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Cawston and Lawford Heath

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Cawston and Lawford Heath
Author: TomSawyer2112, Published: 08 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Cawston and Lawford Heath Walking Guide star1 Cawston and Lawford Heath Walking Guide star1 Cawston and Lawford Heath Walking Guide star0 Cawston and Lawford Heath Walking Guide star0 Cawston and Lawford Heath Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Cawston
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Cawston and Lawford Heath
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cawston and Lawford Heath Walking Guide boot Cawston and Lawford Heath Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Cawston on the outskirts of Rugby, Warwickshire. This walk is along bridleways, footpaths and country lanes, and crosses several fields and a stretch through a nature reserve. There are some gentle gradients along the route and one short steep section down 8 steps into an old disused railway cutting, now a nature reserve. There are 5 gates to negotiate, 2 of which are kissing gates. One of the fields crossed en-route may contain cattle, but if this is the case an alternative route of the same distance is possible. There is a 1.2km stretch of the walk along a quiet country lane which has a grassy verge but no pavement. Allow 2 hours.

The village of Cawston is located just to the south west of Rugby, on the A4071 and just one mile from the M45. Park in the free car park on Cawston Grange on Gerard Road, next to the Co-op store. Approximate post code CV22 7GU.

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Walk Sections

Start to The Bear
Start to The Bear

Start point: 52.3603 lat, -1.3034 long
End point: 52.3671 lat, -1.3024 long

Leave the car park, turn right along Gerard Road for about 50m and then turn right along the tarmac footpath heading towards Cawston Grange School. Keep straight on along this path until you reach Whitefriars Road, passing the school playing field on your right. Cross Whitefriars Road and continue straight on along the footpath directly ahead, until you reach Lawford Lane. Carry straight on along Lawford Lane for approximately 100m until you see The Bear pub directly ahead.

The Bear to Field 1
The Bear to Field 1

Start point: 52.3671 lat, -1.3024 long
End point: 52.3706 lat, -1.3069 long

At The Bear, do not cross the road, instead turn left along Bilton Lane and, after 50m, cross the old bridge over the Cawston Greenway, once the route of the Rugby to Leamington Spa branch railway line but now a nature reserve. After the bridge over the Greenway, bear left onto the marked bridleway and continue straight ahead to cross the main road (A4071) using the Pegasus Crossing (like a Pelican crossing but suitable for horseriders as well as pedestrians).

After crossing the main road, continue along the left side of Bilton Lane. When the road turns sharp right, continue straight ahead along the bridleway. Follow the bridleway straight ahead, through a gate, for approximately 250m until you find a kissing gate on your left.

Field 1 to Lawford Heath Lane
Field 1 to Lawford Heath Lane

Start point: 52.3706 lat, -1.3069 long
End point: 52.3696 lat, -1.3161 long

At this point you have two choices. The main route passes through this kissing gate into the field, but this field sometimes contains cattle, including a bull. If cattle are present and you would rather avoid this field, then follow the alternative route described below (which is approximately the same distance as the main route).

Main Route:
Go through the kissing gate into the field and follow the path down the gentle hill with the hedgerow on your left. At the bottom of the hill, in the corner of the field, turn right and continue around the edge of the field until you meet a metal farm gate on your left with a small pedestrian gate within the main gate. Pass through the pedestrian gate and cross the narrow field ahead to a kissing gate that will be visible. Pass through the kissing gate into the next field. At the entry into this field the path goes directly ahead, up the gentle rise. You will see a small copse of trees ahead around a small pond. From the kissing gate at the entry to the field, head straight ahead, aiming approximately 20m to the left of the small copse of trees, so that you pass it on your right. As you reach the top of the rise, a yellow waymarker post should be visible in the hedgerow ahead. Head directly for the waymarker post and when you reach it, take the path through the hedgerow, across a small wooden bridge across the ditch, and up three steps then turn left to join Lawford Heath Lane.

