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Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six

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Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six
Author: DFO, Published: 16 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six Walking Guidestar0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six Walking Guidestar0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six Walking Guidestar0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six Walking Guidestar0 Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six Walking Guide
Warwickshire,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six
Length: 14 miles,  Difficulty: boot Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six Walking Guide boot Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six Walking Guide
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The sixth day of the Warwickshire Centenary Way (southbound), starting at Royal Leamington Spa and ending at the Burton Dasset hills, visiting the villages of Ufton, Harbury and Northend. This section is an easy paced walk across farmland and pasture as well as a section of the Grand Union canal. Once busy Leamington is left behind the walk follows the quiet byways of south Warwickshire and delivers a reward at the end with superlative views from the top of the Burton Dasset hills. There are a number of stiles to negotiate, and fields may contain livestock.

The walk starts at Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa. There is metered parking on side streets and NCP car parks in the area.
Post code CV32 4AA
Approx. co-ordinates 52.287075,-1.534403
The walk ends at Burton Dasset Hills Country Park. There is a parking charge for leaving a vehicle which at the time of writing is £1.50 for the whole day.
Post code CV47 2AB
Approx. co-ordinates 52.166078,-1.424447

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Walk Sections

Leamington Spa to Ufton
Leamington Spa to Ufton

Start point: 52.2872 lat, -1.5344 long
End point: 52.2557 lat, -1.4448 long

Facing the entrance to the Royal Pump Rooms, turn left to cross The Parade and then right to the entrance of Jephson Gardens. Take the main footpath through the gardens, bearing to the right past the tropical house to take the path parallel to the river Leam. Cross the road (Willes Road) to continue ahead, keeping the tree line to your right and grassy areas to your left, and follow round to the right to reach Newbold Comyn leisure centre.

Take the drive past the leisure centre into the park and follow this for about a quarter of a mile to reach a gateway after the 2nd adventure playground on your right. From the end of the playground turn right to follow the grassy track down to the banks of the river Leam and then go left beside it to reach a footbridge. Cross the bridge and the car park beyond it to reach the A425.

Cross here and then turn left, passing the last house on the right to take a gap onto the towpath of the Grand Union canal. Turn left and follow the towpath for just over three miles, passing a number of locks and bridges, until you reach arched Bridge 31, just past Lock 19. Leave the canal here and cross the bridge to join a flint track. Follow this track between fields for a mile and a quarter (the flint track becomes a hard track and then a metalled drive) to reach the junction with the A425. Turn left at the junction and walk up the hill to the White Hart pub at Ufton.

Ufton to Harbury
Ufton to Harbury

Start point: 52.2557 lat, -1.4448 long
End point: 52.235 lat, -1.4538 long

Just past the White Hart turn left onto a lane and follow this as it bears right to the A425. Cross here and then go left for 100 yards (passing a white house to your right) and then take the gateway right. Pass a black shed on your left and cross a stile. Follow the hedge on the right, first with market gardens to the left and then across a field, into a nature reserve. Take the small footpath as it winds through the nature reserve until you reach a lane (Ufton Fields).

Turn right here and walk along the lane for a short while before reaching a stile (left) on a bend. Go ahead across the field taking a bearing to the right of the white house ahead of you and cross a mid-fence stile. Take the left hand side of the hedge in front of you, passing the house and taking stiles to cross fields, to a gate and a fenced track. Continue ahead towards Bull Ring Farm and 50 yards before the buildings cross a stile left. Take the hedged path around the farm and onto a drive (Bull Ring Farm Road). Follow this drive to cross over a railway and continue ahead, climbing up and into the village of Harbury and continuing on to a crossroads after a bend in the road (along Church Terrace). At the crossroads by the Dog Inn take the road opposite (Ivy Lane) to walk along this residential street to reach a T-junction at the village hall.

Harbury to Burton Dasset Country Park
Harbury to Burton Dasset Country Park

Start point: 52.235 lat, -1.4538 long
End point: 52.1635 lat, -1.4208 long

Go left at the T-junction, along S Parade, and then take a track right past the playground to cross a stile. Follow a hedge on the right (market gardens on left followed by a grassy field) to the field corner and then cross a stile on the right and over a small plank. Bear left to cross the bottom end of the playing field and take the recessed stile left. Go right past a midfield oak to a stile and a road (Bush Heath Lane).

Go right for about 50 yards and then take the gate\stile left. Follow the left hedge (via a gate\stile) to cross a corner stile and then continue with hedge on your right to a stile and a road. Turn right, passing a house on the left, and then left through double gates into a field. Turn left to follow the left hand hedge for about half a mile, around the edge of fields, to eventually reach double white gates and drives.

Go right for 25 yards and take a gate left onto a wooded track. Follow this track to a small gate and a field and then follow the left hand hedge across a series of fields for just under two miles (via gates) to reach the woods of Itchington Holt. Continue ahead with the woods now on your left to reach a corner. Turn left at this corner to walk down along a field (woods still to your left) to reach a gate in the bottom corner which lets you out onto the B4451.

Cross to the lane opposite and walk along for about a quarter of a mile, around a left bend, to a stream where you take a gap to the right. Follow the left hand ditch to join a track and continue on to reach a set of double gates. Take the small gate to the left and follow the left hand ditch and hedge, via small gates, to reach a lane. Go left on this lane for a mile and a quarter, crossing over a railway, to reach a road (Blacksmiths Lane).

Turn right here and walk into the village of Northend to reach the Red Lion pub. Take the lane left before the pub and walk uphill to a bend, continue forward past houses to join a track that leads to a gate\stile and the Burton Dasset Hills Country Park. Continue along the track as it widens out and climbs steadily to reach the ridge of the hills and then turn right to head towards the stone tower on the summit and the end of the route.

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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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8 images to "Centenary Way (Warks) Day Six"

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Leamington Spa - Jephson Gardens
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The River Leam near Leamington Spa
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The Grand Union Canal near Leamington
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The Grand Union canal near Ufton
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The White Hart, Ufton
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The Dog Inn, Harbury
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Climbing up from Northend
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The stone tower on the summit

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