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Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop

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Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 06 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop Walking Guide
West Midlands, Berkswell
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Berkswell, near Coventry in the West Midlands. The route takes in some attractive countryside and farmland. Almost half of this delightful walk follows 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 5 stiles (all of which should be suitable for most dogs to manage). You may come across livestock in some of the fields. Allow 2.5 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 Church
Start to Church

Start point: 52.4097 lat, -1.6409 long
End point: 52.4098 lat, -1.6432 long

Starting from the car park in Lavender Hall Lane, turn right out of the car park then head up Church Lane towards the attractive 12th century Norman church of St John the Baptist.

The Church of St John the Baptist is worth a visit 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. It was used for baptisms by immersion (a chilly experience!).

Church to Hall and Lake
Church to Hall and Lake

Start point: 52.4098 lat, -1.6432 long
End point: 52.4102 lat, -1.6581 long

Continue ahead through the churchyard and exit via a gate. Continue through a small wood and onto a long section of boarded walkway through a field, with views of Berkswell Hall to your right.

Berkswell Hall is a country house, now converted into residential apartments. A manor house has existed here since 1556 but the present house dates from 1815. Between 1815 and 1860 it was a school, but restored as a house and sold to Joshua Wheatley in 1888. In 1984 the estate was sold for redevelopment but the surrounding land is still owned by the Wheatley family.

Cross the bridge over a stream, continue to a kissing gate and turn immediately right, to join the Millennium Way with its distinctive black and white waymark signs. Pass through a small wood to follow the well-defined path up the field (heading for the corner kissing gate at the edge of a wood). You have lovely views of the lake and hall to your right.

Hall and Lake to Cornets End Lane

Start point: 52.4102 lat, -1.6581 long
End point: 52.4223 lat, -1.6524 long

Go through the kissing gate at the top corner of the field and pass through the small wood. Continue through fields (keeping the hedge to your right), the path eventually passes by a wood on your right to arrive at a wooden kissing gate. Take the kissing gate then turn right and follow the edge of the field (with hedge to your right) for 200 paces to take another kissing gate into the wood. Turn left along the edge of the wood, keeping to the right of a pond. Continue ahead along the attractive woodland path and over a wooden stile (now keeping the hedge to your left).

As the path approaches the farm, turn right at the gatepost and go with the high broken hedge on your left. Head gently downhill, go through a kissing gate in the corner of the field, go ahead across a bridge over the stream and then pass through a metal gate. Head across the field towards a stile. Go over the stile and turn left along the path (following the wire fence and quarry works on your right). Take a gap next to a large metal gate to go right along a surfaced track.

Continue along the surfaced track and after approximately half a mile, during which the surfaced track changes direction a couple of times, you will come to a metal gate-in-gate on your left before the farmhouse (Park Farm). Ignore this gate as this is the point where you leave the Millennium Way. Instead, continue ahead on the surfaced track, past Park Farm until you reach a road junction (Cornets End Lane).

Cornets End Lane to Blind Hall Farm
Cornets End Lane to Blind Hall Farm

Start point: 52.4223 lat, -1.6524 long
End point: 52.416 lat, -1.6354 long

At this road junction, take a kissing gate in the hedge on your right. Go ahead across the field to a gap in the hedge. Go through the gap and continue straight ahead across the field, taking the stile in the far left corner. Keep ahead with the hedge on your right, crossing over the next stile then passing through a metal gate to reach the road.

Turn right onto the road and, after a few paces, proceed through a kissing gate on the left. Continue directly across the field to pass under the power cables in the far corner, then cross a stile and turn left, keeping to the edge of the field (with a hedge on your left). Ignore a kissing gate in the first corner but continue around the field edge, skirting the wooded island with a pond, up the field to the top left corner. Turn right for about 50 paces and take a hedge gap left by a marker post. Go right (with the hedge on your right) to pass under power lines.

Continue ahead to take a corner gap in the hedge and turn left (keeping the hedge on your left) along the edge of the field. Keeping to the left of a small lake, go through a wooden kissing gate and continue ahead over a small wooden bridge. Turn sharp right to reach, after 10 paces, a junction of paths. Ignore the path straight ahead and instead take the right-hand path to follow around the edge of the field (keeping close to the hedge on your right). Stay with the hedge on your right to eventually reach a kissing gate on the right. Take the kissing gate to join the Heart of England Way.

Continue along the track past Blind Hall Farm (pictured), a late 1500s or early 1600s Grade II listed former farm, owned by the Berkswell Estate and reputed to be haunted!

Blind Hall Farm to End
Blind Hall Farm to End

Start point: 52.416 lat, -1.6354 long
End point: 52.4099 lat, -1.6409 long

Pass through a kissing gate (adjacent to a cattle grid) and stay along the track until you reach the main road. Turn left for approximately 300 yards. Just before the houses, take the footpath on the opposite side of the road (right). Go through both kissing gates then turn left along the track, go through two further kissing gates and eventually you will reach Berkswell Church.

Exit the churchyard, and turn left along Church Lane which will bring you back to the car park where the walk began. If you are looking for refreshments, continue past the car park to reach The Bear Inn just beyond the crossroads.

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1 comments for "Millennium Way: Berkswell Western Loop"

A wonderful walk through some beautiful farmland. The lake and Hall really are quite picturesque at the beginning of the walk. Minimal road walk and not too many stiles or gates. Well kept land, plenty of opportunities for the dogs to have a run. Take a picnic along and enjoy this walk at a leisurely amble. It's wonderful for an afternoon out x

By Hannah2017 on 24 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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