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Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton

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Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 24 Jun 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Southam
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Grassy Passage
Start to Grassy Passage

Start point: 52.2529 lat, -1.3205 long
End point: 52.2536 lat, -1.333 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.

Stay on towpath (with the canal on your left) and, just before Bridge 111, turn right off the towpath (beside the now closed Bridge Inn) to arrive at the main road. Go right along the main road for a few yards then cross a stile on the right to a grassy passage. Here you will see the first distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker which will guide you along this section of the walk.

Grassy Passage to Napton Road
Grassy Passage to Napton Road

Start point: 52.2536 lat, -1.333 long
End point: 52.2718 lat, -1.3606 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.)

Cross a track and go ahead across the field to pass a mid-field power pole. Maintain your line to come to a ditch with a plank bridge gap (with a waypost), just to the right of a single tree. Here go diagonally right across the field to take a gap by a waypost and then follow the Millennium Way marker to continue with the hedge on your right to the end of the field. Stay in the field and go left for 30 paces to take a gap right.

Go ahead with the hedge on your right and, at the hedge corner, continue on the same line across the field to take a mid-fence bridge. Go diagonally right to take a stile, some 50 paces in from the field corner. Go ahead across the field towards a mobile phone mast to go through a large metal gate to a vehicle track. Go ahead on the track to pass a cemetery and stay on the track, passing Stockton Parish Church, to reach the road. Continue left up School Street, passing the school on your left, to reach the post box. Here we leave The Millennium Way. Go past the post box and turn right into High Street, passing The Crown Inn. Stay ahead then bear right at the junction, passing an old hand water pump on the corner, to the end of the High Street to meet the main road.

Napton Road to Calcutt Locks
Napton Road to Calcutt Locks

Start point: 52.2718 lat, -1.3606 long
End point: 52.2685 lat, -1.316 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.

At the far end of the metal railings, go through the metal gate and continue past buildings to reach the road by Countrywide Stores. Go left past the store then turn left on the main road signposted to Rugby. Stay gently uphill to cross the first bridge, then past The Paddocks on your right and ahead to cross a second bridge over the canal. Immediately after crossing this bridge, go right to join the towpath then continue left along the towpath with the canal on your right.

Here you have joined the Grand Union Canal. Proceeding along the towpath we pass Ventnor Farm Marina and, from the bridge here, you have lovely views to the north towards Rugby and Draycote Water. Leaving the sprawling Ventnor Farm Marina, we come to the Calcutt flight of locks where the canal turns due south. On the right is Calcutt Marina where there is usually plenty of activity with many narrow boats coming and going.

Calcutt Locks to End
Calcutt Locks to End

Start point: 52.2685 lat, -1.316 long
End point: 52.2531 lat, -1.3206 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.

Here we go under Bridge 17 then immediately left to cross the same bridge and drop down a pathway left onto the Oxford Canal towpath to go with the canal on your left. Quite soon we pass Napton Marina on our left and reach Bridge 109. Turn right immediately before Bridge 109 to pass through a metal gate and reach the road. Turn left at the road, going over the bridge, and continue down Tomlow Road to reach the main A425. Turn right to arrive back at The Kings Head where the walk began.

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2 comments for "Millennium Way: Napton Junction and Stockton"

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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