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Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch

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Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 02 Jul 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Leamington Spa
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Cubbington and Offchurch Walking Guide
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A 7 mile circular walk from the village of Cubbington in Warwickshire. The route is through open fields, enjoying the delights of Newbold Comyn Golf Course, the historic village of Offchurch and a brief sighting of the River Leam. For the first stretch, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers.

The walk has several steady gradients throughout. You will need to negotiate several gates and kissing gates, some footbridges (including single sleeper bridges) plus 8 stiles (most of these will be ok for dogs, but there is one that dogs will need a lift over). Most of the land is arable, but some of the fields you will cross may be holding livestock. You will need to cross a golf course, so please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you cross the fairways and watch out for any stray flying golf balls. Allow 3.5 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.

Cubbington is a village adjoining the north-eastern outskirts of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. The walk starts and finishes outside the Kings Head pub, opposite St Mary’s Church on Church Hill. There is some roadside parking available here, or additional roadside parking on the nearby High Street. Approximate post code CV32 7JY.

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Walk Sections

Start to The Runghills
Start to The Runghills

Start point: 52.3118 lat, -1.4967 long
End point: 52.2984 lat, -1.4998 long

Standing on Church Hill facing the Kings Head pub, turn right to go downhill to the junction with Church Lane then cross ahead into the High Street, with Old Manor House on your left. Follow the High Street into the village centre, where it becomes Queen Street. Continue ahead past shops and The Queen's Head pub to the junction with Windmill Hill. Turn left here into Offchurch Road, walking past houses on your left and in 160m cross the road to reach a kissing gate in the hedge on your right. Here you will see the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker. Take the kissing gate and go gently uphill on a well-trodden path with a hedge on your right. A tower block soon comes into view, a block of flats on the Lillington Estate.

The path levels off then continues gently downhill to the field corner where you should take the narrow hedge gap on your right to enter the next field. Turn immediately left and cross the field to pick up a concrete track ahead. Continue uphill past a house on your left and converted barns on your right to go through a kissing gate to the right of the track by a cottage, keeping ahead. Go along the right edge of the field (with a fence on your right) to take the next kissing gate at the bottom right of the field. Turn immediately left to follow with the hedge on your left gently uphill, keeping the tower block on your far right. After some 300 metres, you will arrive at a wide gap with a solitary waypost on your left. Take the gap, then walk with the hedge on your right, following the path around the field edge to arrive at a wood on your right. This wood is known as The Runghills.

The Runghills to River Leam Bridge
The Runghills to River Leam Bridge

Start point: 52.2984 lat, -1.4998 long
End point: 52.288 lat, -1.4924 long

At the far corner of the wood (The Runghills) turn sharp right through a narrow gap over a sleeper bridge which crosses a ditch. Immediately under power lines, continue ahead to the corner of the wood to take a waymarked gap right to go ahead (with the wood on your right) and exit by a corner gap. Continue ahead to find and take a sleeper bridge towards Redhouse Farm and then go directly ahead over the field to a hedge gap. Ignore the stile left, instead take the gap and proceed ahead to a concrete drive. Go left on the drive and, after some 30 paces, go right (with a fence on your left) to take a kissing gate into a field.

Go ahead (with a fence and hedge on your left) and, at the field corner, go right (keeping a hedge on your left) and watch for a hedge gap on your left with a waypost. Take this gap and cross the ditch via a railway sleeper to enter Newbold Comyn Park. NOTE: The next stretch crosses a golf course so please take extra care, letting golfers play their shots before you cross the fairways. Cross the cinder path and go ahead (with a hedge on your right) over the golf course, eventually to pass both the 15th and 14th tees, then continue ahead over a fairway to find a wide hedge gap leading to a well-worn path.

Go left on this path (at this point you are leaving the Millennium Way), keeping ahead with the golf course on your left. At the end of the track, keep directly ahead (to the right of woodland) to re-enter the golf course, walking past the 12th tee. Keep the same line ahead across the golf course, with the woodland on your left, to pass just to the left of the greens on your right and to reach a cinder path (where you will see a wooden bench).

Turn left along the cinder path and, after 100 metres, take the hedge gap right over a small concrete slab bridge and continue ahead across the next field towards a hedge gap. At this point go into the right field and keep ahead with hedge on your left. Take the stile and go right for 100m (with the hedge on your right), then walk diagonally left towards the footbridge over the River Leam.

River Leam Bridge to Manor Farm
River Leam Bridge to Manor Farm

Start point: 52.288 lat, -1.4924 long
End point: 52.2918 lat, -1.4719 long

Cross over the footbridge, then go right along a woodland footpath, with the river on your right, to cross over a bridge and take a stile ahead. After 20 paces, go right along a grassy track and keep left at the corner ahead, following around the grassy track with the hedge on your right. Cross over a surfaced track ahead and continue on the same line, keeping a small ditch on your right. As you reach the corner where the ditch ends, turn right by the brick wall and wooden fencing to walk along the surfaced track. (In the winter you may get a glimpse of St. Gregory's Church in Offchurch, but in summer this will be obscured by the trees in leaf.)

As you reach the bend ahead, turn left by the yellow waymarker (signposted Offchurch). Continue up to the corner of the woodland, then go with the woodland on your left to take a wide gap and stile ahead into a field. Go up the field, keeping the River Leam in the dip to your far left. Stay ahead to exit the field by a far corner stile to the road.

Turn right on the road and pass the Stag Pub on your right. Approx 30 metres after passing The Stag, take the waymarked footpath left between houses, go ahead to take a kissing gate and then continue directly ahead across the next field. Exit by a stile and continue between farm buildings (Manor Farm) to take a large metal gate through the farm buildings and a stile next to a metal gate into the next field.

Manor Farm to End
Manor Farm to End

Start point: 52.2918 lat, -1.4719 long
End point: 52.312 lat, -1.4965 long

Stay ahead (with the fence on your left) to take two further stiles by metal gates and go up the next field, keeping a hedge on your left. At the field corner, go directly ahead to take a metal kissing gate which will take you along a winding path through the short section of woodland. Emerge to take the metal gate into the next field. Go ahead with the hedge on your right to reach the farm buildings at the field corner. Turn diagonally left and, after just 30 paces, go diagonally left again to join a clearly defined farm track. Continue down this track, past an old building on your right, when after some distance it eventually swings gently right to a gate.

Take the waymaked gate into a field and walk diagonally left to take a footbridge over the River Leam. Go ahead through a short section of woodland, emerging to walk uphill with a hedge on your left. Take the wide gap on your left and follow the waymarker into a field, keeping ahead with a hedge on your right. After 50 metres, at the junction of paths, take a waymarked path diagonally left across the field to cross under power lines. Go through the gap ahead, across a sleeper bridge into the next field and stay on the same heading, keeping the hedge on your right.

Continue uphill for some while, keeping the hedge on your right and, as you near the edge of South Cubbington Wood, ignore the footbridge on the right. Instead go ahead to skirt around the southern border of the wood. (NOTE: Do not take any of the tracks which enter the wood.) Keep ahead past the wood along the same track, with the hedge on your right. At the field corner, stay ahead down the track between hedges eventually to reach a surfaced lane. Turn right on the lane (Mill Lane) to descend gently to the main road. Stay ahead along the main road (New Street) to the crossroads then turn right to reach your starting point at The Kings Head and St Mary's Church in Cubbington. One interesting snippet about St Mary's Church, is that Jane Austen's brother was once the appointed vicar here, although he was based far away in Hampshire so he employed a curate to perform his duties.

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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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