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|Millennium Way: Kenilworth Castle Loop|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 22 Jun 2017||Walk Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Main Road|
Start point: 52.3488 lat, -1.5911 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.
|Main Road to Rouncil Lane|
Start point: 52.3333 lat, -1.6148 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.
|Rouncil Lane to End|
Start point: 52.3237 lat, -1.5965 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.
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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|
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