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Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit

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Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 07 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Leamington Spa
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk around the spa town of Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. The route enjoys tranquil stretches along the Grand Union Canal, the River Leam and through several of the beautiful town parks. For the first part of the walk, you will enjoy a short section of The Millennium Way where it passes through Leamington Spa.

The route is relatively flat. There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate some footbridges, gates and flights of steps. Although the route can be completed in about 2 hours, it is better to take at least a half day, so that you can explore some of the historical sites along the way, linger in the attractive parks and enjoy the tranquillity of the Grand Union Canal and River Leam.

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.

Royal Leamington Spa is located about 3 miles east of Warwick in Warwickshire. The walk starts and finishes from the car park on Newbold Terrace East, adjacent to the Newbold Comyn Arms and opposite the Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre. Approximate post code CV32 4EW. If you are coming by train, the route passes close to Leamington rail station (about half way round), so you can easily adjust the walk to start and finish from the station.

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Walk Sections

Start to Royal Pump Rooms
Start to Royal Pump Rooms

Start point: 52.2903 lat, -1.5175 long
End point: 52.2871 lat, -1.5339 long

Exit from the car park adjacent to the Newbold Comyn Arms and turn right in the direction of Leamington, to go past the Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre on your left. Walk on the wide tarmac footpath on the left side of the road, enjoying the trees on your left. Watch for Newbold Terrace East, then after a few paces the trees end on your left. Go diagonally left across a grassy strip to walk with some shrubs and trees on your left.

At the corner, enter the tree line and follow the path left down to the corner gap to find Willes Road. Cross the road, go right for a few yards then turn left into the entrance for Jephson Gardens. Jephson Gardens are named after Dr Henry Jephson who promoted the healing properties of the spa thus ensuring Leamington’s growth. In the park is a Corinthian styled temple inside of which is a statue of the good doctor. If time allows, take time to visit the sub-tropical glasshouse in Jephson Gardens known as the Temperate House which seeks to represent plant evolution from approximately 500 million years ago.

Continue through Jephson Gardens on the path directly ahead. You will pass the Aviary Cafe and Garden Glasshouse (Free entry) before exiting at the far end opposite The Royal Pump Rooms.

Royal Pump Rooms to Canal Towpath
Royal Pump Rooms to Canal Towpath

Start point: 52.2871 lat, -1.5339 long
End point: 52.2834 lat, -1.5345 long

The Pump Rooms at the far end of Jephson Gardens were built in 1814 and were state of the art with the world’s first gravity fed hot water system. This innovation soon gained the town its Spa status and the young Princess Victoria visited in 1830 and must have been impressed as, on coming to the throne in 1837, she granted the Royal prefix in 1838.

Go left on the road to pass over the bridge and take the first road on the right (Spencer Street) opposite All Saints Parish Church. Go left on Lower Avenue, pass under the railway bridge to reach a junction of roads then go ahead along the right-hand side of Tachbrook Road. After some 50 yards, before the bridge, turn right to take the entry to the towpath. Go down onto the towpath and turn right (do not go under Bridge 41).

Canal Towpath to Railway Bridge
Canal Towpath to Railway Bridge

Start point: 52.2834 lat, -1.5345 long
End point: 52.2842 lat, -1.5322 long

Go along the towpath of this pleasant section of the Grand Union Canal. After approximately 0.5 miles, go under Bridge 42 then turn immediately right to meet the main road (Old Warwick Road). Here you leave The Millennium Way.

Walk right along the road for a little way to safely cross via the pedestrian crossing then head back left towards the roundabout and follow the pavement right down Princes Drive. Stay on the wide pavement down Princes Drive, passing under the railway bridge to reach the viaduct spanning the roundabout. Go under the right-hand arch viaduct and cross safely over Park Drive via the pedestrian crossing. Enter Victoria Park immediately ahead then take the left-hand path towards the play area. Just before reaching the play area, cross the grassy area left to reach the riverside path.

Stay with the River Leam on your left and pass the play area and then the riverside cafe. Shortly, you will reach a waymark post (by the Bowling Green) at which point the path forks. Take the left-hand fork to go under the road bridge. Walk through the short tunnel and continue on the path to a flight of steps. Go down the steps and turn immediately left across a bridge then right to continue along the path with the river on your right. Follow the path round, with the rear of the Royal Pump Rooms on your right, to reach the main road. Turn right.

Just before the bridge, the stone drinking fountain offers an opportunity to try Leamington’s famous spa water (beware – it tastes of sulphur!). Go ahead over the bridge and past All Saints Parish Church on the other side of the road. Stay ahead, passing the Jug and Jester pub on your left, and continue ahead over the traffic lights then under the railway bridge into Clemens Street.

Railway Bridge to End
Railway Bridge to End

Start point: 52.2842 lat, -1.5322 long
End point: 52.2906 lat, -1.5175 long

Keep ahead to reach the bridge over the canal and, just before this bridge, take the narrow gap left (by the railings) and drop down onto the towpath of the Grand Union Canal. Go left to walk with the canal on your right.

Stay on the towpath for just under a mile. Approximately 0.25 miles past Bridge 37, keep a lookout for an exit on the left. Take this exit, down the steps to reach the main road. Turn left along the main road and swap to the opposite pavement, continuing along with a hedge on your right. After approximately 200 yards, take the path right (signed Riverside Walk) to walk through a small parking area. Stay ahead to cross a wooden footbridge over the River Leam to enter Leam Valley Local Nature Reserve. Immediately after the bridge, go left just in front of the information board and follow the track keeping the river on your left.

Where the track forks, stay left, take the metal kissing gate then cross a small bridge. Here you leave the river as it bends left and walk uphill to enter a children's play area. Continue through the play area to the access road and turn left. Shortly you will arrive back at your starting point near the Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre.

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1 comments for "Millennium Way: Leamington Spa Circuit"

A bit too urban and busy

By Dawn on 02 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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