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News "ACW Challenge 2012" & "ACW Route"

Green Book Mar-2012 now printed

The "Green Book" (A Coventry Way, A 40 mile circular Walk, 18 Maps and Directions) has now been updated.  Prints are available from 1-Mar-2011.

Paper copies should be posted to registered participants for ACW Challenge 2011 in the next few days.  Plentiful supplies should also soon be available to purchase from the Coventry Tourist Information Centre (within the tower of St Michael's cathedral ruins).  We are considering which other outlets will now be invited to hold stocks.

Green Book available for download

With the OS (Ordnance Survey) rules changed in April 2011, we can now offer a download service for files covering the Green Book. 

See http://www.acoventryway.org.uk/40-Mile-Walk_Downloads.html for details.  Note the "Copyright Statement" sections.

Those preparing for ACW Challenge 2012 may care to download some maps and directions to get themselves familiar with the route before their Green Book arrives.  If you are going out to check some of the route on the ground, print a copy of the relevant sheets and take them with you.

Bing ACW LARGE Scale Maps updated

The Bing based "ACW LARGE Scale Maps" have been updated with all aspects updated in the Green Book. 

Visit http://www.acoventryway.org.uk/ACW_Large-scale-maps.html to see updated outline, and use the maps to zoom in (etc.) and explore detail of any changes - almost as good as doing a trial visit!  Better still study the map, then visit, then let me know what you found (especially if the maps need updating).

Significant Changes since Mar-2010

Many of you will be aware of changes through the Challenge 2012 pages, or from the paper Newsletter, or via the grapevine!  For those who missed some, the key points are:

a.  Start & Finish

For a start, the event will be operating out of the marquee at the Queen's Head in Meriden - thanks to Caroline and Lawrence for welcoming us back.  In the early years, registration, start and finish were located outside the front of the pub.

b. Kenilworth Common & use of new C2K path

This year our route will stay on the Kenilworth Greenway to use the new extension across the bridge over Coventry Road then on the new path following the old rail track, under Common Lane and down to near Finham Brook.  From there, turn left and follow the brook to rejoin the old ACW route just before CP1.

This is for one challenge only and will be reviewed after April 2012.

c.  Bubbenhall Checkpoint

This year the Bubbenhall checkpoint will return to in the car park of the Village Hall.

d.  Wolston Checkpoint

At Wolston will for the second year be in the Community Centre, in the sports field and the first building you pass approaching the village.

e.  Other Changes

Other changes are mostly the usual "improvements" such as more stiles replaced by kissing gates, better waymarking, improved and clearer direction notes and similar.


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