Warwickshire walk at Studley

  • July 28, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Join us for a five mile walk through the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, crossing the River Arrow, passing a 700 year old church, the site of a former castle and of a 12th century priory.

Meet in the Pool Road car park B80 7QU, parking is free. The 400 year old Barley Mow pub is a very popular eating place for those who might wish to visit there after the walk.

The village of Studley is built on the old Roman Ryknild Street, which became the main turnpike into Birmingham in 1721. Needle making became the main occupation in Studley from the early 17th century when a group of Hugenot refugees from France settled in the area. Their expertise helped the local industry develop and soon Studley was one of the largest producers of needles in Britain and known worldwide. By the end of the 19th century industrial techniques had taken over and there were over 3000 workers involved in the needle making business. Since then the industry has declined although needles continue to be made in some of the local factories. It's this industry we can thank for Studley having more public houses than most villages to supply refreshment to the factory workers.

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  • Claire S

    A very pleasant walk, thanks Neil.

    July 29, 2013

  • Nadège

    Very nice walk, friendly people, nice views ... and the weather was great !
    Thanks for this first experience :-)

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Neil H.

    Thank you Annette Ann and Martina for your kind comments, thank you and everyone else for making this such an enjoyable walk by coming along. Everyone came to the pub afterwards great to meet and talk with you all. I'd like to arrange another walk in the not too distant future when time allows, with by popular demand more historical commentary, so watch this space!

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Annette

    I second Ann..Thank you Neil for organising such a lovely walk and what a pleasure to meet so many lovely people :)

    July 28, 2013

  • Martina

    A lovely 5 miles walk with very nice and open-minded people. Thank you Neil for organising it!

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be able to offer a lift if you can get to B31. Longbridge is the nearest train station :-)

    July 27, 2013

  • Pete

    Weather looks good, sunny with some risk of the odd shower.

    July 27, 2013

  • Nadège

    Great, see you on Sunday !

    July 26, 2013

  • Neil H.

    Hi Nadege please come along you are welcome to join us.

    July 26, 2013

  • Nadège

    Hello, I am new in the UK, and I like walking... Is it still possible to join ?

    July 26, 2013

  • Annette

    Will I be ok in sandals? Just thought I'd better check!

    1 · July 25, 2013

    • Annette

      Thanks Ann...looks like I'll be pulling my trainers out of retirement!

      July 26, 2013

  • Neil H.

    Yes trainers or boots would be best as although the route should'nt be too muddy some of the route is quite bumpy. I would advise bringing a hat to keep off the sun, a light waterproof jacket in case of any rain showers, and something to drink while on the walk.

    July 25, 2013

  • Neil H.

    Hi Federica, depends where you are coming from but if it's from Birmingham city centre, take the 9:15 train from New Street Station to Redditch. Arrive 9:53, walk to nearby Redditch Bus Station, Stand G. Take the 10:15 number 248 bus towards Evesham. Arrive at Studley 10:30 opposite the Shakespeare Inn. Walk to Pool Road B80 7QU to arrive at 10:40. (travelinemidands.co.uk). Hope this helps.

    July 25, 2013

  • Federica D.

    is there any way with public transportation to get there?

    July 24, 2013

  • Jovelyn W.

    If I find the way to get by Pool Road park, I will 100% attend the walk.

    July 22, 2013

  • Neil H.

    Hi Ann the route is very flat with one gentle slope, in fact after that a lot of the walk is downhill.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need to look into transport options to be absolutely sure of attending.........

    July 17, 2013

  • Annette

    This sounds lovely, look forward to it.

    July 6, 2013

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