|Statistics and Files|
|Start: Berkswell||Distance: 4.3 miles (6.9 km)||Climbing: 50 metres|
|Grid Ref: SP 24429 79140||Time: 2 hours||Rating: Easy|
|GPX Route File||Google Earth File||About Berkswell|
|Start: Berkswell||Distance: 4.3 miles (6.9 km)|
|Climbing: 50 metres||Grid Ref: SP 24429 79140|
|Time: 2 hours||Rating: Easy|
|GPX Route File||Google Earth File|
The Walk: This is a gentle walk through woods and parkland deep in the heart of the English countryside. The route starts and finished in the village of Berkswell with its outstanding Norman church. The location of the walk is known as the true heart of England, the very centre. Incidentally I passed through it during my Great British walk during the stage from Nether Whitacre to Chadwick End when a wedding was taking place in the historic church.
Near the start of the walk you reach Berkswell's little triangular village green with the five-holed stocks in the middle. Beyond that is Well House, a red brick building with handsome shaped gables, and in front of it is the ancient well which gave the village its name. The first part of the walk leads through the churchyard, but the church is not a building to rush by, for even a first glance shows how unusual the structure is, Made of sandstone, it has a number of typical Norman round headed windows. The tower is later, built of different stone, and it has a clock and a sundial. The oddest feature though is the porch, timber framed, with a priests room above it. Inside is a wooden font by Robert Thompson, the mouseman carpenter of Kilburn.
The walk goes out into the parkland of Berkswell Hall. The great house looks out across fields and grassland. The centerpiece is the lake, with its tiny island, and the waters are busy with a variety of birds from moorhens to swans and geese. The footpath itself begins on a boardwalk laid out beside the little stream, then goes into a copse of pine trees. The path is carried over the stream by a rough plank bridge, but alongside you can see the grander stone bridge built for the path to the house.
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