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Centenary Way (Warks) Day Seven

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Centenary Way (Warks) Day Seven
Author: DFO, Published: 23 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Warwickshire,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Centenary Way (Warks) Day Seven
Length: 12 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Day Seven of the Warwickshire Centenary Way. This section of the walk offers elevated views from a series of hills and ridges, starting at the Burton Dasset Hills, traversing the line of Edge Hill, and onto Sunrising Hill. As well as lovely panoramas across Warwickshire the walk also visits a number of picturesque villages, culminating at Whatcote. The Cotswolds are within striking distance, and the architecture of the buildings begin to reflect this through extensive use of mellow golden limestone. There are large fields to traverse and these may be ploughed-over and muddy later in the year. There are also fields which may contain livestock. A number of stiles need to be negotiated.

The walk starts at the Burton Dasset Hills country park where there is a parking charge of £1:50 for the day. Use the parking bay near to the circular Stone Beacon.
Post code CV47 2AB
Approx. co-ordinates 52.166124,-1.424715
Website: http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/burton-dassett-hills-country-park/

The walk ends at the village of Whatcote, which does not have any public car parks so please park on the roadside with care and do not restrict access to properties.
Post code CV36 5EF
Approx. co-ordinates 52.09923,-1.563203

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Walk Sections

Burton Dasset to Arlescote
Burton Dasset to Arlescote

Start point: 52.1661 lat, -1.4247 long
End point: 52.1338 lat, -1.4319 long

From the beacon follow the ridge road, passing the ticket machine, and continue along the road towards the church. Cross a cattle grid to enter the church grounds and them bear right (church on left) to cross the cemetery and a stone stile. Keep ahead to cross a further two stiles and then bear right to the nearest field corner to cross a stile. Go left to cross a mid-hedge stile. Next go half left to the bottom of a hollow and cross a footbridge.

Follow the left hedge around the first corner to second corner. Go ahead for approximately 150 yards and then bear half right to double gates and cross a stile. Go ahead, taking a gate and a stile, to the village of Avon Dasset. Turn right, passing The Avon inn, and follow the main road through the village to reach a playground. Take the road to the right just before the playground and follow this out of the village to cross the M40. At the crossroads with the B4100 keep ahead and continue along the lane and into the village of Arlescote.

Arlescote to the Castle Inn
Arlescote to the Castle Inn

Start point: 52.1338 lat, -1.4319 long
End point: 52.124 lat, -1.4553 long

Follow the road through the village, bearing right to pass Holly Cottage, until the drive to Pond Farm is passed on the left. Watch out for a stile over a steel fence approximately 75 yards further and take this stile into a paddock. Cross the paddock and another stile and then follow the line of the left hedge to climb the next field as it rises sharply, going right at power pole, to meet the B4086. Cross the road and take the hedge gap into a large field. Keep ahead to cross this field which leads down to a footbridge. Head for the top left corner of the next field and cross a stile. Cross the CREST of the next field and, when in view, head right across the field towards conifers, reaching a projecting wall corner by farm buildings. Go ahead via a gate and follow a track to a road junction at the village of Ratley.

Turn right along Old Road to walk out of the village to reach a T-junction with the B4086. Bear left here and cross the road to take steps leading down through woodland (Jacobs Ladder). At the bottom of the steps turn left to follow the woodland track (bear left at fork) to climb up to the Castle Inn. This more or less the halfway point of the route and if you time it right you can use the Castle Inn for a lunch break as it serves food at reasonable prices.

The Castle Inn to Tysoe
The Castle Inn to Tysoe

Start point: 52.124 lat, -1.4553 long
End point: 52.0948 lat, -1.5061 long

From the path leading up to the Inn, and just before the tower, go right down a railed path to reach a woodland path at the bottom. From here go left and follow the track for about half a mile, through woodland and via steps up & steps down, to meet a rising track (King John’s Lane). Go up for approximately 25 yards and then take a path right. Follow the line of a fence for about half a mile until the track leads down to a lane. Go up the lane, ignoring a track to the right, and take the path right by a farm wall. Follow this woodland track for about half a mile (look out for a short mark post and pass path right) down to the road at Sun Rising Hill.

Take the drive ahead left and cross a gate/stile right. At a junction go left (past a falling track right) and take a gate. Follow the left hand fence and take another gate along a wood edge path for about 400 yards and then take the track that falls down through the woods to a gate at the bottom.
NOTE: This track can become very muddy and slippery after rain.

