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Centenary Way (Warks) Day One

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Centenary Way (Warks) Day One
Author: DFO, Published: 02 Sep 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Warwickshire,
Walk Type: Long distance path
Centenary Way (Warks) Day One
Length: 13 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Kingsbury Water Park to Hartshill Hayes Country Park. The first section of the Warwickshire Centenary Way. This walk uses public rights of way across arable and livestock farmland so there are a number of stiles and kissing gates to negotiate. It is a quiet, sometimes isolated section of the Centenary Way, but several small villages are visited and there are a number of inns and pubs along the way.

The walk starts at Kingsbury Water Park (http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/kingsbury-water-park/) which is within easy reach of the M42 motorway.
Postcode B76 0DY
Approx. co-ordinates 52.560849,-1.700003

The walk finishes at Hartshill Hayes Country Park (http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/hartshill-hayes-country-park/) near Nuneaton.
Post code CV10 0TE
Approx. co-ordinates 52.545851,-1.533907

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Walk Sections

Kingsbury Water Park to Lea Marston
Kingsbury Water Park to Lea Marston

Start point: 52.5608 lat, -1.7 long
End point: 52.5384 lat, -1.6984 long

With your back to the visitor centre, turn half left and cross the car park to pick up the main driveway that runs parallel to the large park area to your right. Follow this drive and keep a look out for a small car park on your left after approximately 400 yards. Turn left to cross this car park and then right on the path that runs alongside the lake.

Keep to the path as it leads you first alongside the lake and then winds around the perimeter of the sailing club (bears left and then right). Continue to follow the path as it leads you along avenues of trees until you reach a sharp left bend that takes the path between two lakes. Take the track first right at this bend to walk with a lake on your left. The track continues left around the lake to eventually reach a car parking area. Cross this half-right to pick up the Centenary Way marker-post and then follow the wooded path (lake on right) until you reach the metalled lane once more. Continue along the lane until you come to a footbridge. Do not cross the bridge but take the right hand path immediately before it (near concrete bollards) to follow the River Tame. Go under the A4097 Bridge and then look for the Centenary way sign after a few yards which will take you right.

Follow this rough track as it leads you past a series of waterways and across grassy meadows, with the busy A4097 to your right, until you reach a gate which lets you out onto a crossroads on the Coton Road. Go straight across here, and slightly right, to pick up the Centenary Way marker. Keep ahead on this path as it crosses more grassy meadows before it turns into a narrow path, fenced on your left and tree lined on your right. Walk along this secluded track until you emerge onto the Birmingham Road just outside of Lea Marston village.

Lea Marston to Whitacre Heath
Lea Marston to Whitacre Heath

Start point: 52.5384 lat, -1.6984 long
End point: 52.5337 lat, -1.6784 long

Turn left here, cross over the River Tame and then a railway, and continue along the road until you reach the village of Whitacre Heath. Continue through the village on the Birmingham Road until you reach a T-junction with the Swan Inn opposite you. Cross to the left of the Swan Inn and then turn right to walk over the road bridge. After the bridge, take an immediate sharp right in front of houses to drop down and then bear left, walking along a straight path flanked by the railway embankment on your right. Continue along this until you reach a gate. Turn left and follow the hedge to a gate/stile and then to the left hand corner of the second field.

Whitacre Heath to Shustoke
Whitacre Heath to Shustoke

Start point: 52.5337 lat, -1.6784 long
End point: 52.5159 lat, -1.6663 long

Go through the kissing gate and then turn right towards a Centenary Way marker post. Walk along the right hand edge of the field and follow the track as it bears left to run parallel to the railway line. Climb the steps up to the road bridge on Hogrills End Lane. Cross the lane, turn left for a few yards, and then take the stile on the right with the Centenary Way marker.

Continue along the right edge of the field and look out for the gap in the hedge which you must take before continuing left along a narrow overgrown track (look out for the Colin Teal Wood information sign). At the stile, cross the railway lines with care (this is not barrier controlled), and then take the same line across the meadow beyond towards a gap in the far hedge. Go across a white metal footbridge and continue across a second meadow in the direction of the marker post ahead in the distance. Follow the path until you reach the B4114 Coleshill Road.

Turn left to walk along the road and into the village of Shustoke, passing the entrance to the reservoir. Look out for the Plough Inn on the right and, when you are level with it, turn left into Bixhill Lane.

