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Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham

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Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 28 Jun 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Royal Leamington Spa
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Offchurch and Hunningham Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Fosse Way
Start to Fosse Way

Start point: 52.2898 lat, -1.4737 long
End point: 52.2806 lat, -1.4621 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.

Having turned left at the T-junction, go along the road past Village Farm on your right to another T-junction. Go directly across the road to take the waymarked footpath ahead, then cross a bridge over a disused railway line. Emerging from the bridge, walk directly forward aiming for the hedge corner (approx 250 metres ahead). On reaching hedge corner, go left around the field, keeping the hedge on your left, then just before the double metal gate, take a waymarked path on your left through a hedge gap.

Continue ahead (keeping the hedge on your right) past a large metal gate on your right to exit the field through a corner hedge gap. Keep ahead (with a wire fence to your right), passing dwellings, and continue straight ahead across the field, keeping approx 30 metres to the left of a surfaced access lane (which is a private drive to Fosse Way Barnes). Take the hedge gap to emerge to the main road (Fosse Way).

Fosse Way to School Lane
Fosse Way to School Lane

Start point: 52.2806 lat, -1.4621 long
End point: 52.3077 lat, -1.4541 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.

Turn left along this lovely tree-lined track for about 0.75 miles until you reach a road. Cross the road and go through the gate ahead. You are now on The Millennium Way and will see the distinctive black waymarker on the post. Continue ahead up the field to exit by a wide gap and continue on a track and lane to reach the main road. Cross the road and continue along the tree-lined lane ahead, passing Snowford House on your left. Keep ahead on the vehicle track (which may occasionally be muddy and rutted in parts), eventually to cross the unique and interesting high bridge over the disused railway line and coming to a tarmac drive leading to the road. Go right along the road to reach a crossroads, then turn left along the main road and, after some 100 metres, look for a stile in the hedge on your left (next to a telegraph pole).

Cross the stile and go diagonally right across the field to the corner, then walk 50 metres to the right (along the hedgerow) to take the bridge and stile located towards the middle of the hedge. (NOTE: There is a single wire here obstructing your path which you need to negotiate to reach the bridge and stile, so take extra care as you cross). Go ahead to find a hedge gap. Go through the gap to continue with a hedge on your right to cross the next stile into a large field. Go directly ahead across the large field to reach the far hedge, then go left (with the hedge on your right) for some 30 metres to find and take a hedge gap to the road. Go left along the road for about 10 metres then turn right into a side road, School Lane.

School Lane to End
School Lane to End

Start point: 52.3077 lat, -1.4541 long
End point: 52.29 lat, -1.4736 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.

Take the left fork, heading diagonally left across the field towards a corner gap. Once through this gap, go ahead (slightly right) to take a second gap then go left along the edge of a large field (keeping the hedge on your left). As you approach the farm buildings ahead, another footpath (surfaced) joins from the right. Veer slightly right here to stay along the field edge, keeping the farm buildings on your left. Go through the gap with a metal gate and continue ahead towards trees, keeping a wire fence on your left. Go through the corner metal gate into a small wooded area.

Emerging from the woodland via a metal kissing gate, keep ahead in the field with the hedge on your right. Exit the field via a corner stile. Take a further stile into a small field and go forward into the farmyard via the stile or metal gate. Go through the next gate to cross the track and take the next stile ahead. Continue directly ahead across the field, keeping the telegraph poles to your left, and exit by a kissing gate to the road. This brings you back to your starting point for some well-earned refreshment.

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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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