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Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop

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Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 22 Jun 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Kenilworth
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop Walking Guide
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A 6.5 mile circular walk from Kenilworth in Warwickshire. This gentle walk starts at the historic Kenilworth Castle and continues across flat farmland and open countryside, with many attractive views. For part of the walk you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive black waymarkers.

The walk is relatively flat, with just some gentle gradients. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate several kissing gates, steps and footbridges. You are likely to come across farm livestock (including alpacas) 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.

Kenilworth is located about 5 miles north of Warwick. The walk starts from the free car park by Kenilworth Castle (almost opposite the Queen and Castle pub). Approximate post code CV8 1ND. If this is full, you can also park at the pay and display Castle car park which is located just off Castle Road (the B4103) behind Kenilworth Castle, and start your walk from the end of the service road mentioned in the directions.

Walk Sections

Start to Main Road
Start to Main Road

Start point: 52.3488 lat, -1.5911 long
End point: 52.3333 lat, -1.6148 long

From the lower end of the free car park, take the wooden kissing gate and walk around the perimeter path of the castle. The castle ruins are a magnificent sight, especially in the evening when the setting sun highlights the red sandstone. Queen Elizabeth I visited Kenilworth in 1575 as a guest of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. She stayed for 19 days, the longest stay she ever made to one of her subjects, but then Dudley was VERY keen to marry her and spent the equivalent of £4.5 million on entertaining her, with pageants, fireworks, bear baiting, mystery plays, hunting and lavish banquets. Today the castle is managed by English Heritage.

Climb a few steps to reach the Castle Entrance approach, then go left to pass the Castle ticket office. Go over the bridge then, at the service road, go right to pass the Pay and Display car park on your left. Stay on service road, ignoring the first footpath lower right, and after some 50 paces you will reach a solitary waypost and see the first distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker.

Here, turn left and go up the track through a short stretch of woodland to reach a wide gap with a gate right. Take the gap and immediately go diagonally right to take a gate leading onto a grassy passage (signposted Rouncil Lane 1.25 miles). After approx 150 yards, you reach a solitary waypost on the right. Here we leave The Millennium Way for the time being, so continue straight ahead keeping the hedge on your right.

Continue along to take a metal gate and exit the next field by a metal kissing gate. Keep to the right-hand path and stay with the hedge on your right, then go through a gap in the field corner and go ahead (now keeping a hedge on your left). Just before the end of the field, go left through a metal gate and continue with a hedge on your left. On reaching the hedge corner, stay ahead across the centre of the field to take a wide gap in the distance. Stay forward across the field towards a white house, partially obscured by trees, to find and take a kissing gate to a farm track. Turn right and continue under power lines to reach the main road.

Main Road to Rouncil Lane
Main Road to Rouncil Lane

Start point: 52.3333 lat, -1.6148 long
End point: 52.3237 lat, -1.5965 long

Stay ahead to pass Brook Cottages on your left and, where the road bends sharp left, go ahead to take a footpath right through a metal kissing gate into a field. Stay ahead with a fence on your left. The track continues between fences, eventually to bear left to a corner kissing gate. Take the kissing gate and bear slightly right through scrub to take a wooden footbridge over the brook, then through a kissing gate to turn left. Keep the hedge and brook on your left. Take the next bridge left over the brook and then go ahead through a metal gate and up the next field. Take the next gate ahead then turn immediately right along a bridleway, keeping a hedge on your right.

Continue through a gated hedge gap, eventually to reach the field corner. Take a metal gate right, under power lines, then follow the blue bridleway marker into the right-hand field to go left and continue on a cinder track (with a hedge on your left) to the end of the field. At the end of the field, by a large metal gate, turn right along the field bridleway and continue with a hedge and fence to your right. Go through a corner metal gate and continue ahead (with a hedge and fence on your right) to reach a field corner gate.

Take the gate and go immediately left to continue gently up a farm track between trees ahead. Stay ahead on the surfaced track (past Deer Park Farm entrance - named after the royal deer park which once surrounded the castle - on your left) and, when you reach the corner of the wood ahead, go left through a metal gate and continue down a wide bridleway (keeping a hedge on your left). Eventually pass through a large metal gate on your left and continue on the same line, now with a hedge right, to pass under power lines.

Stay ahead to pass to the left of farm buildings and take a metal gate right, following the bridleway sign. After a few steps, go left and stay along the surfaced track leaving Goodrest Farm behind you. After approx 200 yards, you will pass a waypost and gate on your right, at which point The Millennium Way rejoins our circuit. Do not take this gate, just stay ahead on the surfaced track to reach the junction with Rouncil Lane.

Rouncil Lane to End
Rouncil Lane to End

Start point: 52.3237 lat, -1.5965 long
End point: 52.349 lat, -1.5912 long

Go right on the lane for 50 paces then take a metal gate left. Go with the hedge on your right and a wooden fence on your left to follow the field-edge cinder track and exit by the corner gap. Stay ahead (with the hedge right) to exit via a metal gate then go ahead (still with the hedge right) to the end of the field. Take a metal gate then go ahead to pass a large farm on your right (Oaks Farm), to find a corner concrete bridge. Cross the bridge to find a metal gate ahead. Take the gate, then walk ahead across the field to take a second metal gate.

Stay ahead with a fence right (ignoring the kissing gate right into playing fields) to take a metal gate. Continue ahead, with a hedge on your right, to eventually pass a dew pond reaching a solitary waypost just ahead. (You have now joined your outward route.) Go right here, along a wide grassy corridor between a hedge (left) and a fence (right) to exit by a gate onto a driveway.

Go left down the drive, taking the gate adjacent to a cattle grid, then continue along the woodland drive and pass the paid car park. Go left towards the castle entrance, retracing your steps on the outward route, past the ticket office, descending steps on your right just in front of the castle entrance and continuing around the perimeter footpath to arrive back at a wooden kissing gate leading to the free car park (with the Queen and Castle pub opposite).

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2 comments for "Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop"

Nice walk very quiet. Good dog walk. Lots of opportunities for off lead. Mostly flat easy walking.

By melharris on 16 Aug 2018

Lovely walk on the outskirts of Kenilworth. Clear way marking throughout, very suitable for dog's. Can be muddy in places after heavy rain.

By nigelwash on 21 Mar 2018

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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