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|Millennium Way: Long Itchington and the Grand Union Canal|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 25 Jun 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 6.5 mile circular walk from Long Itchington in Warwickshire. The route takes you for a ramble over open fields and then enjoys a lovely extended walk along the side of the Grand Union Canal. The outward leg along the Millennium Way is clearly waymarked with the distinctive black and white circular waymarkers.
The walk is relatively flat, with only very gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, bridges and one stile (which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). You will cross a paddock that is likely to be holding horses and some of the fields may be holding farm livestock (both sheep and cattle). 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.
Long Itchington is located about 2 miles north of Southam in Warwickshire. The walk starts and finishes at The Duck on the Pond pub on the main A423 Southam Road. If you are taking refreshments in the pub it has its own car park, otherwise there is roadside parking available nearby. Approximate post code CV47 9QJ.
|Start to Tubular Bridge|
Start point: 52.2841 lat, -1.3922 long
Before you set off on the walk, it is worth exploring the village of Long Itchington which has plenty of historical interest. The village is named after the River Itchen which flows to the south and west. Just south of the pub on the main road, you will find an interesting half-timbered Tudor house where Queen Elizabeth I is said to have stayed in 1572 and 1575. The old Manor House in the square dates from the 1400s.
|Tubular Bridge to Bascote Locks|
Start point: 52.2861 lat, -1.4178 long
After crossing the bridge turn left and, after 20 paces, go past the remnants of a metal gate to cross over a narrow disused railway line then take the metal gate ahead to a field. Go left round the field for 60 paces to come to the field corner. Stop at this point then go around the right-hand edge of the field and, at the end, turn left to find a hedge gap on your right by a telegraph pole. Take this gap and go diagonally across the next field towards a distant white house to take a mid-hedge stile. Continue ahead over the next field, maintaining your line, to exit by a telegraph pole to the road.
|Bascote Locks to End|
Start point: 52.2742 lat, -1.4213 long
Continue along the canal towpath until you reach Bridge 25. Do not pass under the bridge but look out for the small brick-built cubicle next to the towpath. (Here we rejoin The Millennium Way). Go behind the cubicle to take a kissing gate leading into a paddock. Cross the paddock diagonally and take two further kissing gates on either side of a farm track. Go ahead over the field to take a wooden footbridge then continue on to exit by a kissing gate. Go ahead over the field towards a modern white house in the distance, with a distinctive rear projection, and find the corner kissing gate.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author 41club and may not be reproduced without permission.
We have had lots of rain recently and the footpaths are flooded in places - so badly that you can’t pass. Hopefully in a few days this will subside.
|By Cemma on 02 Apr 2018|
Really nice walk, mixed walking, canals, woods and farmland Well worth a try.
|By stuartmaps on 19 Sep 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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