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Warwickshire Walk
Circular Walk around Coughton

County/Area - Warwickshire

Author - Millennium Way

Length - 6.8 miles / 11.1 km    Ascent - 450 feet / 136 metres

Time - 3 hours 50 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

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A Warwickshire circular walk from The Throckmorton near Coughton Court, a well know National Trust property. The walk will give you a flavour of The Millennium Way taking you across mostly flat countryside with no stiles. Just under 7 miles in length, and clearly marked with the distinctive black Millennium Way circular way markers.

A - Turn right out of "The Throckmorton" pub car park and walk down the main road for 400 yards, passing the Millennium Way footpath on left and the entrance to Coughton Court. Continue, enjoying fine views of Coughton Court on your left, to reach the crossroads just a few yards past the pedestrian crossing. Turn left down Coughton Fields Lane to pass the coach entrance to Coughton Court and Throckmorton Catholic Church on left after 250 yards.

Coughton Court has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. It holds a unique place in English history with its close connections to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Continue along the lane to bear right to then cross the ford via a footbridge. Once across the footbridge cross directly over and take the wide track opposite, past the " farm access no parking" sign. You are now on The Arden Way. Continue ahead on this wide track for well over a mile. The track rises gently towards an old barn on your left. Ignore track to barn and stay ahead on the main track with hedge right to continue gently uphill. Keep ahead along uneven, muddy track until you reach the road.

B - Turn right at road and after 50 paces turn left down the lane signposted Shelfield Green. Continue along lane for nearly half a mile and at sharp right-hand bend take the footpath left to Mutton Farm, through metal gate (signed Bridleway and Heart of England Way). The track rises gently to pass the southern tip of Alne Wood on your left. Near the top of the track ignore footpath left and keep ahead to pass in front of the renovated Mutton Barn. Go through gated gap immediately ahead keeping close to hedge right and pass under power lines. Bear slightly right through gated gap to enter woodland path, then follow the Heart of England Way to continue down woodland track, which can be muddy. Emerging from the woodland, stay ahead on path with woodland on left. When you reach a solitary way post, go 20 paces further then take metal kissing gate left signed Arden Way and Heart of England Way. Entering the large field go diagonally half left towards top left-hand corner near dwellings and exit via metal kissing gate to lane. Here we leave the Heart of England Way and go left.

C - Continue past a thatched cottage right, called The Cote. Walk a further 230 yards downhill and take partially hidden footpath right up steps and through gap, then turn left to walk with hedge left parallel with road to reach corner of field. Ignore gate to road in corner of field and stay in same field, turning right and go with hedge left to find and take waymarked path left through metal kissing gate and go ahead towards wood. Go through another metal kissing gate ahead and over small footbridge maintaining line ahead on central path towards edge of wood to find way post and then track. Follow track round to the right keeping wood right and continue to reach a gap where gate has been removed. Go through the gap then diagonally left across field (waymark arrow points too far left) keeping to the edge of the young plantation. As you get closer to the hedge, stay along with hedge left to take hidden footbridge in dip (be careful here) and metal gate left. Continue ahead with wood left and on reaching road cross over, taking footpath directly ahead, to cross small stone footbridge over stream then continue through what is sometimes extremely muddy scrubland and under power lines. Continue to far left corner to find metal gate.

D - Here we join the Millennium Way, and you will be guided from here by our distinctive black and white way markers. Go left through gate keeping hedge left continuing back under power lines to exit by wooden gate. Go ahead into garden of house and stay ahead with hedge left and pond right to exit garden by gate just to the left of main entrance gate. Emerge from this gate at a junction of several tracks. With your back to the gate, go ahead veering slightly right to go up the steepest of the grassy tracks keeping tall hedge with oak trees on your right and young plantation left. Continue up with hedge right, ignoring two wide gaps right, to narrow corner gap at top of field. Take gap and go forward uphill for 40 paces when you will see twin electricity poles in mid field ahead. Continue to summit passing just to the right of these twin poles and stay forward to take gate in corner near two large trees. Go ahead with wire fence right to walk downhill and take metal gate ahead. Continue downhill with hedge right to take another metal gate then follow down between wooden fence and hedge passing to rear of cottages to reach corner metal gate. Take gate then go forward a few yards to take next metal kissing gate and turn right down road. Follow road for 250 yards to take first surfaced lane on left.

E - Pass house on right to reach the former Church of St. Leonard's Spernall. Pass church and immediately after church gate go through wooden kissing gate on your right. Go ahead across field with fence right eventually reaching metal gate to metal footbridge over River Arrow. Continue ahead close to riverbank left into the narrowing of field, past Millennium Way way post, to take kissing gate ahead. Go half right across the next field to the corner, by a half dead oak, to find gate. Take gate, turn immediately right with hedge right and a fence on your left. Go short distance to field corner, stay in field but turn left in front of gate and go with hedge right walking towards Coughton Court ahead. On reaching next corner take kissing gate and turn right into next field along a short distance with metal rail fence right to take another kissing gate, then go half left across field towards the cottages on far side to exit by kissing gate to emerge on to main road where we leave the Millennium Way by turning right, to bring you back to your start point at "The Throckmorton" for some welcome refreshment.

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