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The Studley Round

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The Studley Round
Author: speninem, Published: 22 Feb 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 The Studly Round - Warwickshirestar0 The Studly Round - Warwickshirestar0 The Studly Round - Warwickshirestar0 The Studly Round - Warwickshirestar0 The Studly Round - Warwickshire
Warwickshire, Studley
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Studley Round
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Studly Round - Warwickshire boot The Studly Round - Warwickshire
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This gentle 3 mile walk starts and finishes in the village of Studley, historically well-known for its needle making industry. The walk crosses farmland and passes the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, dating from the early 12th century. After a stretch on a quiet footpath the route brings you out in front of Studley Castle, originally an 18th century country house. After a varied history it is currently a conference centre. The walk returns via a short stretch on a quiet country lane, before returning across the farmland. The start and finish of the walk is close to the village pub, The Lark, which still sells the legendary ‘Cow Pies’.

Some paths can get a bit muddy in wet weather. There are several kissing gates on route but no stiles. There is also a small bridge with 4 or 5 steps and a knee-high bar to keep animals from crossing. Please note the fields are usually full of sheep and sometimes cattle, so take particular care with dogs. There is one stretch on a quiet road so take care of traffic here.

Studley is a large village located about 6 miles south of Junction 3 on the M42, and about 4 miles north of Alcester on the A46. It is situated on the old Roman Ryknild Street (Icknield Street), now the A435. The walk starts and finishes on the A435, opposite the Little Lark pub. There is free street parking nearby. Approximate post code B80 7NP.

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Walk Sections

Start to Studley Church
Start to Studley Church

Start point: 52.2671 lat, -1.8923 long
End point: 52.2715 lat, -1.8825 long

The walk starts through the kissing gate opposite The Lark, immediately to the right of Edgintons Garage. Go through the kissing gate and head across the field towards the church you can see in the distance. The field often has sheep and cattle in, so please take care with dogs.

After crossing the larger field, you will come to a metal bridge across the River Arrow. The Arrow has its source in the Lickey Hills in Worcestershire, and flows downstream to join the River Avon near Salford Priors. During the summer months, the river becomes little more than a stream at this point, and it is possible to paddle across with wellies, giving thirsty dogs the opportunity of a quick drink. However, after periods of heavy rainfall, the river becomes very deep and fast-flowing so keep an eye on any dogs to keep them safe.

Cross the metal bridge and continue on across the small field on the other side, heading for the kissing gate in the hedge.

Studley Church to Studley Castle
Studley Church to Studley Castle

Start point: 52.2715 lat, -1.8825 long
End point: 52.2765 lat, -1.8728 long

Through the kissing gate you will reach a quiet single lane road. Immediately to the left and in front of you is the early 12th Century Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We will be passing the church again later, so for now turn right along the road which immediately swings left round a corner. With the cemetery to your right, you will see Studley Castle ahead of you at the top of the small hill.

Continue to the end of the tarmac road and go through the metal gate onto the grass/mud path. In wet weather this path can become very muddy. Continue straight ahead up the path until you pass some farm buildings and come out on a road which is the entrance drive to the castle, which you can see to your right.

(NOTE FEB 2016: There is currently a diversion to the footpath which prevents you walking the final 200 yards of the path through the farm buildings. The diversion takes you behind the Castle. If this is still in place, follow the marked path until you come to small house on the far side, then follow the drive to re-join the road in front of the castle. This will take you back to where the original footpath exits onto the road.)

Studley Castle back to Studley Church
Studley Castle back to Studley Church

Start point: 52.2765 lat, -1.8728 long
End point: 52.2736 lat, -1.8844 long

Studley Castle was commissioned as a country house by Francis Lyttleton Hollyoake, then High Sheriff of Warwickshire, in the 1830s. It has never been a castle. It was designed in the Gothic style by architect, Samuel Beazley. It has had a varied history, being a horticultural training college for ladies in the first half of the 20th century, before being used for several years as British Leyland/Rover training centre. It subsequently became a hotel, and is currently run as a conference centre.

Head down the drive with the castle behind you. The drive joins a country road with two gatehouses, one of which has been converted to a private house.

Turn left onto the road, watching out for traffic. The road is usually quiet, and drivers are usually considerate to walkers, but take care nonetheless, and keep to the side of the road.

Along this road you will see the church in front of you to the left. Next to the church is the 16th century house known as the 'Old Studley Castle' which was built on the site of a medieval castle.

After about 400 yards, the road bends sharply to the right, but take the road to the left which takes you back towards the church.

Studley Church to End
Studley Church to End

Start point: 52.2736 lat, -1.8844 long
End point: 52.267 lat, -1.8922 long

Follow the small lane which takes you in front of Old Studley Castle, a private residence, before coming back to the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The present Norman stone church, founded around 1105, is thought to have been built on the site of a prior wooden Saxon Church. A late Anglo-Saxon axe head was found in the churchyard. The church was restored in 1888, again in 1935, and most recently in the 1990s.

After passing the church, return to the fields through the kissing gate on the right (that you emerged through on the outward leg).

Retrace your steps across the metal bridge over the River Arrow, and head straight back across the fields, returning to the kissing gate on the A435 in Studley where the walk began.

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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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