Nether Whitacre Circular Pub Walk

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The walk starts at the Swan Inn, Whitacre Heath. We cross the railway line to walk parallel on the opposite side, exit into farmland and fields and walk in Colin Teall Wood (a small nature reserve). We walk across a large rail junction, down to a river and then turn again to walk along more railway line for about 2,000m (this is a quiet rural line where we have twice spotted a local fox as well as rabbits and birds of prey). You can also take a look at Shustoke Reservoir here.

Then it's back across the lines and up through crop fields to the small village of Botts Green, west through fields and NW through long grassy fields to St Giles' Church and maybe some real ale at the Dog Inn before heading back.

If it has been recently raining, I would suggest taking waterproof trousers, as the long grass and crops mentioned tend to soak you.

Nether Whitacre has two pubs, the other being The Railway.

England - Central England - Warwickshire - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
6/10/2020 - Anthony Carroll

Did only parts of Walk 4288 early June 2020. At WM 5 the field NE was completely sown with no obvious way across or round without trampling through crops. So we took the middle path (good) from WM 5 due North to the B4098, to go East. Fortunately this road has a verge or pavement & at least we did not have to face the dreaded stile at WM 7 mentioned in comments below. Apart from two other minor difficulties with ploughed fields between WMs 7 & 8, footpaths around Nether Whitacre were well marked. No complaints about farmers maximising our home grown food, especially when there are obvious walking alternatives. And considering the walk’s proximity to the industrial complex north of Coleshill, we found this is a surprisingly quiet, relatively litter free & attractive walking area.

6/26/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Karl & Christine Watts and to Dave & Sam Asbury for their updates for this walk. June 2012. Adrian (Admin)

6/24/2012 - Karl and Christine Watts

Not the most attractive or easy to follow walk. Some paths seem little used and are overgrown and obscured.For example from the first stile at wm6 to the gate between a garden and the out buildings of the Old Farm. There is no longer a double stile at wm2 before turning right to the walker's post. Follow its directions straight on along Centenary Way. The stile mentioned at the end of wm6,start of wm7 is very difficult. (I had to climb onto the garden wall, holding on to railings in order to cross it and there is a deep drop from the stile platform on the other side.)

3/21/2009 - Andrew Maidstone

We really like this walk - walked on many occasions, most recently 21/3/09. To avoid traffic on B4098, take a right down the quiet lane at the Dog Inn just after point 10 and then take the public footpath on the left just before Whitacre Hall. The views up here and the countryside are great. This path then joins up with the Heart of England Way at Foul End which then leads back to point 12. About 2 miles extra but well worth it. Also, we sometimes take a brief diversion at point 6 to the Bull Inn at Furnace End. Food here is good but not that cheap. Would recommend the walk to anyone.

8/3/2008 - Dave and Sam Asbury

We walked this route in August 08 and found no difficulties. Please note the walk description clearly mentions the railway line being followed and the walk title makes it obvious that this is a circular walk from a pub; the route includes an optional detour to another. Neither are negative things in our opinion! We did notice some sweet wrappers at the start but no other mess. Wildlife is always shy and the fox did not make an appearance this time, however a chat with the lovely owner of the house at Botts Green Path assured us she feeds the foxes at night on her lawn and we did see a bird of prey. The route at wm 8 was just as previously described, clearly marked and a way through the electric fence provided by the land-owner meant that was easily negotiated. A short distance of road walking is required but we crossed to the wider verge and made our way perfectly safely. We apologise for the error, since corrected, and we sincerely hope no-one has been put off by the criticisms on what we find to be a most enjoyable walk.

4/22/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Oops - yes you are quite right and the error has been corrected. Thanks, Chris, Walkingworld.

4/19/2008 - Tracy Ayres

Did this walk Sat 19th April. Ok but not the best walk we have done on Walking World. Part of it is a straight walk adjacent to a Railway line at point 4, saw plenty of rubbish and dog mess but not much wildlife. Be careful at point 8 in horse grazing field - the owners have not made public path clear and fenced off parts of the field with electric fencing. At point 9 - the turning at the end of the drive and enclosed path is LEFT NOT RIGHT towards the church (The Dog Inn is on the right, church on the left). At point 11 you are walking along a fairly busy main road which is a clearway for drivers with no pathway for pedestrians - be careful as some of the road users were driving very fast, so not best for hikers! Recommended walk if you want to do a pub crawl....

1/16/2008 - Don Townsend

Just to say how much we enjoyed walk 4288 (Nether Whitacre), which we did yesterday. It was the the first time we have done one of Walkingworld's walks and were very impressed. The directions were great, so was the weather. Had our lunch in the "Railway" to round off a great day. Many thanks, Don & Sue

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