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|Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 28 Jun 2017||Walk Rating:|
|Warwickshire, Royal Leamington Spa|
|A 6.5 mile circular walk from the village of Offchurch in Warwickshire. The route is a simple loop of the Warwickshire countryside, taking in fields, pastures, lanes and green tracks with a visit to an historic church and a glimpse of the beautiful River Leam. For the middle stretch, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers.
The route has several steady gradients throughout. You will need to negotiate several gates and kissing gates plus 9 stiles (some of which dogs will need a lift over). There are a couple of short sections of road walking and you will be sharing some of the fields with farm livestock. 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.
Offchurch is located about 3 miles east of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. The walk starts outside The Stag pub on Welsh Road. Please comply with the sign in the pub’s car park, requesting that walkers park in the overflow car park only. Approximate post code CV33 9AQ.
|Start to Fosse Way|
Start point: 52.2898 lat, -1.4737 long
With your back to The Stag pub, go left on the road out of the car park for 30 paces then turn left up School Hill (signposted to Leamington). Continue past Offchurch Village Hall to the T-junction where we turn left. Before you do so, on the right at the T-junction you will find the parish church of St Gregory which may be of interest to visit. Offchurch may have been home to Offa, the King of Mercia from 757 to 796. A church was built in the village, hence the name Offchurch (Offa's Church) but the original has long since gone and the current church has been rebuilt on the supposed site of Offa's church. It is thought that King Offa's son was killed nearby and the original church was built to commemorate his son's death.
|Fosse Way to School Lane|
Start point: 52.2806 lat, -1.4621 long
Cross over the road to find a hidden stile in the hedge gap on the opposite side of the road, next to a telegraph pole. Take this stile and continue directly ahead (keeping a hedge on your left) to reach a gap in the far-left corner of the field. Go ahead through the gap then past outbuildings for a house on your right, emerging onto a surfaced lane. Cross the lane to enter a field and immediately turn left. Keeping a hedge on your left and some recently planted trees on your right, follow the field round, eventually bending to the right (passing a metal gate in the corner) and exit the field some 100 metres further on, through the waymarked hole in the hedge, to reach the road. Turn right on the road continuing gently downhill along the wide grass verge for just over half a mile to find a wide unnamed track on the left. This is an unclassified country road known as Ridgeway Lane.
|School Lane to End|
Start point: 52.3077 lat, -1.4541 long
After 10 metres, take a waymarked path left into a large field. (Here we are leaving The Millennium Way.) Keep along the edge of the field (with a hedge and fence on your right), continuing past a large metal gate towards the corner of the field to find a kissing gate. Take this kissing gate and go left along the hedge towards a kissing gate ahead on your left. Take the kissing gate and continue directly ahead across the next field (keeping a hedge on your left) to reach the wide gap in the top left corner. (At this point you will notice the River Leam on your right.) Go through the gap and over a small stream (sometimes dry) to continue gently up the next field to take the far-left corner kissing gate. Continue directly ahead (with the hedge and river to your right) and after a short distance you will reach a waymarker where the paths diverge.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author 41club and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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