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Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell

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Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 07 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell Walking Guide
West Midlands, Coventry
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Balsall Common, near Coventry in the West Midlands. The route meanders across mostly flat farmland and open countryside. For the first part of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of the Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black waymarkers.

The route is mostly flat with only a few gentle slopes. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, footbridges and steps plus 11 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 of road walking and you will also need to cross a dual carriageway at one point. 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.

Balsall Common is located about 7 miles west of Coventry in the West Midlands. The walk starts outside Ye Old Saracens Head pub on the B4101, west of the village centre. If you are having refreshments, the pub has its own car park otherwise there is street parking available. Approximate post code CV7 7AS.

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Walk Sections

Start to Kenilworth Road
Start to Kenilworth Road

Start point: 52.3911 lat, -1.6722 long
End point: 52.403 lat, -1.6587 long

We begin our walk from Ye Old Saracens Head. Turn left out of the pub car park then, after 250 yards, cross the road (right) at the driveway of a black and white house and go over a stile. Here you see the first distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker. Go with the hedge on your left to take a stile and continue with the hedge on your left. Cross the stile into a field with a bridge over a stream in its middle. Cross this then go over another stile at the far side. Stay ahead to cross directly over the next field, keeping the hedge far right and go through the mid-hedge gap at the top of the field. Continue along (with the hedge on your left) and then go over a stile into a small coppice to cross a footbridge.

Head up the next field (with the fence on your left) to reach the top left corner. Ignore a kissing gate and turn right, following the Millennium Way sign to stay along the field edge with a wood on your left. Go left over the next stile then turn right onto a driveway which passes through brick gate posts and joins a local road. Continue down the road to a junction, turn right then after short distance turn left onto the main road (a dual carriageway), Kenilworth Road.

Kenilworth Road to Berkswell Village
Kenilworth Road to Berkswell Village

Start point: 52.403 lat, -1.6587 long
End point: 52.4093 lat, -1.6415 long

Walk along the path then cross the dual carriageway into a side road (Park Lane), signposted to Berkswell. Just after a bungalow on the right, take a kissing gate on the left and follow the path (with a small wood on your right then along the left edge of a field). When you reach the end of the field, near to a lake to the far left, we leave The Millennium Way and take the wooden kissing gate directly ahead. After a short distance, cross a footbridge to join a boardwalk when you will see Berkswell Hall on your far left.

At the end of the boardwalk, go through two kissing gates, then a further gate, to enter the churchyard. Go past St John Baptist Church (which has an interesting crypt and is worth a visit). Beyond the church, turn right just after the school, going 40 paces to the road. Cross the road and find a public footpath between houses.

Berkswell Village to Lavender Hall Lane
Berkswell Village to Lavender Hall Lane

Start point: 52.4093 lat, -1.6415 long
End point: 52.4011 lat, -1.6489 long

Go along the footpath, between fences, to take the wooden kissing gate into a field and stay ahead (with the hedge on your right). Take the kissing gate into the next field and then another kissing gate into the following field. Continue with the hedge on your right to take a further kissing gate right, then continue with the hedge now on your left. At the corner follow the field edge around to the right, then take a kissing gate to continue up the field (with trees and a fence on your left) towards farm buildings (within which is Ram Hall – pictured).

At the top, take the kissing gate and go left, through a second kissing gate to pass to the left of the farm buildings (a permissive route). Take the stile right onto the farm track and turn left along it. At the end of the farm track you will reach a junction with the lane. Go right, continue round a left-hand bend and, after a further 100 yards, take a footpath right over a stile into a field.

Stay with the hedge on your left to take a footbridge, then cross diagonally right to reach the hedge opposite. Turn right when you reach the hedge then continue along the field edge keeping the hedge on your left. Take the corner stile and stay ahead on a narrow grassy path between hedges to pass in front of buildings on your left. Exit the building area by a right corner gap to reach steps which lead you to the road, Lavender Hall Lane.

Lavender Hall Lane to End
Lavender Hall Lane to End

Start point: 52.4011 lat, -1.6489 long
End point: 52.3913 lat, -1.6725 long

Go left along the road (watching for traffic), cross the railway bridge then cross ahead over the roundabout to take a waymarked footpath through a metal gate on the right. Go up some steps into the sports field, through a kissing gate, and follow in the direction of the yellow waymarker on the gate (keeping around the right edge of the field) to the far side, towards a tall green mobile phone mast. On reaching the far side of the field, walk left to find an ill-defined narrow footpath on the right (through some undergrowth). Take this narrow footpath, keeping the coppice on the left, then go through two gates to reach the main road.

Go left along the main road to reach the petrol station. At this point, cross over the main road into the driveway of the Premier Inn and, after some 10 paces, take a waymarked footpath left. Continue along the narrow grassy path between houses to reach another road. Turn right and walk for 150 yards then take a kissing gate left. Stay ahead across the centre of the field to take a footbridge and kissing gate into the next field. Go diagonally right across the field to reach the tall hedge and trees and then go left, keeping the hedge on your right.

Follow the hedge to the field corner then go left (keeping the hedge on your right), and take the stile to the right of a lone tree. Go right through a gap into a field to continue along the right edge of the field (keeping the hedge on your right). Take the corner stile into the next field and go over the footbridge and stile just ahead. Stay gently up the field (with a wire fence on your right) to take the corner kissing gate. Proceed up the field (with the hedge and fence on your right) keeping ahead towards houses. Take a kissing gate to the main road and cross over to arrive back at Ye Old Saracens Head where the walk began.

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2 comments for "Millennium Way: Balsall Common and Berkswell"

Very very muddy. Good summer walk.

By PWARNER on 21 Apr 2018

This little treasure of a walk is perfect for an afternoon amble after a bite to eat at Ye Old Saracens head. The pub has a large car park so plenty of room even on a weekend.
You may find as I did the dual carriageway part of the walk a little hair raising as there is no designated place for walkers to cross and cars, lorries and bikes are thundering along at 50+. You may wish to wait until you are directly opposite the side road and time your crossing well. Luckily you only have to focus crossing each section of carriageway with traffic coming at you from one way. So this makes things easier. Other than this it's a lovely countryside walk with plenty of peace to enjoy. Route instructions were easy to follow and all spot on. Will definitely consider this one again.

By Hannah2017 on 04 Oct 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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