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Brinklow Circular

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Brinklow Circular
Author: Ohbodder, Published: 30 Mar 2015 Walk Rating:star1 Brinklow Circular Walking Guidestar1 Brinklow Circular Walking Guidestar1 Brinklow Circular Walking Guidestar1 Brinklow Circular Walking Guidestar0 Brinklow Circular Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Brinklow
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Brinklow Circular
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Brinklow Circular Walking Guide boot Brinklow Circular Walking Guide
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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).

Walk Sections

Start to Smeaton Lane
Start to Smeaton Lane

Start point: 52.4124 lat, -1.3622 long
End point: 52.4221 lat, -1.3705 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
Smeaton Lane to Oxford Canal

Start point: 52.4221 lat, -1.3705 long
End point: 52.4271 lat, -1.3714 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
Oxford Canal to Cathiron Lane Car Park

Start point: 52.4271 lat, -1.3714 long
End point: 52.4056 lat, -1.347 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.

For the first 0.8 miles, to Rose Narrowboats Yard, the canal runs alongside the Crewe-London railway line. The canal then heads south and after another 0.5 miles you cross a bridge (pictured) which crosses what was once a branch of the canal that went through Brinklow. After this point the canal goes through a cutting and the towpath can become very muddy. As the cutting ends the towpath once again becomes less muddy and you approach Cathiron Lane car park.

Cathiron Lane Car Park to Brinklow Castle
Cathiron Lane Car Park to Brinklow Castle

Start point: 52.4056 lat, -1.347 long
End point: 52.4108 lat, -1.3545 long

(You could, if you wish, start the walk from here rather than Barr Lane car park.)

Leave the car park and turn right onto Cathiron Lane. After approximately 0.5 miles, turn right at the junction into Rugby Road. After about 400 yards there is another junction and on the left by a clump of trees there is a waymarker. Follow the marked path for a few feet to pass through a gate and into a field.

Brinklow Castle to Castle Steps
Brinklow Castle to Castle Steps

Start point: 52.4108 lat, -1.3545 long
End point: 52.412 lat, -1.3592 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
End point: 52.4123 lat, -1.3622 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.

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6 Comments for: "Brinklow Circular"

The directions combined with the map are really very good. This is an easy walk of just about 2hours. The Canal Trust must have read the bit about the muddy tow path because it is now all stoned !

By Baquilod on 27 Oct 2018

Lovely walk and lots of lovely scenery. It was a bit muddy in places along the canal.

By jilltomordy on 28 Jul 2017

this was our first walk using the app. .really pleased. .easy to follow route and instructions..we had our two year old.,four year old and dog with us too, got a bit muddy by canal as pre warned but our boys loved it!

By Lchidlow80 on 19 Mar 2017

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

Good varied walk - bit muddy this April 2016 especially the canal path.

By Flittermouse on 05 Apr 2016

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

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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