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country walks: Around Sutton Park, 5 miles. Map 220 Explorer.; A safer stroll through park's natural beauty.

Byline: with Ron Weston

SUTTON PARK covers 2,400 acres of heath marsh and woodland and is now an SSSI. The Friends of Sutton Park and its junior branch exist to preserve its natural beauty and guard against the unwanted attention of developers.

Each year many thousands of Midlanders arrive for sailing, walking, bird watching and other activities, or just a simple picnic.

This walk takes us to the southern part of the park and one of its highest points.

HOW TO GET THERE

FROM Nuneaton follow the A5 towards Tamworth and exit on to the Sutton Coldfield road A453.

Remain on this road through the town to reach a set of traffic lights and a large traffic sign indicating Sutton Park straight ahead.

Follow Anchorage Road as it turns left to a tall clock tower and bear right along Upper Clifton Road.

Go on to a small island and turn right through Town Gate. Park in the first car park on the left.

THE WALK

LOOK for the hexagonal visitor centre just ahead and begin from there.

Follow the line of pine trees on your left to meet a tarmac road.

The lake and river bridge are on your left. Follow the tarmac road veering away from the tree line on your left towards another tree line ahead.

Just before reaching the tree line, fork left on to a shale path between the gorse bushes and curve right with the path to enter a small area of woodland and exit into a sports field.

Go up the left side of the field along the tree line and, in the corner, turn right. Turn left next to the Nissen hut and go out to a tarmac road. The sailing pool and pub are opposite.

Turn right for a few steps and turn left in to the car park. Follow the tree line on your right to the corner and turn left.

At the end of the wood turn right through a hedge gap where a short path will take you in to the open heathland. Bear left on the shale path with the golf course on your left.

Remain in this direction to reach a tarmac road and turn left to pass the Longmoor pool on your right.

Go on past the golf course on your left to the car park and turn right.

Enter the path at the corner of the wood and follow its outer edge to the end.

Remain in this direction on a shale path through the heath to reach a wide and straight shale path Lord Donegal's Ride.

Turn right and stay on the main path for almost one mile ignoring minor paths to the right and left, until you reach the scouts memorial at a crossroad of paths.

Cross the tarmac road and in 40 yards turn right on to another tarmac road. Continue to the end of the Keepers Pool on your left and stop.

Turn sharp right into the wood and follow the straight path to a tarmac road. Turn left down the hill and ignore left and right forks to return to the open heath where the visitor centre comes into view.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 24, 2001
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