West Midlands Walk
Hockley Heath and Packwood Circular
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Walk Route Description
This easy circular West Midlands walk would be very suitable for a short Sunday morning ramble, passing two interesting landmarks close to the village of Hockley Heath, namely Packwood House and St. Giles Church which are both worthy of a visit. There are no difficult sections on this walk, and it is a very pleasant introduction to The Millennium Way.
A Starting from the Wharf Tavern in Hockley Heath (grid ref. SP153725) you are already on The Millennium Way, where you will see our distinctive black and white way markers. Make your way through the pub car park to find a bridge left leading to the canal. Go left under the bridge along towpath keeping the canal on your right. Pass a drawbridge (Number 26), then under road bridge (Number 27) - there is a picnic table in a few yards here, on the towpath - and eventually reach a second drawbridge (Number 28). Here we leave The Millennium Way by turning left down a short wide track to the main road.
B Go left on narrow grass verge for 80 paces and take stile right next to metal gate, into field. Go ahead with hedge and trees left, past where field bottlenecks and eventually exit field through unmarked far hedge gap into next field. Continue ahead now with hedge right to eventually pass under low voltage power lines to take corner stile, then go with hedge left to reach surfaced drive by entrance to large country house (Malt House Farm). Go right along drive to the road. Cross road and take metal kissing gate into Packwood House Estate. Go ahead following the National Trust Way marker posts noticing the glorious views to your left with the lake and Packwood House in the far distance. Take the metal kissing gate into large field and go along edge of field keeping trees and fence left. After 150 yards, just past the corner, take metal gate left to cross wooden plank bridge then through gap ahead by metal gate. Continue between wooden fence & woodland to exit by gap to road (this section can be muddy after heavy rain).
C Turn left on road to pass the National Trust Packwood House and Gardens (left) and large tea shop (right), where we re-join The Millennium Way. Continue along the road for 400 yards, passing Grove Lane which enters from the left. After a further 120 paces take the kissing gate left into field following the black Millennium Way way marker to go over centre of field to kissing gate under power lines. From this kissing gate go ahead with hedge left for approx. 60 paces, then follow way marker to go half right to power pole in corner by trees to take kissing gate leading into churchyard of St. Giles Church. Face the front door of church then go left on pathway to exit churchyard via double wooden gate / kissing gate to car park. Go left here along church access driveway to reach the road. Turn right at road and continue along to the T-junction.
D Go left at T-junction and continue to meet main road coming in from right. Go ahead on main road signposted Hockley Heath following road round left bend to meet the main Stratford Road by Miller and Carter. Turn left here to walk along main road arriving back at The Wharf Tavern on your right. There is a bakery just over the bridge if you fancy coffee and cake.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1713 Circular from Packwood House, near Dorridge - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 3714 Lapworth & Kingswood Circular - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 3711 Heronfield & Temple Balsall Circular - easy/mod - 7.2 miles/11.7 km
Walk 3016 Preston Bagot & Finwood from Henley-in-Arden - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3105 Preston Bagot from Henley-in-Arden - easy - 4.7 miles/7.6 km
Walk 2711 Henley-in-Arden Circular - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 3700 West from Henley-in-Arden - easy - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 2667 Circular walk from Barston - easy - 4.3 miles/6.9 km
Walk 1376 Balsall Common circular - easy - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 3689 Balsall Common & Berkswell Circular - easy - 5.6 miles/9.1 km
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