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|Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 24 Jun 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 6.5 mile circular walk starting from the Kings Head near Napton on the Hill in Warwickshire. The route soon joins the Millennium Way leading you along the Oxford Canal then across flat farmland and open countryside, turning south to follow the Grand Union Canal and Oxford Canal, providing a feast for those interested in narrow boats and the history of our canal network. For the first part of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers.
The route is almost entirely flat, with little gradient to speak of. Most of the route follows canal towpaths, but you will also cross a few farm fields, some arable (where crops and ploughing may require you to divert round the field edges) and some pastures that may be holding farm livestock. You will need to negotiate several gates and flights of steps plus 4 stiles (which should be suitable for most dogs to manage). 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.
Napton on the Hill is located about 3 miles east of Southam in Warwickshire. The walk starts and finishes at the Kings Head pub, on the main A425, just north of the village. If you are taking refreshment at the pub, it does have its own car park. Otherwise, there is roadside parking available on the nearby side road, Hillside. Approximate post code CV47 8NG.
|Start to Grassy Passage|
Start point: 52.2529 lat, -1.3205 long
Our walk starts from The Kings Head, near Napton, on the A425. Exit from the pub car park to the main road and turn right for a few yards to reach the crossroads. Here turn left into Tomlow Road. After approx 75 yards, take the first lane on the left (signed Stockton 2 miles) and continue along to reach the canal bridge. Cross the bridge and go immediately left down a few steps and through a gate, turning right to join the towpath.
|Grassy Passage to Napton Road|
Start point: 52.2536 lat, -1.333 long
Continue down the grassy passage into a field and continue with a hedge on your left. Take the corner stile and continue with a hedge on your left to the field corner. Go right for 25 paces to take a stile and plank bridge on your left. Go ahead across the field, aiming towards the tall chimney in the far distance, to reach a hedge gap. (At certain times during the year, these fields can be heavily ploughed or cropped so you might have to walk around the field edge or follow tractor tracks.)
|Napton Road to Calcutt Locks|
Start point: 52.2718 lat, -1.3606 long
Cross the road into Elm Row and, at the end where the road swings right into George Street, stay straight ahead along a surfaced track. Continue for approx 100 yards then stay ahead where the track narrows through a gap into a large overgrown pasture. Go ahead with the hedge on your left and, where the path diverges, bear left and go through the gap ahead. Continue right with the hedge on your right. After a few paces, leave the track and turn right to stay along a narrow footpath with metal railings on your right.
|Calcutt Locks to End|
Start point: 52.2685 lat, -1.316 long
Continue on past the lock, keeping the canal on your right. After a short while you will have good views to your right of Napton Reservoir which is home to many species of bird. Leaving the reservoir, we eventually arrive at Napton Junction where the Grand Union Canal meets the Oxford Canal.
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Nice walk, suitable for dog's, with plenty of refreshment chances. Recommend that this walk is done after a dry period as the Lias clay is extremely sticky !
|By nigelwash on 21 Mar 2018|
Nice easy walk, directions are simple to follow, a pub and village shop can be found half way round the walk, the views aren't amazing which is why a gave it a four star rating
|By adamrt on 09 Oct 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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