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Rugby Town Trail

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Rugby Town Trail
Author: TomSawyer2112, Published: 28 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Rugby Town Trail Walking Guidestar1 Rugby Town Trail Walking Guidestar1 Rugby Town Trail Walking Guidestar1 Rugby Town Trail Walking Guidestar0 Rugby Town Trail Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Rugby
Walk Type: Town or city
Rugby Town Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Rugby Town Trail Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk through Rugby town centre in Warwickshire, taking in some of the parks and green areas on the outskirts of the town centre. Rugby is home to the famous Rugby School and is credited with being the birthplace of rugby football due to William Webb Ellis picking a football up during a match. The site of this event can be viewed on this walk.

This is an easy going walk with a few gentle inclines and just a few steps and easily negotiated gates. The route passes adjacent to, but not through, two fields which may contain cattle. Allow between 90 mins and 2 hours.

Rugby is 13 miles (21 km) east of Coventry, on the eastern edge of Warwickshire, near the borders with Northamptonshire and Leicestershire and close to Junction 1 of the M6. Park in the town centre car park, near the police station. Approximate post code CV21 2DH.

Walk Sections

Start to Rugby School
Start to Rugby School

Start point: 52.3763 lat, -1.2635 long
End point: 52.3709 lat, -1.2645 long

From the car park head away from the main road towards a large white building in the far right corner of the car park, and find the path that leads into Caldecott Park. Descend the few steps on the left and enter into the park. Bear right on the path towards a very large white rugby football shaped sculpture. Pass the rugby ball on your left and leave the park through the main gates ahead. On leaving the park, cross Park Road towards the monument to Sir Frank Whittle and the jet engine that was invented locally. Turn right at the monument and head south along North Street towards the clock tower that will be visible in the centre of town ahead. When North Street bends sharply left, cross the road to the clock tower and continue south through the pedestrianised Market Place. At a fork in the pedestrianised street, just past MacDonald's, take the left fork and continue towards the imposing main entrance to the famous Rugby School at the end of High Street. On reaching the end of High Street, turn right along Lawrence Sheriff Street and follow the road around the bend to the left until you reach Waypoint 1, a fine point to view and photograph Rugby School, built in the style of Keble College, Oxford.

Rugby School to Sow Brook
Rugby School to Sow Brook

Start point: 52.3709 lat, -1.2645 long
End point: 52.3666 lat, -1.2726 long

Continue first around a left-hand bend and then a right-hand bend in Lawrence Sheriff Street and then head down the slope to a subway under the main road. After going through the subway, take the path straight ahead up the slope and through a wide passage/archway in the buildings ahead to Union Street. At the end of Union Street, use the pelican crossing to the right to cross the main road and then turn right following Russelheim Way, crossing Firs Drive and then round the left-hand bend onto Bilton Road. Follow Bilton Road for 250m and then turn left into Westfield Road. Follow this to its end at a T-junction with Burnside and open green playing fields ahead. Turn left along Burnside for a short distance then cross the bridge over Sow Brook on the right to the open green area.

Sow Brook to St Cross Hospital
Sow Brook to St Cross Hospital

Start point: 52.3666 lat, -1.2726 long
End point: 52.3647 lat, -1.2602 long

Immediately after crossing the brook, take the left fork in the path and then continue straight ahead along the tarmac path through the middle of the open green space. Continue straight on this path, ignoring other paths to the right or left, until you reach Bilton Road and a pelican crossing, which you should use to cross the road and continue straight ahead along the path through more grassy areas away from the road. At a crossroads in the path, continue straight ahead, passing a children's play area on your right. The path continues straight ahead between (not through) some fenced fields that may contain cows. At the end of the path you will reach Barby Road and see St Cross Hospital directly ahead.

St Cross Hospital to War Memorial
St Cross Hospital to War Memorial

Start point: 52.3647 lat, -1.2602 long
End point: 52.3694 lat, -1.2539 long

Turn left and up the gentle incline along Barby Road. When you have passed the hospital, the buildings and playing fields on both sides of Barby Road belong to Rugby School, featured in the nineteenth century novel, "Tom Brown's Schooldays" by Thomas Hughes. Continue along Barby Road to a pelican crossing, then continue a little further past the crossing to admire the playing fields on the left where, according to legend, Willian Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it during a school football match in 1823, thus creating the game of rugby football.

After admiring the playing fields return to the pelican crossing and cross the road and go straight ahead into Horton Crescent, where many of the school boarding houses line both sides of the road. Turn left at a T-junction, then left again, still on Horton Crescent until another T-junction with Hillmorton Road. Turn right along Hillmorton Road and continue straight ahead for about 350m, crossing Bruce Williams Way until you reach the War Memorial.

War Memorial to The Squirrel Inn
War Memorial to The Squirrel Inn

Start point: 52.3694 lat, -1.2539 long
End point: 52.3724 lat, -1.259 long

Pass through a gate in the fence behind the war memorial into Whitehall Recreation ground then turn left, with the fence on your left, towards a tree-lined path at the edge of the recreation ground. Turn right along the tree-lined path and follow it to reach a fenced children's play park. Turn right across the grass at the play park and walk with the fence on your left around the play park until you reach a tarmac path again. Turn right along the tarmac path and through a gap in the hedge ahead and then turn right along Bruce Williams Way. At the roundabout at the junction of Bruce Williams Way and Hillmorton Road, cross Hillmorton Road and continue along Whitehall Road passing Lawrence Sheriff Grammar school on your left. At the next roundabout turn left along Clifton Road. Continue along Clifton Road until you see The Squirrel Inn, a small and quaint pink public house, on the right side of the road.

The Squirrel Inn to Sir Frank Whittle Sculpture
The Squirrel Inn to Sir Frank Whittle Sculpture

Start point: 52.3724 lat, -1.259 long
End point: 52.3751 lat, -1.2626 long

Shortly after passing The Squirrel Inn, cross Clifton Road at the pelican crossing then continue round a gentle right-bend and then a left bend. Continue past HSBC and Lloyds Banks on your right, and then immediately after Lloyds Bank, turn right along Regent Street. Continue along Regent Street, past Bank Street and Henry Street. When Regent Street forks, take the right fork for approximately 40m before crossing to the small park area and a statue of World War One poet Rupert Brooke, born in Rugby in 1887. Continue along the path across the small park area passing a solid stone sofa and armchair on your right and rejoin the pavement alongside Regent Place. Turn left along Regent Place and follow the pavement as it bears left away from the road towards the Sir Frank Whittle sculpture seen near the start of the walk.

Sir Frank Whittle Sculpture to End
Sir Frank Whittle Sculpture to End

Start point: 52.3751 lat, -1.2626 long
End point: 52.3763 lat, -1.2636 long

From the Whittle sculpture, cross the road and enter Caldecott Park again through the main gates. Follow the path around the edge of the park in an anticlockwise direction until you reach the side gate that you first used to enter the park at the start of the walk. Leave the park through this side gate and retrace your footsteps a short distance back to the car park.

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1 comments for "Rugby Town Trail"

A fairly flat walk along tarmac paths so suitable for pushchairs. Parking is free on a Sunday as of 11th Feb 2018. It was ok but not our favourite.

By jilltomordy on 11 Feb 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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