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|Long Itchington and Ufton Loop|
|Author: Oliver Grimes, Published: 01 Mar 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Warwickshire, Long Itchington|
|A beautiful 8 mile circuit starting in Long Itchington and looping back through the village of Ufton. Stroll alongside the idyllic Grand Union Canal and locks, some short road walking followed by woodland paths and arable farmland. |
Some of fields can be a little muddy if the weather has been wet so wear appropriate footwear. You will need to negotiate some gates, steps and narrow footbridges but there are no stiles on route.
Easy access to Long Itchington is via the A423 and M40 if coming from further afield. Start at The Holy Trinity Church, Long Itchington, CV47 9PN. Road parking is available around the church.
|Start to Field|
Start point: 52.283 lat, -1.3976 long
Start at the Long Itchington Holy Trinity Church and walk east down Church Road (church to your left) away from the village green. At the very end of Church Road bear left into Stonebridge Lane and follow this as it swings left heading out into the countryside (taking care of any traffic). Continue for 0.6 miles (the road will take you under an old railway bridge and then straighten out) and then look for a waymarker post on the left of the road where two fields meet.
|Field to Canal Towpath|
Start point: 52.2824 lat, -1.4162 long
Take this path and walk up the hill on the left of the hedge (this can get a little muddy when wet). At the top of the hill keep walking ahead along the track towards the farm building. Keep to the left of the farm building and follow the track around the side, down towards the canal bridge. At the start of the bridge, on the right, there is a small track that will take you down to the canal towpath.
|Canal Towpath to Bridge 31|
Start point: 52.2741 lat, -1.4199 long
Go right along the canal (with the canal on your left) heading towards the locks. Keep walking for a couple of miles until you get to Bridge 31.
|Bridge 31 to Ufton Hill|
Start point: 52.2726 lat, -1.4433 long
Take the steps on the right of the bridge which lead you up to the road. Turn left along the narrow road, crossing the canal and heading towards Ufton. Eventually keep right at the fork, up the hill and you will come to a junction with the A425, Ufton Hill.
|Ufton Hill to Bascote Road|
Start point: 52.2579 lat, -1.4476 long
Turn left along the A425 climbing further into Ufton. You will spot on the left a fantastic display garden (it should look a lot more spectacular in the summer than my picture taken in winter), watch out for the alligator in the pond. Take the first left, White Hart Lane, just before Ufton church. Follow this road around the corner to reach a junction. Go left at the junction back onto the A425. This can be a fairly busy road, so be careful to stay on the pavement. You only need to stay on this road for about half a mile, before taking the first left down Bascote Road (signposted towards Long Itchington).
|Bascote Road to Ufton Woods|
Start point: 52.2548 lat, -1.4337 long
Follow Bascote Road for 0.5 miles where you will start to approach a woodland area on the left.
|Ufton Woods to Welsh Road|
Start point: 52.2588 lat, -1.4278 long
Continue along Bascote Road, passing Ufton Woods on your left. Eventually you will come to the crossroads with Welsh Road, in Bascote Heath.
|Welsh Road to Canal|
Start point: 52.2669 lat, -1.4268 long
Turn left along Welsh Road and after about 0.3 miles you will pass an entrance drive for a farm on your left. 100 yards later, turn down a farm track on the right. After about 0.3 miles a farm will start to come into view towards the left. 100 yards before the farm, take a track heading left over a small wooden ditch bridge and along a hedgerow. Follow the line of the hedge to meet another track after 100 yards. Turn right and then left to join a track heading for the canal. (If by some chance you miss this footpath and end up at the farm gates, then follow the track along to the left, you will shortly meet a junction with the same track mentioned above - turn right onto it). Follow this track back to the canal where you will find the bridge where you joined the canal on the outward leg.
|Canal to Bridge 26|
Start point: 52.2739 lat, -1.4197 long
Go down to the canal towpath as before, but this time head under the bridge walking away from the locks. Stay on the canal for a good couple of miles, with the canal on your right. After that distance you will notice the canal becomes an aqueduct as the canal crosses the River Itchen. Shortly after this you will come to Bridge 26.
|Bridge 26 to End|
Start point: 52.2786 lat, -1.3933 long
Go under this bridge and leave the canal on the left. (You may have to squeeze past the fence to walk up to the top of the bridge). Walk away from the bridge, heading north, back towards the church tower at Long Itchington in the distance. Follow the track round to the left of the hedgerow where you will cross over the brook on a small bridge. Keeping heading towards the village and the track will shortly join a road. Go straight down this road to rejoin Church Road. Turn left along the road and you will come to the church where the walk began.
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Great walk ... Just one small amendment - towards the end the canal bridge mentioned should be 26a not 25 ... If you go to 25 it adds about half a mile - no big deal, and if you like walking then you have just added more of what you like doing!!
|By ajbagg on 30 Jul 2016|
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