Not a lot of people know that Monkspath has history going back to the 13 century and some of its footpaths are historic. For instance, there was/is a path used by Monks to travel between monasteries and abbeys in the area. There is also a footpath, leading from Shelly Crescent towards Stratford Road. This runs alongside the rear of Notcutts garden Centre and Tescos and leads onto the Blythe Valley Country Park once the main A34 is crossed. This footpath was called the Kings Highway and historic maps mention Shelly Lane and the highway. The ever reliable Wikipedia has more on Monkspath http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkspath
Anyway, I walked Millie down this footpath yesterday, specifically to look at some work undertaken by the Community Payback Team recently. They were tasked by our neighbourhood officers with clearing the footpath of litter and painting the wooden bridges. The work was done to a high standard and I have taken a few photographs of the walk and surround fields. Yes, some litter has returned and I, together with the neighbourhood officers, are talking to managers at Tesco and McDonald’s, looking at ways in which they can help.