Kenilworth Greenway

Safety notification

Please note there is currently strictly NO ACCESS through from Burton Green to Berkswell until further notice due to a bridge health & safety issue.


“The Greenway, as well as being a linear Country Park, is a permissive bridleway which means that it can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders. Kissing gates have been installed to prevent unauthorised access by motorbikes, and horse-riders will need to obtain an annual permit (see below) to ride on the Greenway.

The track is segregated with a natural grass track for horses and a firm track – made from recycled materials and Derbyshire limestone – for other users. Access has been improved where the Greenway crosses roads or joins other routes. A new bridge has been installed over the A429, and the next stage is access from there to the centre of Kenilworth and works to provide a bridleway link across to the University land.”

CYCLISTS AND HORSERIDERS – please note that there is NO exit at Berkswell end of the Greenway.

At a glance

 

Toilets

There are no toilet facilities on this Greenway

Special needs

Please phone 02476 305 592 for more details.

Dogs

There are no dog waste bins at this Greenway. Dogs in the countryside.

Barbecues and fires

Barbecues and fires are not allowed, but picnics are welcome.

History

The railway branch line from Berkswell to Kenilworth Junction was opened in 1884. It effectively provided a short cut avoiding Coventry for freight trains heading south. Rumour has it that it was used in the war for the transport of munitions and the siding at Berkswell, left when the track was lifted in the 1960s, was used for ‘parking’ the Royal Train when the Queen visited the area. Later, even the siding was removed to make way for a station car park.

Left to itself, the old railway became a wildlife corridor. Hawthorn, birch and other plants quickly took hold and softened the edges, animals and birds found cover for dens and nests. People also found a traffic free route to and from Crackley Wood where, if you were quiet, you might see a fox.

Warwickshire County Council took ownership of the route in the 70’s but apart from work to clear a wider path, it was left to the walkers and the wildlife.