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Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular

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Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 14 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Lapworth
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular Walking Guide
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An 8 mile circular walk from the hamlet of Kingswood near Lapworth in Warwickshire. Starting at the Boot Inn, initially the route follows the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, leaving this at Drawbridge Farm to follow a delightful section of the Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers. At Irelands Farm the route leaves the Millennium Way following along some delightful paths, eventually to rejoin the canal where it passes beneath the M40.

The route has a few gentle to moderate gradients and follows a mixture of towpath, field-side paths and tracks. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates, steep steps and footbridges plus 14 stiles (most of which are dog friendly, but there are two where dogs may need a lift over). You will be sharing some of the fields with livestock. Approximate time 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.

The walk begins at the Boot Inn in Lapworth, on the B4439, south east of Hockley Heath. If you are taking refreshments the pub has its own car park, otherwise please use roadside parking. Approximate post code B94 6JU. If you are coming by train, the Boot Inn is less than a mile walk from Lapworth rail station.

Walk Sections

Start to Canal Drawbridge
Start to Canal Drawbridge

Start point: 52.3383 lat, -1.7357 long
End point: 52.3444 lat, -1.7626 long

Our walk starts from the car park of the Boot Inn. Exit to rear of the car park, via the track which leads to the canal towpath. Go ahead over the small bridge (No 33) then turn left along the towpath, keeping the canal on your left. Continue gently uphill past a flight of locks to reach a small cottage. Go left over Bridge 32 and stay on the towpath, now with the canal on your right.

When you reach Bridge 30, cross the bridge to reach the towpath on the other side, and stay with the canal on your left passing several canal-side dwellings. Stay ahead under Bridge 29 until you reach Drawbridge 28. Here you are joining The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers.

Canal Drawbridge to Motorway Bridge
Canal Drawbridge to Motorway Bridge

Start point: 52.3444 lat, -1.7626 long
End point: 52.3332 lat, -1.7622 long

Turn left over the drawbridge, down a vehicle track into Drawbridge Farm, then pass in front of the farm buildings to take a kissing gate (just to the left of the right-hand gate). Walk with a fence and hedge on your left to take the far corner stile into the next field, then continue downhill to take the far left corner stile by a gate. Go ahead through the narrow field to find a right corner stile by a gate. Take the stile past a dew pond and continue with the hedge on your left to take a gated bridge over a stream into a field. Stay up the field towards the tower of St. Mary's Church, Lapworth. Exit the field by the stile adjacent to a metal gate and stay ahead towards the church, taking a stile to the road.

Turn right on the road and, after 120 paces (just before Green Acres), go left down a drive by a wooden footpath sign, passing a tall Leylandii hedge on your right. Go through a gate then take a stile to the left of a further gate. Follow the block paved driveway past greenhouses to the end, to find the ground staff buildings with a gated courtyard. Turn left on a gravelled drive and go ahead for 50 paces with a hedge on your right, then take a waymarked hedge gap right to continue your line down towards the motorway, now with the hedge on your left. Take the gap through a tree line (by a solitary waypost) and take a stile onto a vehicle track and continue over the motorway bridge.

Motorway Bridge to Bushwood Lane
Motorway Bridge to Bushwood Lane

Start point: 52.3332 lat, -1.7622 long
End point: 52.319 lat, -1.7377 long

After crossing the bridge, take a stile left and go down steep steps, keeping to the line of the fence at the bottom of the steps. (NOTE: Do NOT veer right to the footbridge). At the end of the fencing, take the bridge stile into a field, staying ahead across the field centre to pass through a gate within a gate then under power lines to exit via a further gate within a gate. Head across the narrow part of the field and take kissing gates through scrub into a field. Stay ahead with a hedge on your left to exit by the far left corner kissing gate to a rough vehicle way. Go right on the vehicle way down to a lane.

Cross the lane to take a bridge and stile, turning immediately left through a kissing gate into a field. Go with the hedge on your left around the field edge to reach the far corner kissing gate. Take the gate and bridge to go through short scrub into a field, then go left with the hedge on your left. Approximately half way down the field pass a gap on your left and, after 25 paces, take a stile on your left and go diagonally left (keeping the hedge on your left) to take a hidden corner stile to the road. (Look out for lovely blackberries in this hedge during August.) Go right on the road for approximately a third of a mile to reach a staggered crossroads then go directly over, past the post box and continue along Ireland's Lane.

After approximately three quarters of a mile, go left down a farm track towards Ireland's Farm. Here we leave The Millennium Way, so ignore the footpath immediately on the right and continue down the track passing under power lines. Just before the entrance to the farmhouse, go left down a wide grassy track. At the end of the track, take a metal gate and cross a short section of field to take a further metal gate and stile across a stream. Proceed ahead up the field (keeping a wire fence on your right) to take a stile adjacent to a wide metal gate onto a farm track.

Turn right for 10 paces then go left through a gate (signed Heart of England Way.) Go initially with the hedge on your right, following the line of the dismantled railway. The path then swings left towards a double metal gate. Take the side gate and follow the waymarked blue bridleway, walking gently uphill with trees on your left. Where the track levels off you will find a welcome commemorative bench on which to take a well-earned breather and to enjoy the spectacular view. Continue along the track past a small wood of statuesque pines, to take a wooden gate and narrow fenced track behind a dwelling. Stay on the access lane to reach the road, Bushwood Lane.

Bushwood Lane to End
Bushwood Lane to End

Start point: 52.319 lat, -1.7377 long
End point: 52.3385 lat, -1.7357 long

Turn right on the road to reach a T-junction then turn left in the direction of Lapworth. Continue past High Chimneys Farm and, just before you reach the overhead power cables, turn right and go through a kissing gate. Go ahead with a wire fence on your left, and after approximately 100 yards (just as the track starts to swing left), look out for a concealed kissing gate in the hedge on your right. Take the kissing gate and wooden plank bridge into a field and go left (with the hedge on your left) towards the motorway. At the field corner, take the kissing gate into the next field and go left for a few paces to then turn right by the way post, proceeding across the field towards the motorway. On reaching a waypost at the far side, go left along the field edge (keeping a wire fence and wood on your right) to find another waypost and take the path right which will lead you onto the canal towpath via a metal gate.

Cross Bridge 39b directly ahead of you, then go left on the towpath to walk underneath the motorway. As we leave the motorway behind us we are soon back into a delightfully tranquil section of the Stratford Canal. Shortly we pass a wooden bench in memory of Doug Smith, the creator of Lockmaster Maps.

At Bridge 39 there is an information board which is worth a look. Stay on the towpath with the canal on your left and, on reaching Bridge 37a, cross over to the opposite towpath and stay with the canal on your right. Shortly we pass Kingswood Junction where the Grand Union Canal joins the Stratford Canal. Proceed past the marina and under Road Bridge 35. On reaching Bridge 33, we leave the towpath to turn left back into the car park of The Boot Inn where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Millennium Way: Kingswood Circular"

One of the most enjoyable walks I have done so far with iFootpath!
A beautiful stretch of canal towpath to start and finish. Easy to follow route and the small amount of road walk required was mainly on very quiet country lanes. Quite challenging in places with hill work but this was hardly exhausting and made it all the more enjoyable.
Bushwood is just stunning when you get to the bench at the top. Really worth the clamber up the hill. Worth taking a picnic with you and stopping here to rest and enjoy the beauty.
Park in the Boot if there's space and treat yourself to some refreshment here before or after. It's a lovely pub of which I am lucky enough to call my local.
I honestly can't wait to do this one again and will do so next summer! x

By Hannah2017 on 05 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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