Bearley Railway Station
Serving the village of Bearley in South Warwickshire. Minimal station facilities. A request stop.
Bearley village was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is situated within the district of Stratford upon Avon. The station sits at Bearley Cross, with Bearley village located along the nearby Snitterfield Road (turn right under the railway bridge, then cross over the Birmingham road) also home to the village hall and sports and social club.
Just south-east of the Bearley village is RAF Snitterfield's remains, a WW2 airfield. After the war, the General Post Office (GPO) took over the site and established Bearley Radio Station with High-Frequency radio masts that were mainly for receiving messages from abroad.
Nearby is the Bearley Vineyard, a 3-acre family run business producing award-winning fine English wines. The village is also home to many Grade II listed buildings, including Scroobys and Bearley Manor and adjoining Barn.
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin has a knave dating back to the late 12th century and the more modern addition of a Millennium Window (River of the Water of Life), donated in 2001.
Snitterfield Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and is based at the WW2 disused airfield. The natural woods have regrown to produce walks, woodland glades, and ponds. The tranquil 50-hectare site has a network of public footpaths around the reserve, most of which are fully accessible.
The longest aqueduct in England, the Edstone Aqueduct, is nearby and is a popular destination for walkers and boaters. Turn left out of the station approach, after 100 yards turn left into Salter's Lane. After approximately 12 minutes the aqueduct is visible above the road with steps on the left up to the canal. Walkers can choose to go left towards Stratford upon Avon through Wilmcote (home of Mary Arden's Farm) and then onto Stratford town centre. Alternatively, turn right and walk across the aqueduct towards the new Marina and beyond to the boatyard, adjacent to The Navigation Inn at Wootton Wawen, which has a fleet of rental boats for a day or weekly hire. Walkers can continue along the canal through Preston Bagot and beyond to Kingswood Junction at Lapworth, where the Stratford upon Avon Canal joins the Grand Union Canal.
Nearby manor houses include Edstone Hall, Austy Manor and Wootton Hall, with parks and woods. Near Wootton Hall, on the banks of the River Alne, stands St Peter's Saxon Sanctuary, the oldest Saxon church in Warwickshire, located in the centre of the village of Wootton Wawen that also has a railway station on the route between Stratford upon Avon and Birmingham via Henley-in-Arden.
Hatton Country World and Hatton Locks are nearby.
Bearley Railway Station, Birmingham Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0EU