The Fosse Way
The fosse way is not quite a straight as it looks on a road atlas nor indeed as straight as it would have been in roman days. Sometimes for example, the road seems to come to a dead halt in front of a pub or hotel3and you have to look really hard for the dogleg round the pub to see where the road starts again. The pub/hotel would of course have been a staging inn days gone by and rerouting the road would have been a not so subtle way of getting the attention of the stage coach and its passengers and making sure they stopped there.
See index on page 5 for attractions in detail. There are dozens of great attractions in the which can be reached in minutes from my premises. Many of the attractions are right next to each other, ie within a mile or two miles or sometimes literally adjacent and usually in the lovely and stress free fosse way corridor.
Leamington Spa, "Lem" as locals call it is just 12 miles away and Stratford upon Avon is only about another six miles further on. Warwick is right next to Leamington. There is plenty to see at Warwick Castle so plan for a whole day. Why not combine your visit with a "mini break" on a canal boat. You can take one out for just a day or a 3 day mini break. You could come the day before and sleep over in the narrow boat. Why not pick up some half price shoes in Northampton, the uk's shoe manufacturing centre. 25 miles away. You will find a page with all the relevant details in the information pack. In Woolston, 4 miles away from my premises you can buy "UK gear" trainers half price at their factory shop.
The "Stretton Stop" cutting/wharf on the Oxford Canal is 200 yards away from my premises so you could walk or ride along the towpath or even take out a narrowboat for the day (cost £110). There is a lovely pub on the canal just 4 miles away at Ansty. Also just 4 miles away is Ansty golf club (pay and play). In the village of Stretton under Fosse just by my premises is the Malt Kiln Farm Shop & Coffee Shop. For great fishing (carp and roach) - about 200 yards from my premises is "Lanny's Lagoon"
If you like wildlife and/or walking I recommend the Brandon Marsh nature centre (4 miles from premises) with 230 acres of wetlands and pools and 5 bird hides. Just a further 2 miles on is Ryton "Garden Organic" (6 miles from premises) with ten acres of display gardens & home to the heritage seed library of over 800 rare vegetable seeds as well as the best organic restaurant in the UK.
If you want a walk in more manicured surroundings, how about the 500 acres of gardens
with many woods trails at Combe Abbey (aka Combe Park) - 4 miles from premises. The historic village of Dunchurch is 12 miles from my premises with many buildings of historic interest and links to the gunpowder plot and five good pubs/restaurants, a chippy and chinese take away and some good shops. Right next door to the village is the Draycote reservoir covering 600 acres. A very good place for a good long walk or cycle, birdwatching, windsurfing, sailing, fishing (mainly trout) from boat or bank, or just sunbathing on the shingle beach (no swimming). Draycote is exposed and can be windy so ideal for very hot summer days.
are good shopping centres at Nuneaton (8 miles), Rugby
(4 miles) or Leamington Spa (12 miles) Leamington Spa is particularly
recommended . Market and Farmers market days are given for
these towns on their relevant pages - see index on page 5.
are 3 museums at Warwick and a really impressive aircraft museum
10 miles away at Bagintinon where there is also the remains of
a Roman fort, partly reconstructed. . There is small
agricultural implements museum at Marton.
Warwick and Kenilworth castles are about 12 miles away and the stately home of Arbury Hall is about 8 miles away (very restricted opening times). There is one of the largest second hand bookshops in the world on the Arbury estate with 45,000 volumes.
The NEC is about 18 miles away. Check their website to see if one of their upcoming events grabs you:
Golf Club is just 4 miles away and welcomes visitors.
petrolheads the British Motor Heritage Museum at Gaydon is about
16 miles away on the fosse way.
For culture vultures there
is Compton Verney Stately Home and Art Gallery about 20
miles away on the fosse way.
are 4 really good campsites close by.
The attractions are described in detail
in our 21 page information pack which you will receive when you have booked in.