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Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal

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Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 10 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Southam
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Napton and the Oxford Canal Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Napton on the Hill in Warwickshire. The route enjoys a long stretch of the Oxford Canal as well as countryside and farmland with wonderful views of the famous Napton Windmill. For more than half of the walk, you will enjoy a delightful stretch of The Millennium Way, waymarked with distinctive black waymarkers.

The route is relatively flat with a few gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate one stile plus several kissing gates and bridges. 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.

Napton on the Hill is located 3 miles east of Southam in Warwickshire. The walk starts and finishes outside The Folly Inn, situated at the end of Folly Lane, just by the Oxford Canal, and accessed by heading west out of the village. Approximate post code CV47 8NZ.

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Walk Sections

Start to A425
Start to A425

Start point: 52.243 lat, -1.3316 long
End point: 52.2536 lat, -1.3323 long

Exit The Folly Inn car park and, before the bridge, bear slightly right to join the canal towpath. (You are now joining the Millennium Way). Go immediately left under the bridge (No 113) and continue along the towpath with the canal on your right, skirting around Napton Hill until you arrive at Bridge 111. Pass under the A425 main road, then take the gap immediately left (by the side of the now closed Bridge Inn) to reach the main road.

A425 to Napton Mill
A425 to Napton Mill

Start point: 52.2536 lat, -1.3323 long
End point: 52.2481 lat, -1.3268 long

Turn left onto the main road (you are now leaving the Millennium Way until later in the walk) to proceed over the canal bridge then take the first lane on the right. After approximately 30 yards, take the metal kissing gate (immediately ahead, but slightly to your left). Go up the field keeping the hedge on your right to take another gate in the field corner, then continuing on a rising path. Take the next kissing gate, walk diagonally left up the field (passing to left of a telegraph pole) and pass through a second gate to cross a small field. Exit via a gate to reach a lane, Hollow Way.

To your right you will have a good view of Napton Windmill, which can be traced back to 1543 but is now a private residence and not open to the public.

Napton Mill to Chapel Green
Napton Mill to Chapel Green

Start point: 52.2481 lat, -1.3268 long
End point: 52.238 lat, -1.3227 long

Having arrived at the lane, Hollow Way, turn left and immediately you will come to a fork. If you wish to visit St Lawrence Church (pictured), take the left fork. However, to continue the walk, take the right fork to go slightly downhill. After some 300 yards take the fork left, passing some dwellings on your right to reach a junction. Continue left at this junction to pass High View and Hill Rise cottages on your right. Turn downhill into Chapel Lane and, after approximately 50 paces, bear right at the concrete bollard to go downhill with a wooden fence and cottage on your left. Continue past an attractive thatched cottage - The Old Bakery - on your right, to reach the road.

Continue gently downhill through the village turning left at the bottom into Dog Lane. Go past St Lawrence School, then past St Lawrence Close, soon to arrive at a waymarked bridleway on your right, next to a red brick house. Proceed down the bridleway, ignoring the first stile on your left (by a metal gate). Continue gently uphill to take the metal gate ahead of you into a field.

Keep ahead with a hedge on your right and go through a metal gate. Continue on to reach a second metal gate - do not take this gate – instead, stay in the same field, turning left and keeping the hedge on your right for approximately 80 yards. At this point, take the wide gap on your right into another field. Stay ahead with the hedge on your right for approximately 150 yards to the field corner, eventually to cross a small concrete bridge and pass through a metal gate. Continue ahead with the hedge on your right, taking a further metal gate to turn right onto the Millennium Way.

Keeping a wire fence and hedge on your right, you will notice a farm appearing a few hundred yards to the far left. When you draw level with the farm you will be at a gate in the field corner, which leads to a minor road. Here you will notice the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker. Take the gate and follow the waymarker, going right up the road to pass a small dwelling with 1890 inlaid in the wall. After some 500 yards you will come to a road junction with Chapel Green Road.

Chapel Green to End
Chapel Green to End

Start point: 52.238 lat, -1.3227 long
End point: 52.2431 lat, -1.3317 long

Go ahead, signposted Napton and Stockton. Eventually, pass four small terraced cottages on your left (The Fens) and immediately take a driveway on the left. Proceed up the driveway, going right behind a garage with a hedge on your right, to reach a stile. Take the stile and follow the direction of the waymarker across the field to come to a rather makeshift bridge in the dip. Cross the bridge and go diagonally left up the field to exit by a far left corner gate onto the road (adjacent to a large oak tree.)

Go right on the road, over the canal bridge, then immediately left down to reach the Oxford Canal towpath. Go immediately left under the bridge (No 115), continuing with the canal on your right. Looking ahead you will have a fine view of Napton- on-the-Hill with its high set windmill. This canal was designed by James Brindley and eventually links up with the Grand Union canal further north). Follow the towpath down a flight of locks to eventually arrive back at The Folly Inn on your left where the walk began.

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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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