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|Millennium Way: Packwood House and Chessetts Wood|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 01 Feb 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from Packwood House, near Lapworth in Warwickshire. Starting from this stunning National Trust property, the route enjoys the delights of the Warwickshire countryside. For over half the walk you enjoy a delightful section of the Millennium Way, clearly waymarked with the distinctive black and white circular waymarkers. |
The route is relatively flat with just a few gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates, a few steps plus 10 stiles (all of which should be suitable for most dogs to manage). You are likely to come across livestock in many of the fields. 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.
The walk starts and finishes at Packwood House, near Lapworth in Warwickshire. The property has its own visitor car park (which is normally open 10.30am to 5.30pm all year). Alternatively, there is a lay-by on the lane just north of the car park. Approximate post code B94 6AT.
|Start to St Giles Church|
Start point: 52.3483 lat, -1.7462 long
Packwood House began as a modest timber-framed farmhouse constructed for John Fetherston between 1556 and 1560. Its interiors were extensively restored between the First and Second World Wars by Graham Baron Ash to create a fascinating 20th-century evocation of domestic Tudor architecture. Packwood House contains a fine collection of 16th-century textiles and furniture, and the gardens have renowned herbaceous borders. The famous Yew Garden containing over 100 trees was laid out in the mid-17th century by John Fetherston, the lawyer. In 1941, Ash donated the house and gardens to the National Trust.
|St Giles Church to Valley Lane|
Start point: 52.353 lat, -1.752 long
The present church of St Giles dates from the latter part of the 13th century (1270-80) and stands secluded and peaceful in fields, with Church Farm and Packwood Hall as its nearest neighbours. It was at St Giles Church on a June morning in 1706 that a Lichfield bookseller, Michael Johnson, came to marry Sara Ford. Their son, born in 1709, grew up to become Dr Samuel Johnson of literary fame. The registers actually date back to 1668 and are kept in the church safe.
|Valley Lane to End|
Start point: 52.359 lat, -1.723 long
Continue down Valley Lane, ignoring a road on the right and staying ahead between tall hedges. Follow the road around and, immediately before the private entrance to Valley Farm, go left through a kissing gate into a field. Turn right (with the hedge on your right) to take the corner field kissing gate. Keep ahead to take the next wooden kissing gate and stone bridge, passing over a stile into a field. Maintain the same line ahead (with hedges on your left) to follow the distinctive Millennium Way waymarkers over several stiles and a gate. Take a large metal kissing gate then go through a short passage to arrive at the road.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author 41club and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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