From here, head for the bottom left field corner to take a gate. Go ahead to cross a stile to the left after about 100 yards. Cross the field diagonally through a gap and stepping stones and then follow the right hand hedge to cross a stile. Go ahead, crossing two further fields, to a gap. Line up with a tree to the left of the distant church ahead of you and cross the field on this line to join a field edge. Follow the right hedge to a corner gap and then go half right to corner gate\stile and road. Turn left to walk along this road into the village of Tysoe and the Peacock Inn.

Tysoe to Whatcote
Tysoe to Whatcote

Start point: 52.0948 lat, -1.5061 long
End point: 52.099 lat, -1.5634 long

Continue past the Peacock Inn and follow the main street through the village as it bears left at a junction, passing the old fire station on the left, until you reach a junction with Shipston Road (right) and Epwell Road (ahead). Turn right along Shipston Road for about a quarter of a mile to reach a stone pillared gateway on a sharp left bend. Go through this gateway and then continue ahead between stone walls to follow a leafy path to a small gate and a field.

Go ahead to the far right field corner and take the gate. Follow the right hand hedge for 150 yards and then take gate right. Go left by hedge, bearing right to take gate. Follow the left hand hedge to cross a stream and stile. Go ahead (drawing closer to left hedge) and cross a stile. Go ahead midfield, enter gap and follow fenced track to field. Follow right hedge to water troughs, plus 30 yards. Bear left and cross mid-hedge footbridge and then head towards the large oak in the top hedge. Go right by hedge for approximately 200 yards and then cross a stile left. Go half right from here to the far corner of the garden at Kirby Farm. Go down edge of farm to the steel barn and then bear left and take the field bottom gate. KEEP TO THE SAME LINE to cross a stile and a footbridge. Go left to cross a stile and then right to a wide hedge gap. Bear half left to right of middle red brick house and cross a stile. Go ahead to lane and then turn right to the Royal Oak at Whatcote.

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3 responses to "Centenary Way (Warks) Day Seven"

This guide is more inaccurate than most. For an 8 mile walk we gave ourselves 4 hours on a winter day, in which time we would normally cover 12 miles. As it was, still a mile from "the half way point" of Castle Inn we realised we must already have covered 6 miles, and we would not make it to the end before dark. We took a short cut to Radway and finished the walk on roads. Even so, the last hour walking was in darkness, with my partner sheltering in the (highly recommended) pub at Middle Tysoe while I ploughed on to retrieve the car. On Google Earth the SHORTENED route WE took measures 12 miles, so the whole walk must be 14 to 16 miles. The directions weren't good either. e.g. "Follow the left hedge around the first corner to second corner. Go ahead for approximately 150 yards and then bear half right to double gates and cross a stile." takes you to the verge of the M40, not to Avon Dassett. Instead you must "Follow the hedge through 2 fields, then after 150 yards bear half right to cross a stile, then continue to double gates into the village". Pond Farm at Arlescote is mis-named as Park Farm. Etc. Etc. We really struggled to follow the directions, but fortunately the various farmers had put up sign posts which were much more helpful. All in all, take these directions with a pinch of salt, and take an OS map with you. And allow enough time to do 16 miles, not 8. My partner was just fit enough for an 8 mile walk, but was barely able to manage the 10 she did. 16 miles would have meant having to finish the walk by taxi. Not impressed.

By jbelsfield on 2013-12-29 19:03:51

Many thanks for taking the time to let us know about the problems with this walk. We have checked the exact length of the walk using the GPS data and have updated the stated length as required. We have also updated the farm name and would welcome any further amendments from other walkers to ensure the instructions are accurate. (jbelsfield - we have also sent you a separate email and a goodwill gesture.)

By admin on 2013-12-30 17:34:27

Thanks folks - I just re-measured the whole walk, and agree with your figure of 12 miles. It's a great walk, some of the best of Warwickshire landscape and scenery - the woods at Edge Hill are particularly beautiful. Thanks for the voucher, hugely appreciated.

By jbelsfield on 2014-01-02 17:04:42

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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9 images to "Centenary Way (Warks) Day Seven"

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Fog banks on Edge Hill
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A grand country residence
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Edhe Hill woodland in the autumn
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The Castle Inn at Edge Hill
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Walking the ridge of Edge Hill
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The many paths across Sunrising Hill
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Lower Tysoe
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Leaving Tysoe
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Sunset over fields near Whatcote

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