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Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green

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Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 13 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green Walking Guide
West Midlands, Coventry
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Berkswell, near Coventry in the West Midlands. The route takes in some attractive countryside and farmland. During the walk, you will enjoy a short section of the Millennium Way, the route being clearly marked by the distinctive black waymarkers.

The route is mostly flat with only a few gentle slopes. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus 9 stiles (all of which should be suitable for most dogs to manage). You may come across livestock in some of the fields. There are a couple of short sections on roads. Allow 2 hours.

The Millennium Way is a beautiful 100 mile walk in the heart of England, from Pershore in Worcestershire to Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire. The route was created by the 41 Club as a community project, with something to offer every walker or rambler across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This is one of 44 circular walks, each of which incorporates a section of the Millennium Way and is published in partnership with 41 Club.

Berkswell is located about 7 miles west of Coventry in the West Midlands. The walk starts from the Berkswell village car park, accessed from Lavender Hall Lane (at the junction with Church Lane). Approximate post code CV7 7BJ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Farm Track
Start to Farm Track

Start point: 52.4094 lat, -1.6407 long
End point: 52.4008 lat, -1.6379 long

The Lavender Hall Lane car park is close to the Church of St John the Baptist, and this is worth a visit before or after your walk if you have time. The first item of interest is its timber-frame porch, originally the village schoolroom, with benches and hat pegs. Venturing inside, we find a number of examples of the furniture of The Mouseman, Robert Thompson, each adorned with his trademark carved mouse. See how many you can find (there are 9 in all). Outside the church is the square stone-walled Berks Well, after which the village is named. It was used for baptisms by immersion (a chilly experience!)

When you are ready to start the walk, emerge from the car park, cross the road and go right past houses to find the signed footpath on your left, between two bungalows. Go through the narrow passage, then through a wooden kissing gate. Continue forward to go through a metal kissing gate and head up the next field with a hedge on your right and through a further kissing gate. In the next field, stay ahead with the hedge on your right and, just before the field corner, take the kissing gate right then go left with a hedge on your left. At the field corner, continue around the field edge then take the kissing gate left into a large field, staying with the hedge and fence on your left, heading under power lines towards farm buildings.

Take the kissing gate into the farm yard, then turn immediately left to take a further kissing gate (marked permissive route) which skirts around the side of the farm building. Continue alongside the wooden fencing then exit via a stile onto a farm track. Go left and continue down the farm track.

Farm Track to Railway Line

Start point: 52.4008 lat, -1.6379 long
End point: 52.3947 lat, -1.6364 long

On reaching the surfaced lane, cross over to take a metal kissing gate opposite, then stay ahead to cross directly over the centre of a large field. Go under some power lines to reach the hedge corner and continue ahead, now walking with the hedge on your right, to pass through a metal kissing gate and over a footbridge directly under an oak tree.

Having crossed the footbridge, take the footpath which continues straight ahead (ignoring the left and right footpaths). Stay ahead, across the middle of the field, towards a row of trees and walk with a hedge on your left to the field corner. Now stay ahead, keeping close to the wire fence and hedge on your left. Take the next metal kissing gate into a field. Continue ahead, but veering slightly right to take another metal kissing gate to reach the road, Truggis Lane.

Cross the road and take the footpath opposite, to stay forward along an enclosed woodland path. Take three wooden stiles ahead and stay along this footpath to take a fence stile near the railway line.

Railway Line to Hodgetts Lane
Railway Line to Hodgetts Lane

Start point: 52.3947 lat, -1.6364 long
End point: 52.3942 lat, -1.6215 long

Go left to walk along the path parallel to the railway line. On reaching the railway bridge ahead, cross the wooden stile and go half left, across the road, to take a wooden kissing gate into a field. Go ahead up the field, heading for the top right-hand corner at the end of long, red brick wall. Here, take the hidden kissing gate right (at the far end of the wall) to reach the road.

Turn right on the road, passing the entrance to Moat House Farm opposite. Continue along the road and, after a short while, take the surfaced drive right, next to Jasmine Cottage. Go through the large kissing gate into a field and stay ahead with trees and a fence on your left. Take the corner kissing gate and continue forward along the fenced path with a hedge on your left, soon crossing a short section of boarded walkway, then exiting by a metal kissing gate to reach a farm driveway. Go left along the driveway to reach a road, Hodgetts Lane.