Alternative Route:
If field 1 contains cattle that you would rather avoid, do not go through the kissing gate into field 1. Instead continue along the bridleway for 450m until you reach Lawford Heath Lane. Turn left along Lawford Heath Lane, walking on the right-hand side of the road facing the direction of oncoming vehicles. After 450m along the road, you will see a footpath marker in the hedge on the left which is where the main route joins Lawford Heath Lane.

Lawford Heath Lane to Field 2
Lawford Heath Lane to Field 2

Start point: 52.3696 lat, -1.3161 long
End point: 52.3612 lat, -1.3269 long

Lawford Heath Lane is a quiet country road. At busy times you may encounter on average one vehicle per minute, though on a Sunday afternoon you may see no vehicles at all. There is no pavement but there is a grass verge. Walk along the right side of the road facing oncoming vehicles and step onto the grass verge when a vehicle is approaching. Walk along Lawford Heath Lane for approximately 1.2km until the junction with Ling Lane and a sign on the left marking the start of Lawford Heath village. Along the way look out for an interesting sign on the right for Livingston's Barn. Just before the sign on the left for Lawford Heath village, cross to the left side of Lawford Heath Lane and go through the farm gate onto the waymarked bridleway.

Field 2 to Field 3
Field 2 to Field 3

Start point: 52.3612 lat, -1.3269 long
End point: 52.3598 lat, -1.3223 long

After passing through the farm gate onto the bridleway, walk along the edge of the field with the hedgerow on your right. The Rugby Cement works are visible on the horizon to the left. At the end of the hedgerow pass through a large gap into the next field.

Field 3 to Cawston Greenway
Field 3 to Cawston Greenway

Start point: 52.3598 lat, -1.3223 long
End point: 52.3581 lat, -1.3161 long

Enter the next field and continue straight ahead down the gentle slope with the hedgerow now on your left. Turn right at the bottom corner of the field and continue along the edge of the field for approximately 40m to a small wooden bridge on the left. Cross the wooden bridge and head straight across the next field, up the gentle slope, towards the large steel footbridge over the A4071 that is visible ahead. After crossing the steel bridge over the A4071, you will see an old brick bridge ahead over the Cawston Greenway.

Cawston Greenway to Cawston Grange
Cawston Greenway to Cawston Grange

Start point: 52.3581 lat, -1.3161 long
End point: 52.3607 lat, -1.3141 long

Do not cross the brick bridge ahead, but rather take the path to the left of the bridge, down the 8 steps into the old cutting and on to the Cawston Greenway nature reserve, once the route of the Rugby to Leamington Spa branch railway line. Turn left along the Greenway heading north and follow it for approximately 300m. Take the first gap on the right off the Greenway onto the Cawston Grange estate.

Cawston Grange to Cycle and Footpath
Cawston Grange to Cycle and Footpath

Start point: 52.3607 lat, -1.3141 long
End point: 52.3557 lat, -1.3073 long

Head directly ahead across the grass to the corner of a gravel path. On reaching the path, do NOT follow it but instead turn right along a grass track towards a bench. Pass the bench and continue along the grassy path through some bushes until it joins a tarmac path. Turn right onto the tarmac path and then follow it straight ahead, ignoring paths to the left. Eventually the tarmac runs out and the path becomes a gravel path. Follow this gravel path for approximately 500m until a T junction with a tarmac cycle and footpath.

Cycle and Footpath to End
Cycle and Footpath to End

Start point: 52.3557 lat, -1.3073 long
End point: 52.3603 lat, -1.3033 long

Turn left along the Cycle and Footpath, and keep straight ahead at the crossing across Cawston Grange Drive. Go straight ahead, continuing along the tarmac path, passing a large fir tree in a fenced off enclosure on your right. This fir tree has Christmas lights during December.

When the path meets Turchill Road, cross over and continue to follow the path straight ahead until it reaches Gerard Road. Turn right onto Gerard Road and you will see the Co-Op and the start point ahead.

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2 comments for "Cawston and Lawford Heath"

Mostly modern housing estate and road walking, not the best for dog's.

By nigelwash on 21 Mar 2018

Hi, it is the Rugby to Leamington Spa branch line, not the Great Central Line. Great route and photos.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know, we have corrected the guide.

By PaulHH on 16 Jan 2018

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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