The Kenilworth to Berkswell Greenway is a linear Country Park set in the beautiful South Warwickshire countryside. The site forms a 6.5 kilometres section of former railway, with the entire park extending to some 16 hectares.
The land occupied by the Greenway is largely owned by Warwickshire County Council. As well as being a linear Country Park, it is a permissive bridleway which means that it can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders.
The track is segregated with a natural grass track for horses and a firm sealed surface track with a chip surface dressing for other users.
Visit www.countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk for more information.
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.
Warwickshire County Council took ownership of the route in the 1970′s but apart from work to clear a wider path, it was left to the walkers and the wildlife. After the turn of the Millennium, Warwickshire County Council worked in partnership with Sustrans to develop the route.
Management of the Greenway is the responsibility of Warwickshire Country Parks. A Management Plan covering 2012-17 is available to download here.
All users of the route are asked to take care and be mindful of others when accessing and using the Greenway. This is a multi-use amenity and should be enjoyed by all.
We would urge all users of the Greenway to show consideration to local residents and other users if they intend to drive to the Greenway.
Dedicated parking is provided at Crackley Lane Bridge.
Alternative suggested parking is at:
- Abbey Fields Car Park, Bridge Street, Kenilworth
- Princes Drive Industrial Estate (off Coventry Road), Kenilworth
- Crackley Wood Local Nature Reserve, Crackley Lane
- Burton Green Village Hall