Shustoke to Furnace End
Shustoke to Furnace End

Start point: 52.5159 lat, -1.6663 long
End point: 52.5195 lat, -1.6348 long

Follow this lane all the way to a large house (Reservoir Cottage) and follow the track as it bends left. Turn right and downhill slightly to cross a footbridge and to walk around the right hand edge of a fishing lake – make sure you are on the public footpath, with the perimeter fence to your left. Continue until you reach the gates to the fishing club on your left. Head half left here to pick up a path running alongside a brook and after a few yards watch for a path left and a way-mark for the Centenary Way. Take this track to a gate/stile and then turn left to follow the boundary of a field. Look for another way-mark and a gate/stile on your left that leads under a railway bridge. Take this gate and walk under the bridge and then bear left to enter a meadow. NOTE – The area under the bridge is prone to flooding after heavy rain, as is the corner of the meadow beyond.

Continue along the right hand side of this meadow, with the embankment to your right, and then follow the boundary around to the left. Look out for a gate/stile that you need to climb up to emerge onto the B4114 Coleshill Road just before the hamlet of Furnace End. Turn left and walk along the road through the hamlet to a crossroads. Turn right at this junction and walk slightly uphill and away from Furnace End.

Furnace End to Birchley Heath
Furnace End to Birchley Heath

Start point: 52.5195 lat, -1.6348 long
End point: 52.5481 lat, -1.579 long

After the last house on the left (plus a few yards) cross the road and take the way-marked stile into a field. Follow the right hand hedge of this field, and a second field beyond it, to emerge onto Sandy Lane. Turn left here and follow the road past cottages. Ignore a way-marked path to your right and continue along until you see a T-junction ahead of you. At this point, take the concrete drive to your right and follow this drive, passing Oak Tree Cottage, until the drive bends to the right, Take the gate/stile at this corner and follow the left hand hedges of three fields, crossing any stiles and gates along the way (the third field has a wood as its opposite boundary at the bottom of a slope). At the fourth field, bear part left and head towards a gate/stile in the far left corner of the field. (NOTE: When we walked this section the path was not visible due to crop growth, and we had to follow the field boundary around its left hand edge). Go through the gate/stile and continue along the left hedge of the field beyond (NOTE: Again there was no discernible path and we had to walk on crops to reach the opposite side). Go through another gate/stile and then walk along the left hand edge of a long field with a wood on your left.

At the next gate/stile, head slightly right and down to the corner of the field and take a gate/stile to follow the edge of field with a wood as its boundary. After another gate/stile continue along the right hand edge of a field. The next section of the walk leaves no option to take a wrong turn, so follow the way-marked route for the Centenary Way as it follows the edge of a few more fields, crossing Green Lane, and incorporating a section of secluded tree lined walking, until you emerge onto a recreation ground and the village of Birchley Heath.

Birchley Heath to Hartshill Hayes Country Park
Birchley Heath to Hartshill Hayes Country Park

Start point: 52.5481 lat, -1.579 long
End point: 52.5459 lat, -1.5338 long

At the row of cottages ahead of you turn left and walk along the road until the last property is reached and then turn right (The Rookery) past more cottages until you reach a gate. Go through the gate and walk around the edge of the field, with the hedge to your right, bearing left and then right to reach a gate/stile. Turn right and over a second gate/stile and walk along the next field, again with the hedge to your right, and towards the farm buildings ahead of you. Follow the way marked signs around the outbuildings, and then through the farmyard to a gate leading to a drive.

Cross the drive and take a gate into a field and then walk around the edge of the field (hedge to your left) and climb a stile left at the way-mark to cross a field diagonally right and through a gate/stile onto Pipers Lane. Turn left on this road for a few yards and then right onto Oldbury Road. Walk along this pleasant lane for approximately a mile until it bears to the left. At the bend, take the path (way-marked) right and bear left to walk through a long narrow strip of wild meadow. Follow the way-marked route through a gap in a hedge and along a second meadow but be vigilant for a Centenary Way stile to your left. Take this stile and walk along with the hedge on your left to a corner stile.

Go over this and keep the same line to a hedge-corner ahead of you, across the field. Keep this hedge on your left as it takes you first right and then left around fields and then onto a tree lined track. This track will bear right, skirting the edge of a small copse, and then strikes diagonally left to climb a rough meadow to a gate/stile where you emerge onto the Oldbury Road once more. Turn right on this road and walk along it until the end of the route is reached at Hartshill Hayes Country Park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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15 images to "Centenary Way (Warks) Day One"

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Leaving Kingsbury Water Park
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Walking alongside one of the many man made lakes of this park
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A secluded path near Lea Marston
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Walking along the River Tame
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Lightning strike, we guess
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Alpacas- or Llamas?
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The smaller of the two Shustoke reservoir lakes. This one is used for trout fishing.
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Approaching Furnace End
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Gloomy skies as we leave Furnace End
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At the small village of Birchley Heath
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Blue sky at last!
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Houses along Pipers Lane
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Wild meadowland near Oldbury
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The view from the top of Oldbury Lane
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Hartshill Hayes Country Park and the end of the walk

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