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Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall

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Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 20 Jun 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Redditch
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall Walking Guide
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A 7 mile circular walk near Coughton Court, a well-known National Trust property in Warwickshire. You will have good views of Coughton Court, an Elizabethan manor house with links to the Gunpowder Plot. The walk will give you a flavour of The Millennium Way taking you across mostly flat countryside, clearly marked with the distinctive black Millennium Way circular waymarkers.

The route is relatively flat, with only gentle inclines. You will need to negotiate some steps, bridges and kissing gates, but there are no stiles on route. Whilst most of the paths are enclosed or through woodland and arable fields, you will need to cross a few pastures that may be holding livestock. At one point, the route follows a public right of way that passes through the garden of a private house. There are a few short sections along roads that need care. 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.

Coughton village is located about 2 miles north of Alcester in Warwickshire. The walk starts and finishes at the Throckmorton Arms, on the main A435 Birmingham Road. Approximate post code B49 5HX. The pub has its own car park if you are having refreshments before or after your walk, otherwise you will need to use the parking for nearby Coughton Court or on Coughton Lane.

Walk Sections

Start to Spernal Lane
Start to Spernal Lane

Start point: 52.2458 lat, -1.8852 long
End point: 52.2442 lat, -1.847 long

Turn right out of the Throckmorton Arms car park and walk down the main road pavement for approximately quarter of a mile, passing a footpath on left and the entrance to Coughton Court. Continue further down the main road, enjoying fine views of Coughton Court on your left, to reach the crossroads (just a few yards past the pedestrian crossing). Turn left down Coughton Fields Lane to pass the coach entrance to Coughton Court and Throckmorton Catholic Church on your left.

Coughton Court has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. They were a Catholic family who refused to give up their faith and suffered as a consequence, with fines and imprisonment. The house holds a unique place in English history with its close connections to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a plot designed to blow up Parliament and kill the King. Although the house is now in the hands of the National Trust, the family still live in the house and the gardens (which were designed and created by the present Throckmorton generation) are still maintained by them.

Continue along the lane to cross the ford via a footbridge. Once across the footbridge, cross over the lane and take the wide track (there is a sign ‘farm access no parking’) on the left. You are now on The Arden Way. Continue ahead on this wide track for just over a mile. The track rises gently towards an old barn on your left. Ignore the side track to the barn, instead stay ahead on the main track with a hedge on your right to continue gently uphill. Keep ahead along the track until you reach the road, Spernal Lane.

Spernal Lane to Burford Lane
Spernal Lane to Burford Lane

Start point: 52.2442 lat, -1.847 long
End point: 52.258 lat, -1.8367 long

Turn right at the road and, after 40 paces, turn left down the side lane signposted Shelfield Green. Continue along the lane for just over quarter of a mile and, at a sharp right-hand bend, take the footpath left through a metal gate, signed as a bridleway and the Heart of England Way. The track rises gently to pass the southern tip of Alne Wood on your left. Near the top of the track, ignore a footpath left and keep ahead to pass in front of a house named Mutton Barn.

Go through the gated gap immediately ahead, keeping close to a hedge on your right, and pass under power lines. Bear slightly right through a gated gap to enter a woodland path, then follow the Heart of England Way to continue along a woodland track. Emerging from the woodland, stay ahead on a path with a woodland on your left. Soon you will reach a solitary waymarker post. Go 20 paces past the post, then take a metal kissing gate left signed as the Arden Way and Heart of England Way. Entering the large field, go diagonally left towards the top left-hand corner near dwellings and exit via a metal kissing gate to a lane, Burford Lane. Here we leave the Heart of England Way and go left down the lane.

Burford Lane to Millennium Way

Start point: 52.258 lat, -1.8367 long
End point: 52.2663 lat, -1.8612 long

Continue past a small thatched cottage on your right to eventually walk downhill. After 200 yards, take a hidden footpath right, up some steps and through a gap. Turn left to walk with a hedge on your left, parallel with the road, to reach the field corner. NOTE: There may be an electric fence here. Ignore the gate to the road on your left in the field corner, instead stay in same field, turn right and go with the hedge on your left to find and take a waymarked path left through a metal kissing gate.

Go ahead towards the wood. Go through a metal kissing gate ahead and over a small footbridge, maintaining a line ahead on a central path towards the edge of the wood, to find a track. Follow the track round to the right, keeping the wood on your right, and continue along the track to reach a gap (where a gate has been removed). Go through the gap then head diagonally left across the field, keeping to the edge of the young plantation.

As you get closer to the hedge, stay along with the hedge on your left to take a hidden footbridge and metal gate in the left-hand field corner. Continue ahead with a wood on your left and, on reaching the road, cross over taking the footpath directly ahead to cross a small stone footbridge over stream. Go left to continue under power lines, keeping a hedge on your left. Continue to the far-left corner to find a metal gate. Here we join the Millennium Way and you will be guided from here by the distinctive black Millennium Way markers.

Millennium Way to Spernall Church
Millennium Way to Spernall Church

Start point: 52.2663 lat, -1.8612 long
End point: 52.2576 lat, -1.8745 long

Go left through the gate and, following the Millennium Way waymarker, keep the hedge on your left continuing around the edge of the field then under power lines to exit by a wooden gate. Go ahead into the garden of a house and stay ahead (with a hedge on your left and a pond on your right) to exit the garden by a gate (just to the left of the main entrance gate). Emerge from this gate at a junction of several tracks. With your back to the gate, go ahead veering slightly right to go up the steepest of the grassy tracks (keeping a tall hedge with oak trees on your right and a young plantation left).

Continue up with the hedge on your right (ignoring two wide gaps right) to a narrow corner gap at the top of the field. Take this gap and go forward, gently uphill, for 40 paces where you will see twin electricity poles in the mid field ahead. Continue to the summit, passing just to the right of these twin poles, and stay forward to take a gate in the corner near to two large trees. Go ahead with a wire fence on your right to walk gently downhill and take a metal gate ahead.

Continue downhill, with a hedge on your right, to take another metal gate then follow down between a wooden fence and hedge, passing to the rear of cottages to reach a corner metal gate. Take the gate then go forward a few yards to take the next metal kissing gate and turn right down the road. Follow the road to take the first surfaced lane on your left. Pass a house on your right to reach the former Church of St. Leonard's in Spernall, also on your right. For almost thirty years the church has been used by the highly talented artist, Nicholas Jones, as his studio.

Spernall Church to End
Spernall Church to End

Start point: 52.2576 lat, -1.8745 long
End point: 52.2463 lat, -1.8854 long

Pass the church on your right and, immediately after the church gate, go through a wooden kissing gate. Go ahead with a fence on your right, eventually reaching a metal gate giving access to a metal footbridge over the River Arrow.

Cross this bridge and continue ahead, close to the riverbank on your left, following the path as it leads you into the narrowing end of the field. Take a kissing gate ahead. Go diagonally right across the next field to the corner, where there are a number of hedgerow oaks, to find a gate. Take the gate and turn immediately right (with a hedge on your right and a fence on your left). Go to the field corner, stay in the field but turn left in front of the gate and continue with the hedge on your right, walking towards Coughton Court ahead.

On reaching the next corner, take the kissing gate and turn right into the next field. Walk along a short distance with a metal rail fence on your right to take another kissing gate then go diagonally left across the field (towards the cottages on the far side). Exit by a kissing gate to emerge onto the main road where we leave the Millennium Way. Turn right at the road to bring you back to your start point at the Throckmorton Arms for some welcome refreshment.

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1 comments for "Millennium Way: Coughton and Spernall "

Can be very muddy after wet weather

By kac209 on 26 Dec 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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