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Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular

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Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 28 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Southam
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Lias and Stockton Locks Circular Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Southam Road
Start to Southam Road

Start point: 52.2784 lat, -1.376 long
End point: 52.2829 lat, -1.3914 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.

Turn right off the towpath at this point, and immediately turn left past the cubicle to take a kissing gate into a paddock. Cross the paddock and take two further kissing gates on either side of a farm track. Go ahead over a field to exit by a kissing gate, then continue ahead over the next field (towards a modern white house in the distance, with a distinctive rear projection) to find a kissing gate. At this point we leave the Millennium Way and will rejoin it later.

Take the kissing gate and turn sharp right down a surfaced drive. Continue past houses to the corner and follow the yellow waymarker through a metal gate. Stay right (near the hedge) to cross the bottom of the garden of a house, maintaining the same line through a short area of woodland. Continue through the corner gap along a short path to exit by the metal kissing gate to a cul-de-sac. Bear left to reach Shepherd Close and left again to reach Southam Road.

Southam Road to Stockton Locks
Southam Road to Stockton Locks

Start point: 52.2829 lat, -1.3914 long
End point: 52.2801 lat, -1.3703 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.

At the bend, we leave the road to continue left down a waymarked gravel bridleway. Where the gravel drive swings left towards a farmhouse, continue straight on down a wide grassy bridleway between trees and hedges. At the end of the track, exit by a gap next to a large wooden gate and bear left to reach the canal towpath. Continue along the towpath with the canal on your right, passing the flight of locks.

Stockton Locks to Stockton Village
Stockton Locks to Stockton Village

Start point: 52.2801 lat, -1.3703 long
End point: 52.2709 lat, -1.3615 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.

Turn right at the T-junction (signed Stockton 0.75 miles) then almost immediately take the lane right to pass in front of the Countrywide Store. Pass a number of small business workshops on your left and stay ahead along the gravel track to go through a waymarked metal gate ahead. Stay along the narrow track with a tall metal fence on your left. Continue along, keeping the metal fence on your left, to eventually reach a concrete track.

Go left here on the track (keeping a hedge on your left) and after 75 paces or so, take a waymarked footpath left (through a hedge gap by a large tree). Follow the well-defined path with a hedge and trees on your right, in the direction of Stockton. Continue with the hedge on your right to emerge to the right of garages and continue forward, past a brick garden wall to the road. Bear slightly right into Elm Row and continue along to reach the main road. Cross directly over into the High Street and, at the junction, stay left down the road passing the Crown Inn on your left.

Stockton Village to End
Stockton Village to End

Start point: 52.2709 lat, -1.3615 long
End point: 52.2786 lat, -1.3761 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.

Cross the main A426 road with care and take the gap and then go down the steps to continue with a hedge on your left. Go through a corner gap and along a short passageway (continuing with the hedge on your left) along a narrow track at the field edge, with a fence on your right. Follow the corridor over two wooden bridges then along a woodland path (staying close to a wire fence on your right). At the end of the wire fence you will come to a waymarker post, showing that this route is shared with the Blue Lias Ring Walks.

Stay forward along the grassy path through the spinney, shortly to arrive at another waymarker post by a large gap. Take the gap, following the direction of the black Millennium Way waymarker, then go left with a hedge on your left. After some 70 paces take an unwaymarked gap left into the woods, to find a stile with waymark. Go around the stile and keep ahead through the woods. Cross a track and exit via a metal kissing gate to a lake. Go right, keeping the lake on your left, and take the gap which leads back to your starting point at The Blue Lias Inn.

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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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