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|Author: Ohbodder, Published: 30 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A circular walk around the historic village of Brinklow over fields, roads, and the Oxford Canal plus an optional detour to one of Britain's finest Motte and Bailey castles. |
The route is mostly level, with a couple of slight inclines on the road sections. There is a set of steps down to the canal, and a set of steps up to Brinklow Castle if you take the detour. The path between Brinklow Castle and Broad Street is narrow, quite steep, uneven and can be muddy. The fields are generally well drained and even after a good rainfall were not muddy, though the canal path can be very muddy in parts. There are a few sheep in the first couple of fields and you will need to negotiate approximately eight kissing gates. There are no facilities on the walk, other than what you can find in Brinklow village.
The walk starts and finishes at the free car park on Barr Lane in Brinklow. Brinklow lies on the B4455 (Fosse Way). From the M6 J2/M69 take the A46 south for 3 miles. Turn left onto the A428 for another 3 miles to Bretford. Turn left onto the B4455 towards Brinklow for a further 2 miles. Turn right onto Broad Lane, signposted B4027 Lutterworth. Barr Lane is on the left after around 400 yards, signposted to the car park. Approximate post code CV23 0LU. (Alternatively you could park in the free car park on Cathiron Lane, Waypoint 3, and adjust the walk to start and finish there).
|Start to Smeaton Lane|
Start point: 52.4124 lat, -1.3622 long
Leave the car park and walk down Barr Lane (away from the main road) until you come to a kissing gate. Go through the gate and head straight across the field (pictured); you can see the next waymarker towards the left of a line of trees ahead of you. (NOTE: There are a few sheep in this and the next couple of fields so take care with dogs). Go through a gate, turn right and walk along the right-hand edge of the field. Continue in the same direction, following the right-hand edge of two more fields. The path now heads into the trees where there is another gate. Go through the gate and turn right onto a muddy track. Cross the small stone bridge and continue on the track for a few yards until you reach Smeaton Lane.
|Smeaton Lane to Oxford Canal|
Start point: 52.4221 lat, -1.3705 long
Turn left onto Smeaton Lane and, after 50 yards, take the road on the right, Colehurst Lane (marked with No Through Road signs). The road has as slight incline which increases as you reach the Oxford Canal. Take the flight of steps down to the canal, about 12 steps in total.
|Oxford Canal to Cathiron Lane Car Park|
Start point: 52.4271 lat, -1.3714 long
At the foot of the steps, turn right and head under Bridge 26. The towpath here is a mixture of grass and compressed stone, but even after a little rainfall it was fairly solid.
|Cathiron Lane Car Park to Brinklow Castle|
Start point: 52.4056 lat, -1.347 long
(You could, if you wish, start the walk from here rather than Barr Lane car park.)
|Brinklow Castle to Castle Steps|
Start point: 52.4108 lat, -1.3545 long
Head uphill towards the perimeter fence of Brinklow Castle. Keeping the perimeter fence on your right, follow it to the next waymarker at a gap in the hedge. Keep along the edge of the next field with the fence and stream on your right until you come to another gate. Go through this and along the track for a few yards until you come to a point where there is a gate on your left, and a rudimentary bridge and set of steps on your right. If you want to take the optional detour to Brinklow Castle (pictured), cross the bridge and climb the steps. Otherwise, to continue the walk, go through the gate on the left.
|Castle Steps to End|
Start point: 52.412 lat, -1.3592 long
This path has quite a steep descent, and is narrow, a little uneven and muddy, so take care. At the end of the path you will emerge onto Broad Street. Turn left then after a 50 yards turn right into Barr Lane and return to the car park where the walk began.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author Ohbodder and may not be reproduced without permission.
Really enjoyed using your app. Four miles done...a walk on the doorstep. Instructions were fine. Interesting walk; canals / fields/ tall corn & Brinklow Castle.
|By morgans on 27 Sep 2015|
Good varied walk - bit muddy this April 2016 especially the canal path.
|By Flittermouse on 05 Apr 2016|
got a bit lost at the castle instructions but found our way. Lovely day. Two tired and very muddy dogs.
|By Janie2dogs on 19 Feb 2017|
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