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|Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 28 Mar 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile circular walk from Stockton in Warwickshire. An attractive walk encompassing some delightful canal towpaths, mostly flat through countryside and woodland near to the lovely villages of Long Itchington and Stockton. Refreshments are available at three canal side inns, The Blue Lias Inn, The Two Boats Inn, and The Boat Inn. The walk incorporates sections of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers.
The walk is relatively flat with just a few gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate one stile (which should be ok for most dogs) plus several kissing gates, steps and bridges. The route is mainly through arable land and on enclosed tracks, but you will cross a couple of paddocks and fields which may be holding horses or other livestock. There is one section of road walking that needs care. 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.
Stockton is located about 3 miles north east of Southam in Warwickshire. The walk starts and finishes outside The Blue Lias Inn, situated by the canal on Stockton Road, between the villages of Long Itchington and Stockton. Approximate post code CV47 8LD. The pub has its own car park if you are taking refreshments. Otherwise you could adjust the walk to start in Stockton village, where roadside parking is available.
|Start to Southam Road|
Start point: 52.2784 lat, -1.376 long
Our walk starts from The Blue Lias Inn. Emerging from the pub car park, turn left along the road, cross the bridge over the canal and, after a few steps, you will reach a wooden gate on your left (where you will see the first distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker). Take this gate to join the canal towpath and go ahead with the canal on your left. Stay on the towpath passing under Bridge 24, then pass the canal-side Two Boats Inn and go under the A423 Banbury to Coventry road (Bridge 25). Immediately after passing under the bridge, look out for a small brick built cubicle next to the towpath.
|Southam Road to Stockton Locks|
Start point: 52.2829 lat, -1.3914 long
Turn right along the main road and, after a few yards, cross over using the pedestrian crossing. Continue up the road to the road junction where we bear left into Stockton Road. Ignore Collingham Lane on the left and continue up Stockton Road, passing a wooden bench on your left. Stay ahead over Wulfstan Drive and soon we begin to leave the village of Long Itchington and head into the countryside. Continue past the Primary School on a wide grassy verge then keep ahead on Stockton Road, walking along the narrow right-hand verge (keeping aware of any traffic). When you reach the deep lay by on your right after approximately 0.3 miles, it will be safer at this point to cross over to the other side of the road before reaching the sharp right-hand bend.
|Stockton Locks to Stockton Village|
Start point: 52.2801 lat, -1.3703 long
Continue on past Top Lock Cottage. Pass Stockton Top Marina on your right and then The Boat Inn also on the opposite side of the canal. Pass under Bridge 21. After approximately half a mile you will reach Bridge 20. Go under the bridge then almost immediately exit the towpath left to find the road. Go left on the road to cross over a canal bridge and pass Station Farm on your right, walking gently up the road and crossing another bridge over a disused railway line. After this bridge, we descend gently along the road to reach a T-junction.
|Stockton Village to End|
Start point: 52.2709 lat, -1.3615 long
If you wish to take a quick detour to visit the village church (pictured), stay on this road. Otherwise, at the next junction turn right into Mount Pleasant, walking gently uphill. (Here you have re-joined the Millennium Way). Ignore all side roads and continue uphill to arrive at a grassy passageway, with houses on the left, leading through a spinney to a field. On entering the field, go left (with a hedge on your left) to take a stile onto the main 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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