Barston to Heronsfield Circular Pub Walk

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The walk starts off at the Bull's Head in the village of Barston. The pub is popular with cyclists, walkers, families and locals, having a rather nice beer-garden. From here we walk through the grounds of St Swithin's Church, then cross the fields of local farms, over the River Blythe to Springfield House School. Then it's west across cattle-grazing fields and a small section of road to join the Grand Union Canal at our second canal-side pub. Here you'll also find an animal sanctuary, which is open until dusk.

The pub itself is good for a canal-side beer, but in the summer when it gets busy and I felt the service was sometimes slow. Best to make your own judgment – we welcome feedback on this subject.

From here we walk the canal up to Knowle Locks, where if you haven't already, you can take a tea break. There seems to be a resident heron here. Leaving the canal, we have a very quiet walk up Elvers Green Lane. Then it's crop-field walking (corn-on-the-cob) back over the river and on up to Barston's church to return to the pub.

The walk was edited on 5/10/14 due to stile replacements.

England - Central England - Warwickshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
4/9/2017 - Paul Engers

A really nice walk. We only took one minor wrong way. At point 13 it said exit the field after going under the power cables. There is an exit there but really it should have been straight on and there is another exit about 200m further which is the one we should have taken. Just one minor wrong turn for us is an achievement!

2/22/2016 - Paul Hemming

The Herons Nest has now changed its name back to The Kings Arms. After very wet weather the second field mentioned at way-mark 14 can be very boggy

10/5/2014 - Dave and Sam Asbury

We Have now amended this walk as so many stiles are now kissing gates.

3/11/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Peter Farmer for his updates for this walk. March 2012. Adrian (Admin)

3/10/2012 - Peter Farmer

Enjoyed this walk. There are lots of stiles to negotiate, I wish we had counted them perhaps someone in the future could. Some stiles had been converted to modern metal kissing gates which were very much appreciated. There is no sign of the second tree at 14. Pubs. Had a nice coffee at the Heron's Nest which we can recommend. The Bull's Head was warm and friendly but after waiting three quarters of an hour for a Salmon sandwich we asked if we had been forgotten which we had so had to wait another ten minutes for it to arrive.

8/24/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thank you, Lisa. Waymark 14 - you'll find the arrow on the post, not the photo, instruction amended.

8/19/2008 - Lisa Overton

Point 12 - it may help to add that the gate with the stile is the second one along and the stile is to the right of the gate. Point 14 - One of the trees has fallen over and there is no arrow on the image as stated.

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