Our Parish consists of the villages of Aston Cantlow and Little Alne, and the hamlets of Newnham and Shelfield.
Aston Cantlow is a pretty village in the warwickshire countryside located in the middle of the triangle formed by the towns of Henley-in-Arden, Alcester and Stratford upon Avon.
It has about 120 houses, located along the Bearley to Wilmcote road that runs through the village, or down one of the few roads off the Bearley Road, or heading out of the village towards the mill and Island Meadow Caravan Park. Around the village are several farms that manage the countryside in the parish.
The social life of the village centres around: the St John the Baptist C of E church, the Kings Head pub and restaurant, the Aston Cantlow Club, the medieval Guild Hall which is also the Village Hall, the Tennis Club courts and the childrens playground.
Many visitors come to the village and stay at the Island Meadow Caravan Park (which hosts the only shop in the village between March and October), or come for the day to walk or cycle in our beautiful countryside, or enjoy one or more of the social amenities mentioned above.
As you walk around the village you will see many properties with names like The Old forge, The Old Post Office, The Old Bakery, The Old School etc, which give a good idea of some of the facilities that used to exist in the village but alas are no more. You can find out more about the history of of Aston Cantlow and the other villages and hamlets in our parish on our local history pages
As you head North out of Aston Cantlow on the Bearley road for a mile and turn left to cross over the River Alne aiming towards Wootton Wawen, you come into Little Alne. About 20 Cottages and houses are spread out along the Henley-in-Arden to Alcester Road.
The only non residential property is the Little Alne Arden Centre. This hosts a collection of small business units which provide employment and services to the locality.
Continuing from Little Alne heading North towards Wootton Wawen, you get to Shelfield by taking the first turning on the left as the main road takes a sharp right turn. This hamlet of about a dozen cottages, farms and barn conversions has no facilities but does contain an interesting Grade II listed Dove Cote that is close to Shelfield House and can be seen from the road or by walking a short way up the footpath that crosses the road just before Shelfield House
You can get to Newnham either by the footpath that runs from Bearley Road over the Rough Hills to Newnham, or by taking the road North out of Aston Cantlow then turning right at the T junction then right again at the next turning up to Newnham. Once there you will find a small hamlet of smart cottages and farms. It has no facilities as such but is a pleasant area to walk around and to join the canal nearby. Please be considerate if parking your car on the road in the hamlet or in gateways, as large farm vehicles need access at all times and could easily cause damage if you don’t leave plenty of room for them to get past. The wide open fields between the Rough Hills and Newnham are home to many skylarks and on warm sunny days their songs as they fly up to great heights are wonderful.
Just beyond the turning to Newnham the road is crossed by the Edstone Viaduct, which is the longest viaduct in England. As well as crossing the road the viaduct also takes the canal over the railway in a cast iron trough with a footpath on one side. You can park at the base of the aquaduct and walk up the steps to cross the viaduct on the footpath which runs alongside the canal. Walking one way along the canal for about 45 minutes will take you to Wootton Wawen and the Yew Tree Craft centre, whilst the other way will take you in just under 2 hours to Stratford upon Avon via Wilmcote.