Hodgetts Lane to Power Lines
Hodgetts Lane to Power Lines

Start point: 52.3942 lat, -1.6215 long
End point: 52.4008 lat, -1.6214 long

You are now on The Millennium Way. Go left on the road to reach a junction. Turn right here to reach the T-junction. Turn left onto Spencer’s Lane and, after 20 paces, take the driveway right to cross a stile to a vehicle track. From here you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers. Go ahead on the track to take a kissing gate, and continue ahead to exit the track by a further kissing gate to enter a field.

Go to the right of a power pole to cross the field and find the top corner kissing gate. Take this kissing gate – plank bridge – kissing gate combination and go ahead with fences right and left. Ignore the kissing gates to the left, but continue ahead to take another kissing gate – plank bridge – kissing gate combination. Go ahead, over a rough driveway, keeping a hedge and trees on your right, to pass under power lines.

Power Lines to White House Gap

Start point: 52.4008 lat, -1.6214 long
End point: 52.4088 lat, -1.6253 long

Approximately 100 yards after passing under the power lines, you will come to a crossroads of paths and a mid-hedge gap on your right (with a kissing gate and a waypost with several waymarks). Stop, remain in the field and turn left (walking directly away from the kissing gate and waypost) across the field to take a ditch bridge located 10 paces in from the right field corner.

Continue ahead with a wire fence on your left, across the field to exit by a kissing gate. Go with the hedge on your right to reach the top right swamp boards and take the kissing gate. Go right with the hedge on your right and, at the end of the trees, take the ditch bridge and kissing gate right and then go left, continuing with a hedge on your left under power lines. At the field corner, go ahead over the field aiming some 70 paces to the right of the white house to find the corner gap.

White House Gap to End
White House Gap to End

Start point: 52.4088 lat, -1.6253 long
End point: 52.4097 lat, -1.6408 long

Ignore the gap (here we leave The Millennium Way) and instead, go left to carry on around the edge of the same field with the hedge on your right. After a few yards, you will reach a large metal gate and a fence stile. At this point, go diagonally half left back across the field to reach the far line of trees. On reaching the line of trees, take the kissing gate and go directly ahead over the next field to reach a hedge gap. Take the gap then immediately bear quarter right to reach a corner kissing gate and adjacent stile.

Take the kissing gate into the next field (ignoring the footpath which goes right), then stay straight ahead, first to pass a large lone tree on your left and continuing on the same line to pass between a line of large trees in the mid field. After passing these trees, stay ahead on the same line to the field corner, where the path descends slightly to reach a corner kissing gate. Take the kissing gate and go through the short passageway to reach the road. Turn left on the road to reach a crossroads. You can stop here at The Bear Inn or continue across the crossroads to return to your starting point at the Lavender Hall Lane Car Park.

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3 comments for "Millennium Way: Berkswell and Carol Green"

I quite enjoyed the route. the only issue I had was that just after point 2 in the map, you had to essentially go through what looked like a farm the path was blocked by farm dogs who were loose and didn't seem particularly friendly towards walkers. Had to double back to the road and cut that bit out. so to future walkers, I'd miss that bit out.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk and thanks for letting us know about the farm dogs. We can confirm that the loop from Waypoint 2 does follow official public rights of way, first alongside the railway and then through a field with the farm buildings to your right. If you felt threatened by farm dogs you certainly did the right thing by using the road instead - and good advice should the same thing happen to future walkers. You could report this matter to the local County Council, as having threatening dogs loose on a right of way is a reportable offence.

By andrewy on 01 Apr 2018

agree with the above, definatly better more enjoyable walks in the area. I'm unlikely to do this one again. also there was quite a lot of livestock in the fields which made navigating the mud with two dogs on a lead a little challenging!

ADMIN RESPONSE: Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this Millennium Way walk. If you would rather avoid livestock, remember to read the walk introductions where you will be forewarned about livestock and so can choose a more appropriate route instead.

By cedden on 05 Feb 2018

A rather overgrown walk via some busy roads to begin. Went along a deserted and very overgrown path beside railway. Not a good walk for those with young children and possibly dogs. Done once, wouldn't do again.

By Hannah2017 on 07 Sep 2017

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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