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Cathiron and Newbold On Avon Circular

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Cathiron and Newbold On Avon Circular
Author: Ohbodder, Published: 13 Apr 2015 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Warwickshire, Newbold On Avon
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Cathiron and Newbold On Avon Circular
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 7 mile circular walk starting and ending at the canal side car park at Cathiron Lane near Brinklow. The walk takes you through Little Lawford and Newbold on Avon, along quiet roads, undulating fields; with lovely views of North Warwickshire's countryside, farm tracks and bridleways, across the River Avon twice and along part of the Oxford Canal including the 200 yard long Newbold Tunnel.

The walk has a few gentle slopes, the paths across fields were well defined and generally mud free even after a good rainfall over night, the canal path however can get very muddy, especially the part from Newbold to the entrance to Brinklow Marina. There are quite a few gates, several stiles (some of which are enclosed so dogs will need a lift over), two fenced bridges, and a couple of small sets of steps along the way. Several of the fields have sheep and horses, and there are geese near the lakes so take care with dogs.

The walk starts and finishes at the free car park beside the Oxford Canal on Cathiron Lane near Brinklow. 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 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Rugby Road (signposted Easenhall) then first right into Cathiron Lane, the car park is on the left after about 0.5 miles. Nearest post code CV23 0NA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Fields
Start to Fields

Start point: 52.4057 lat, -1.3472 long
End point: 52.4023 lat, -1.3342 long

Leave the car park and turn left onto Cathiron Lane. The lane runs alongside the canal for about 0.4 miles (you will return along this section of the canal at the end of the walk). After another 300 yards there is a gate on the right leading to fields. Go through this gate.

Fields to Little Lawford
Fields to Little Lawford

Start point: 52.4023 lat, -1.3342 long
End point: 52.3916 lat, -1.3133 long

As you enter the field look left and in the distance you can see the chimney and buildings of the Rugby Cement Works, this is roughly the direction you will be walking for the next few fields.

Cross the first field towards a fenced bridge, cross the bridge and continue across the second field to a gate. Go through the gate and cross the third field to the next gate. Go through this and head diagonally right in the direction of a clump of trees. Keep to the edge of the field until you come to a gate. Go through this and cross the farm track, keep to the left edge of this field for a few yards until you come to a waymarked (open) metal gate. Go through this gate and head towards another gate. Go through the gate, down a few steps, across a plank bridge, and through another gate (pictured) to a small field with two small lakes.

Walk between the lakes until you come to a waymarked stile on your left, go over the stile and another stile almost immediately afterwards to enter the next field. Cross this heading for the far right corner where there is a stile leading to Little Lawford Lane.

Little Lawford to Ashman Avenue
Little Lawford to Ashman Avenue

Start point: 52.3916 lat, -1.3133 long
End point: 52.3836 lat, -1.3008 long

On reaching the junction at Little Lawford Lane, take the left road (signposted Newbold and Rugby) and follow it for about 50 yards, until the junction with Clayhill Lane. Climb the stile at this junction and follow the fence line round to the right until you reach some buildings in a small courtyard.

Straight ahead of you is the start of a bridleway. Walk along the bridleway, over the River Avon, go slightly uphill then downhill again to cross a stream, slightly uphill again and, as you pass a clump of trees, there is a gate on your left which leads you into a field.

Cross the field towards another gate, go through this and cross a farm track to another gate. Go through this and head for another gate just ahead of you. Go through this and, in the next field, head towards another fenced bridge. After crossing the bridge head for a row of houses ahead of you. There is a path between the houses that you will see as you get nearer to them. Go through a gate and follow the path between the houses to Ashman Avenue.

Turn left on Ashman Avenue and head to the small triangle of grass at the end of the road. There is another path between two houses by a lamppost on the far side. Follow the path turning left at the back of the houses to a gate into a field.

Ashman Avenue to Railway Tunnel
Ashman Avenue to Railway Tunnel

Start point: 52.3836 lat, -1.3008 long
End point: 52.3869 lat, -1.2917 long

Cross the field to the next gate, cross the second field and go through another gate. Head for a bridge over the River Avon (pictured), cross the bridge and head uphill towards the railway tunnel. Go through the gate and join a farm track as you go through the tunnel.

Railway Tunnel to Oxford Canal
Railway Tunnel to Oxford Canal

Start point: 52.3869 lat, -1.2917 long
End point: 52.3917 lat, -1.2843 long

Keep on the track for about 50 yards until you reach a waymarker on your right. Follow this signed path through some scrub land, past the dried remains of a long forgotten canal and along a line of trees towards the churchyard. Go through the gate into the churchyard, take the path left around the church and exit onto Main Street. Turn right along Main Street for about 100 yards until you reach the junction with Manor House Close. At this point enter what looks like the entrance to the pub car park, go past the pub and you will reach the Oxford Canal.

Oxford Canal to Finish
Oxford Canal to Finish

Start point: 52.3917 lat, -1.2843 long
End point: 52.4058 lat, -1.3472 long

Turn left onto the canal. After 50 yards you reach the 200 yard Newbold Tunnel. The tunnel is straight and well lit, with a lot of small stalactites hanging from the roof.

From here it is just over 3 miles along the towpath back to Cathiron Lane car park and the end of the walk. The route is generally flat except for a couple of steep bridges over entrances to side arms of the canal and Brinklow Marina. The first 2 miles to Brinklow Marina can get very muddy in places but the final mile of the towpath is much better.

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2 responses to "Cathiron and Newbold On Avon Circular"

Not very dog friendly, as some of the stiles I had to carry my dog over- not easy when you have a Labrador!!

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thanks for the feedback Claire, we've updated the walk introduction so that future walkers are warned of the enclosed stiles in advance.

By claire1984 on 2015-09-26 14:23:18

Found iFootpath by chance yesterday, downloaded the app and walked the "Cathiron and Newbold on Avon Circular" today. Excellent, although the one decent day's weather during the xmas break certainly helped. When those moments of direction doubt arose it certainly helped to get the tablet out for confirmation that I was indeed still on track and which way to the next stile!

By TDF on 2015-12-29 21:00:59

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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