields via Henwood Mill & Ravenshaw Walk
This walk will encompass the canal towpath and fields; it will pass Henwood Mill, Ravenshaw Hall and Whale Tankers – 3 miles.
The short break in the rain came at the right time for the Knowle Society Bluebell walk of 2012. It must have been the shock of a fine evening that brought out 32 walkers to enjoy a modest 3 mile walk from Knowle towards Barston. We were very lucky to pass bluebells in hedgerow and wood. It was very pleasing to discover that the vast majority were the native English variety, although there was one clump of Spanish ones that had escaped from a garden. This did enable us to study the differences between the types.
Despite the rain of late the ground was not too muddy, although boots were the order of the day. Despite the sometime difficult conditions we made good time and finished well before darkness fell!
‘Neighbour Day’ Walk
The 25th March is ‘Neighbour Day’ in Australia which is their annual celebration of Community Spirit. Would you like to join us in a leisurely afternoon circular walk through our lovely countryside? 3- 4 miles
One of the finest March days drew an 18 strong group of members to join the ‘ Neighbourhood Day’ walk on 25th March. Leaving from the Guild House the route took in Kenilworth Road and Kixley Lane before heading north on the canal to Grove Farm. We then worked our way back towards Knowle through the lanes and housing estates to the east of the Warwick Road. In the process most people learned more about their neighbourhood and chatted to other Society members and therefore their neighbours.
Temple Balsall Walk
The traditional ‘Tea & Cakes’ walk. Don’t use the car park opposite the school, but carry on down Fen End West Road another couple of hundred yards, around the bend and take the drive on the right down to the ‘new’ car park.
The final walk of the ‘summer’ season took place on Sunday 25th September and, in accord with recent tradition, started at Temple Balsall. I was surprised and very pleased when twelve people (and a dog) turned out on a very wet afternoon, although the dog did decide that enough was enough after a third of the route and very sensibly decided to take its owner back home. The rest of us continued and of course the rain stopped and the sun came out! We were rewarded at the end of the walk as usual with tea & cakes at the Old Hall.
3 – 4 miles mainly road or pavements. Let’s see whether I can find a part of Knowle where you’ve never been before!
The walk at the end of June around the more obscure parts of Knowle demonstrated how hardy the Society’s members are. Despite the presence of dark and threatening clouds and a weather forecast of very heavy rain, 18 members turned out for this walk.
We set off from the car park behind the Church, through Crabmill Close and the car park of the Wilson’s Arms before cutting through the Legion into Arden Vale Rd. All was well until this point, but as we reached there the downpour began. We were already rather damp when the shelter of the trees at the end of Stourton Close provided significant relief, but not enough for two of our number who decided that better waterproofs were required and headed off home. ‘That’s the last we’ll see of them’ I thought to myself but no, as we set off again as the rain eased, there they were waiting for us – very well done!
As the rain seemed to have stopped for at least a while we decided to carry on, down Langfield and Barnbrook roads and onto the footpath that runs alongside the golf course. To prove we weren’t the only mad ones, there were several golfers out playing. This footpath comes out at the top of Longdon Road and we crossed onto Tilehouse Green Lane and into Hallcroft Way, Landor Road and into the park. We finished off the walk through St John’s Close and the Red Lion car park to look at the site planned for the possible Waitrose store.
I am pleased to say there were no reports of pneumonia or other untoward consequences after the event. Well done to you hardy lot.
Bentley Heath, Hillfield & Widney
4 miles mainly footpaths. Railway, motorway, roads and fields, we’ll do the lot!
The first walk of the summer walking season was well attended with 18 walkers in bright sunshine on a day that was warmer than would be expected for mid March. Having met at Bentley Heath we set off toward Solihull, crossing the M42 (by bridge!) and the River Blythe before turning towards Hillfield via a tunnel under the railway and skirting Widney Manor Golf Course. We then passed Hillfield Park on our way to Shelley Farm before crossing the golf course, the M42 and the Blythe again. We then followed alongside the railway, which was quite busy for a Sunday, emerging onto Four Ashes Rd at the entrance to the Solihull Riding School. Crossing back over the railway we returned to the car park through the Bentley Heath Recreation Ground.
Meet at the Guild House for the traditional mince pies and mulled wine, but you’ll have to walk to get them. 2-3 miles.
Another successful Boxing Day walk!
The snow and cold were not enough to put off the hardy members of The Knowle Society from enjoying the traditional Boxing Day Walk. Although not as many turned out, we still had over 60 of all ages to complete a route that was slightly shorter than usual, in recognition of the lying snow. Fortunately the thaw had not yet set in, so the snow was dry and crisp (although not even!). The usual mulled wine and mince pies were much appreciated (thanks to all those who donated mince pies and organised serving the refreshments).