Newbold Comyn Park from Offchurch
Walk Route Description
This Warwickshire walk starts from the Stag pub in Offchurch near Leamington Spa. The first half of the walk follows the route of The Millennium Way as far as Newbold Comyn Park before returning along a lovely section of the Grand Union Canal, then along the Offchurch Greenway to return to Offchurch. If you are parking at the pub to return for refreshment, please use the top overflow car park.
A - With your back to the Stag pub go left down Welsh Road and a few paces after Corner Cottage go left over stile into field. You are now on The Millennium Way. Continue ahead across field walking slightly uphill to exit at the top corner by stile. Continue up grassy footpath with trees right. The grassy path soon veers slightly left, shortly to exit onto surfaced driveway where we turn right. (This area is known as Offchurch Bury Park, a delightful expanse of parkland.) Stay down track for approx. 300 metres and when you reach a tall tree on left, with an interesting, sculptured trunk, turn left off the surfaced track and go along grassy track with ditch left and trees right. Continue across a couple of semi-surfaced tracks with access gates and follow footpath around through an area of woodland to take stile next to metal gate.
B - Cross small bridge over River Leam and stay on path with river left to larger bridge. Go over this bridge and turn right keeping river on right to enter large grazing field. Continue through field towards a large lone oak tree at far end. On drawing level with the tree take stile next to metal gate on left. Stay forward with hedge right eventually to exit by the gap next to wooden fence. Continue across field along a wide path reaching a way marker to go over small stone bridge over ditch, through gap. Go left here for approx. 100 metres and when you reach the corner of wood, just before a wooden bench on left, turn right passing small pond, then keep straight on ignoring gap on right. (This area was once a municipal golf course.) Stay forward, along what used to be one of the fairways, keeping trees right to arrive at a small bench & littler bin ahead, next to a track. Ignore gaps on right and stay forward along track under canopy of small trees.
C - Stay along track to reach a car park on left. Enter car park and keep along left edge to exit by narrow track in corner. On reaching a surfaced track, by a speed bump, turn right to reach a children's playground. (Here we leave The millennium Way.) Go diagonally left, across the playground passing a small arched green bridge and continue to far corner of playground where you will find a way post. (Here you are entering the Leam Valley Nature Reserve.) Walk downhill following River Leam on right and at a junction of paths go right over small bridge and through large kissing gate. Stay on the riverside walk with river on far right, eventually to reach a surfaced track where we turn right to take a wooden bridge over river to reach a car park at the main road.
D - Turn left along the main road (A 425) for approx. 250 metres and just before the second set of bollards cross over main road to find a footpath with set of wooden steps. Go up steps to join towpath of Grand Union Canal. Turn left along towpath for just over 1 mile to eventually pass under three bridges, the last being bridge 34 to reach Radford Bottom Lock. Go under the viaduct (bridge 33) and then turn immediately left up a gentle incline to join the Offchurch Greenway. Stay along this pleasant disused railway line which has glorious views to the right.
E - After just over half a mile you will see a small bridge overhead, crossing The Greenway. About 100 metres before this bridge, you will find a national cycle route 41 way post on left. Go left here up the narrow track to leave The Greenway. Go through large kissing gate at top of incline and turn left continuing slightly uphill to reach road. Cross over into Village Street and continue down lane. A few metres past the 50-mph sign go right into woodland and cross over wooden ditch bridge into field. Stay across field walking slightly left downhill towards house. Exit field through narrow walkway to right of house and take metal kissing gate to driveway. Go down driveway to reach road and go left to arrive back in Offchurch at The Stag.
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