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Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot

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Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 10 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Henley in Arden
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot Walking Guide
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A 5.5 mile circular walk from the small town of Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire. This delightful walk starts and finishes from the 15th century church of St John the Baptist in Henley-in-Arden. It explores the beautiful surrounding countryside and visits interesting sites including, an old motte and bailey castle, old timber-framed farms, old manor houses and the 12th century church in Preston Bagot. The walk incorporates a section of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers.

The walk has several gentle gradients throughout, plus a couple of steeper sections. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, some bridges plus 23 stiles (some of which are enclosed so dogs will need a lift over). The route crosses fields and woodland and the paths can get muddy at times. You may come across livestock in some of the fields. Allow 3 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.

Henley-in-Arden is located about 9 miles west of the county town of Warwick. If you are coming by train, the rail station is very close to the start point. The walk starts from the church of St John the Baptist, situated on the corner of the High Street and Beaudesert Lane in Henley-in-Arden. If you are coming by car, it is usually possible to park for up to 4 hours at the top of Beaudesert Lane, but please check the restrictions. Approximate post code B95 5BA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Buckley Green Farm
Start to Buckley Green Farm

Start point: 52.2919 lat, -1.7776 long
End point: 52.3036 lat, -1.7684 long

From the Church of St John the Baptist, go up adjacent Beaudesert Lane. Go over the bridge and past the Norman church of St Nicholas on your left to find a kissing gate giving access to a footpath. This path leads you up the hill, to what is known as The Mount. You will not find any obvious ruins, but this is the site of the motte and bailey castle built by Thurstan de Montfort, Lord of The Manor in the 1100s. As you ascend, you have a fine view over the town and surrounding countryside.

From the top of The Mount, descend some fairly steep steps then continue (initially downhill, then uphill) on the highest path, eventually reaching a welcome wooden bench and passing beneath small overhead powerlines. Ignore a stile on your right and continue ahead, following the Millennium Way waymarker. Here, we continue along the ridge with a hedge on your right and glorious panoramic views to your left. Continue ahead on a narrow path, then take the waymarked stile on your right and go diagonally left to a stile at the field edge.

Cross the stile, turning left into a small wooded area. At a junction of paths, go ahead remaining in the wooded area - the path weaves through to exit by a stile to the left. Go slightly left, keeping the hedge on your left, to come to a ridge with fine views. Go diagonally downhill to find a stile between two corner metal gates at the corner of the field. Take the stile and go left across the field centre, to find a stile adjacent to a gate. This leads you to a path alongside a gate entrance and then parallel to the lane to find a fence gap. Take the gap and turn right along the lane for about 0.25 miles, passing Buckley Green Farm on your right.

Buckley Green Farm to Malthouse Farm
Buckley Green Farm to Malthouse Farm

Start point: 52.3036 lat, -1.7684 long
End point: 52.3005 lat, -1.7468 long

At the T-junction, turn right and after 15 paces, take a kissing gate on the right. Continue up the field, keeping a wooden fence on your right, to reach a corner field kissing gate. Take the wooden kissing gate and go straight up the steep hill to take another corner kissing gate. Following the Millennium Way waymarker, go through the copse and exit by a stile to a field. Continue ahead straight across the field to find a corner kissing gate. Take the gate then continue ahead, with a hedge on your right, to follow around the field edge and take a metal kissing gate right.

Go left to take the next gate (just ahead) and turn right across the field corner to reach the tree line. Turn left, walking with the trees on your right. Watch for a farm building on your right and come to a driveway. Go right for 10 paces along the driveway and then turn immediately left (gently uphill) along a grassy path signed as the Millennium Way. After some 150 paces (by double power posts), veer slightly left to find the field edge. Go up the field edge, keeping to the left of a metal barn to pass under power cables. At the top right field corner (by the copse), go right to find a hedge gap leading to Ireland´s Farm driveway. Turn right down this farm driveway, towards Ireland´s Farm. At this point you are leaving the Millennium Way.

Continue down the farm track to go under the power lines, eventually coming to Ireland´s Farm. Just before the farm gate, turn left to descend down a grassy track. Continue ahead through a metal gate, cross the field then pass over a stream and a stile. Bear slightly right of the telegraph wires up the field, then cross a stile and turn right onto a farm driveway. Proceed over the dismantled railway line, ignoring a footpath on the left. Continue along the driveway in a southerly direction until you reach the road. Turn right at the road, crossing the bridge and continue along the lane for approximately 300 yards to reach Malt House Farm on the left.

