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|Millennium Way: Hockley Heath and Packwood House|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 27 Jan 2017||Walk Rating:|
|West Midlands, Solihull|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Hockley Heath, near Solihull in the West Midlands. This fairly easy walk would be very suitable for a short Sunday morning ramble, taking in a short stretch of the canal towpath and also passing two interesting landmarks, namely Packwood House and St. Giles Church, which are both worth a visit. There are no difficult sections on this walk and it is a very pleasant introduction to The Millennium Way. 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 relatively flat with just a few gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates plus 4 stiles (all of which should be suitable for most dogs to manage). Whilst most of the fields are arable, you may come across livestock in a couple of the fields. There are a few sections of road walking, so take particular care of traffic. 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.
Hockley Heath is located about 6 miles south of Solihull and is accessed from Jn 16 of the M40 or Jn 4 of the M42. The walk starts and finishes outside The Wharf Tavern on the A3400. The pub has a car park if you are having refreshments there, otherwise roadside parking is available. Approximate post code B94 6QT.
|Start to Old Warwick Road|
Start point: 52.3507 lat, -1.7775 long
The walk starts from the Wharf Tavern in Hockley Heath. Built in 1849, the pub served the coal barges that pulled up at the local wharf. The back garden of the pub was the coalyard. Make your way through the pub car park to find a bridge left leading to the canal. You are now on The Millennium Way. Go along the towpath, keeping the canal on your right.
|Old Warwick Road to Packwood House|
Start point: 52.3447 lat, -1.7623 long
Go left on the road for approximately 80 paces and then take the stile right (next to a wide metal gate), into a field. Go ahead with a hedge and trees on your left. Continue ahead where the field bottlenecks and eventually exit the field through an unmarked far hedge gap into the next field. Continue ahead, now with a hedge on your right, to eventually pass under low voltage power lines and take the corner stile. Go with a hedge on your left to reach the surfaced drive by the entrance to a large country house (Malt House Farm).
|Packwood House to St Giles Church|
Start point: 52.3481 lat, -1.746 long
Continue past Packwood House along the lane for approximately 0.25 miles, passing Grove Lane which enters from the left. After a further 100 paces, take the kissing gate left into a field. Follow the black Millennium Way waymarker to go over the centre of the field to reach a kissing gate under power lines. From this kissing gate, go ahead with a hedge on your left for approximately 40 paces then follow the waymarker to go diagonally right to reach the power pole in the corner by the trees. Take the kissing gate leading into the churchyard of St. Giles Church.
|St Giles Church to End|
Start point: 52.353 lat, -1.7519 long
Face the front door of the church and go left along the pathway to exit the churchyard via a gate into the car park. Go left here, along the church access driveway to reach the road. Turn right along the road and continue to the T-junction. Go left at the T-junction and continue on to meet the main road. Go ahead along the main road (signposted Hockley Heath) following the road round to meet the main Stratford Road. Turn left here to walk along this main road, arriving back at The Wharf Tavern on your right, where the walk began.
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Lovely walk. Next time though we would cut off the road walking and rejoin the canal (as in your shorter 3 mile walk from packwwod house) to come back into hocklwy Heath.
|By katenorthpho on 21 May 2017|
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