Tuesday, 6 May 2014

6th May 2014 Chadwick Chunter 28

Out with Graham today. Both of us have commitments this afternoon so keeping it fairly short, but long enough to warrant stopping for tea and cake!  Out through Beausale, Temple Balsall, Barston, Knowle and back through Chadwick End and Baddesley.

The Bull's Head Barston

One of two pubs in Barston village,  this one lies in the centre. The pub has been on this site since the 1490's and was originally a staging inn on the old main road between Coventry and Birmingham. It has been mentioned in a Shakespeare play, Henry IV part 2, when a traveller en route from Sutton Coldfield to Stratford stayed 'at the inn at Barston'. The pub also houses a priesthole dating back to Cromwellian times. It has good reviews on trip advisor as well!

Tea time

Carried on through Bartston into Knowle, then headed south towards Warwick. Stopped at the Wyndley Garden Centre for tea and toasted tea cakes. Very nice little cafe there, worth a visit when next you are in compost corner.

The Alpaca

Heading south on the A4100, there is an animal sanctuary place just over the canal bridge. This alpaca was fairly curious as to why we had stopped. There is a small charge to get in this place, but, if you have young children, well worth a visit. There are owls, peacocks, rabbits, hens, small horses, goats etc etc. The place is a little topsy turvey but that only adds to its charm.

Pygmy Horse ?

I presume that is what this is. Seen in a field just outside Beausale village. Odd to see a horse that is smaller than the bike.  Dont know what the actual breed of this one is, there are all sorts of defintions about small horse, ponies etc. Possibly the height in hands has something to do with it.

Good ride out today. Knees were humming a bit after 28 miles.

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