Malthouse Farm to Preston Bagot Church
Malthouse Farm to Preston Bagot Church

Start point: 52.3005 lat, -1.7468 long
End point: 52.2924 lat, -1.7458 long

Immediately after Malt House Farm, take the signed footpath left through a large wooden gate. Continue ahead through a smaller wooden gate and proceed gently uphill with a hedge on your left. Go over the corner stile then walk diagonally right across the field, continuing with a hedge and trees on your right towards the corner of the field. Take the stile, then cross over a further stile right. Continue ahead on a grassy path, with a hedge on your right and a paddock on your left.

Go through a metal kissing gate and turn immediately left. Take the next kissing gate into a field, continuing ahead with a hedge on your left. Keep ahead through a further gate and proceed towards Preston Bagot church, an ideal spot for a short break and some refreshment.

All Saints Preston Bagot has one of the best panoramas of any church in Warwickshire. Dating from the 12th century, it fell into ruin when the church at Beaudesert took over the parish. In 1878, the architect J. Chatwin decided to save it and it was almost entirely rebuilt and enlarged. Chatwin employed the then fashionable Pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones to create the stained-glass windows. The distinctive bell-turret was added in 1879 to hold the bells which had formerly hung in a yew tree at the west end of the church.

Preston Bagot Church to End
Preston Bagot Church to End

Start point: 52.2924 lat, -1.7458 long
End point: 52.2921 lat, -1.7775 long

With your back to the church entrance door, go forward to exit the churchyard by the gate. Turn immediately right and walk along to take the wooden kissing gate nestling under a large oak tree. Descend the narrow track down to the road and cross into the field opposite via a metal gate. Continue through the next two metal kissing gates and go up the field, keeping a hedge on your right. Take the next kissing gate and go directly across the centre of field to exit by a further kissing gate (20 yards in from field corner). Ignore the kissing gate immediately to your right, instead continue ahead with the hedge on your right for 100 yards, where you will find a corner kissing gate. Take this to exit into a small wood of young trees.

Continue ahead with a hedge on your right and exit via a corner wooden stile. Keep ahead, with a hedge on your right, and exit the field by a wooden stile. Cross the next field via a stile, turning right to walk through a small copse and exiting by a wooden stile. Continue ahead, with a hedge to your right, going through a metal gate followed by two further stiles. Continue with the hedge on your right then exit via a stile to emerge onto a lane.

Turn right onto the lane and, after 15 paces, turn left across a stile. Continue ahead (with a hedge on your right), taking the stile right in the corner of the field, then turning immediately left over a further stile. Descend the steps through a wood. Emerging from the wood, enter a school playing area and take the small metal gate onto a tarmac track down to the road. Go across the road and along a path, following a metal fence on your left by the side of a school play area. At the corner, go across a wooden plank bridge then through a kissing gate. Go left along the path (keeping a hedge on your left) to eventually reach a metal gate on your left. Take this gate into Beaudesert Lane to arrive back at Henley-in-Arden where the walk began. It is well worth exploring the town if you have the time. Henley’s mile-long High Street is a conservation area with several interesting buildings.

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3 comments for "Millennium Way: Henley-in-Arden and Preston Bagot"

A lovely walk BUT the directions in the Malthouse Farm to Church section need to be amended: either the path layout has been changed at stile crossings where there is meant to be a paddock on the left or the directions are unclear - one or the other. Apart from that, the directions were great and you can follow easily without a map. The church at Preston Bagot is truly beautiful especially on a hot June afternoon.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk. We will pass on your notes about the directions needing updating to the Millennium Way team that update these walks when needed. In the meantime, remember the best navigation tool is to use the iFootpath App's live GPS map to follow your live location relative to the route map.

By richardwoff1 on 02 Jul 2018

A really beautiful walk around the Warwickshire countryside. Rather a lot of stiles to manoeuvre and plenty of sheep in the fields. Really very enjoyable. Take some refreshment along as it's a good 3/3.5 hour walk with some really beautiful stops along the way. I will definitely do this one again x

By Hannah2017 on 19 Sep 2017

Stiles got a bit tiring towards the end, but a pleasant saunter through up and down countryside. Three hours possibly optimistic.

By NickC on 04 Aug 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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