Situated in the heart of Warwickshire, Birnam Mews is surrounded by a great choice of picturesque spots for residents to enjoy a relaxing Sunday stroll. Warwickshire hosts some of the best walking trails in the midlands, with forests, rivers, canals and much more to explore.
Here are our top picks of country walks to enjoy over the winter and take in the spectacular views that surround Tiddington:
1.River Arrow Nature Reserve
At the River Arrow, a circular, waymarked trail guides you around all that the fantastic reserve has to offer. The one mile loop takes around 30 minutes, along the winding banks of the River Arrow which are edged with Willows, Alder, Oak and Hawthorn. Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, each viewpoint along the river offers excellent sighting opportunities, including birds and insects such as grey wagtails and several scare county beetles.
2. Stratford upon Avon Riverside Walk
With easy parking at the Fisherman’s Car Park just a short drive from Birnam Mews, this is the ideal starting point for walks along the river. To the north the path passes through an overgrown scrub environment ideal for viewing the riverside wildlife. To the south the riverside path passes through a large conservation area of long grasses, scrub and sparse woodland, which eventually leads into the beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon town centre where you can head into a café and treat yourself to some refreshments afterwards.
3. Charlecote Park
Within walking distance of Birnam Mews, Charlecote park is a 16th century country house surrounded by fallow deer and Jacob sheep. The circular walk is suitable for the whole family and takes around an hour to complete the loop. With views of the lake offering plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, the National Trust agrees that the landscapes look the most picturesque over the Autumn and Winter months.
4. Welcombe Hills
Close to the centre of Stratford upon Avon, the Welcombe Hills reserve provides the best of both worlds. This beautiful green space is perfect for walking and taking in the views across the landscape with a flower rich grassland, woods and ponds. You can also discover the history behind the hills through the audio trail or admire the wealth of wildlife that fills the park, including the great spotted woodpecker and finches enjoying the woodlands.
5. Stratford Greenway
Following the course of an old railway built in 1859, the Stratford Greenway is ideal for both walkers and cyclist. The trail links the attractive town of Stratford upon Avon with the village of Long Marston through the countryside and has an abundance of wild plants such as walnut trees and tansy along the route. If after the 5 mile walk you wish to continue exploring the stunning surrounding areas of Stratford Upon Avon you could pick up the towpath of the Stratford upon Avon Canal and enjoy a waterside cycle or walk.
Visit www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/ for more information on the countryside, parks and walks in Warwickshire.