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|The Studley Round|
|Author: Spencer, Published: 22 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Studley Church|
Start point: 52.2671 lat, -1.8923 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.
|Studley Church to Studley Castle|
Start point: 52.2715 lat, -1.8825 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.
|Studley Castle back to Studley Church|
Start point: 52.2765 lat, -1.8728 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.
|Studley Church to End|
Start point: 52.2736 lat, -1.8844 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.
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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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