North Arden Heritage Trail

North Warwickshire Borough Council

North Warwickshire Borough Council
Tel: 01827 715341
(Mon-Fri: 08.30 – 20.00, Sat: 09.00 – 16.00)

North Warwickshire Borough Council
South Street
Atherstone
CV9 1DE

Email: customerservices@northwarks.gov.uk

Welcome to the North Arden Heritage Trail.

The North Arden Heritage Trail project worked with local communities to establish a 25 mile circular heritage trail in North Warwickshire passing through the parishes of Atherstone, Mancetter, Hartshill, Ansley, Arley, Astley, Fillongley, Maxstoke, Shustoke, Nether Whitacre, Kingsbury, Baddesley Ensor and Merevele.

There is no particular start or finish to the 25 mile trail route however starting in Atherstone (former centre for the hatting industry) the trail follows the Coventry canal (with its unique style of sign writing) in a clockwise direction to wards Mancetter (a site of Roman pottery industry), onto Hartshill Hayes (where manganese was discovered), Ansley (renown for ribbon making), Arley (whose coal was reputedly supplied to Victorian Royal family) Fillongley (home of the silk weavers), Shustoke (with its pumping house) Nether Whitacre (home of the Jennen’s Family) Hurley (with its mineral railway line) Baddesley, Merevale and finally Atherstone.

 

The trail particularly concentrates on the heritage from the 16th Century to the present day. The trails foundation is the historic network of ancient tracks, farmers’ walks for driving livestock and delivering local produce or timber to market, and miners’ walk between their home, work, friends, family and place of worship. Historically the parishes had strong connections with its neighbours via trading, supply labour and materials.

The trail provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the craft industries, agriculture and the industrial past while forging new links between the parishes through the circular walks.

The trail and the heritage on which it is based focuses on three themes and particularly how they interconnect.

These are:
The former textile trade (hatting, ribbon making, and weaving)
The wealth of natural resources i.e.

  • Minerals (e.g. coal for looms and the rare manganese ore for bleaching cloth
  • Water for power, a drinking supply and transportation
  • Timber for hat blocks and as charcoal for smelting iron

Early industrialists

For issues concerning the Heritage Interpretation Features, Interpretation Boards please contact North Warwickshire Borough Council:

Email: customerservices@northwarks.gov.uk
Tel: 01827 715341
(Mon-Fri: 08.30 – 20.00, Sat: 09.00 – 16.00)

Write to:
North Warwickshire Borough Council
South Street
Atherstone
Warwickshire
CV9 1DE

For issues concerning footpaths and bridleways and any other public rights of way please contact Warwickshire County Council:

Rights of Way Team
Email: paths@warwickshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01926 412824

Write to:
Warwickshire County Council
PO Box 43
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4SX