Friday, 27 April 2018

27/04/18 - Heart of England Way - Stage 13 - Meriden

Distance - 6 Miles
Geocaches - 3
Previous Stages - Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8Stage 9Stage 10Stage 11, Stage 12

The Heart of England Way reaches the Heart of England.  Meriden, to be precise, England's Centre.

Centre of England
England's Centre

Rather enjoyed today's ramble.  Like all good walks, it starts at a pub for post walk refreshment.  I tackle the route anti clockwise through Meriden Shafts Woods up to the nothing there hamlet of Kinwalsey and back down through typical Warwickshire agricultural landscapes.   The reason its so enjoyable - duckboards through the worst of the mud and a riot of colour.  Bluebells in the Woodland and Rapeseed in the fields.

Easy Walking
1st Bluebells of the Spring
Rape Seed
Rapeseed Fields

No time at all and I am cleaning myself up to visit the Queens Head.

Good Beer Guide 2016
Going to need a bit of TLC to get back in the Bible

Queens Head, Meriden
Bold Advertising on the Roof

Queens Head, Meriden
Bolder Advertising on the Walls
It's located on a superfluous road that's been superceded by the B4102.  It even has the grace to call itself the "Old Road".  I initially feared that it may have befallen a similar fate to those American towns that get lost when the new highways are built but its packed solid.

The reason?   Toasties for less than £3 and hand-pull Bass.

Toastie Waiting

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