Circular Walk from Kenilworth Castle
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Walk Route Description
This Warwickshire circular walk starts at historic Kenilworth Castle and continues across flat farmland & open countryside, with many attractive views. There are no stiles, and the walk is dog friendly apart from some farm livestock. There is a free car park by the Castle, almost opposite the Queen & Castle pub, but if this is full you can also park at the pay & display Castle car park which is located just off Castle Road (B4103) behind Kenilworth Castle, and start your walk from the end of the service road mentioned in the text below. For part of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way way markers.
A - Park in the free car park opposite Castle Green near to the Queen & Castle pub (dog friendly) or in the pub car park (pay & display). From the lower end of the free car park take the wooden kissing gate and walk around the perimeter path of the castle, climb a few steps to reach the Castle Entrance approach, then go left to pass the ticket office. Go over the bridge then at the service road go right to pass the car park on your left. Stay on service road, ignoring first footpath lower right, and after some 50 paces you will reach a solitary way post and see the first distinctive black Millennium Way waymarked. Here turn left and go up the track through short stretch of woodland to reach a wide gap with adjacent gate right. Take gap and immediately go half right to take a gate leading onto grassy passage signposted Rouncil Lane 1.25 miles. After 150 yards you reach a solitary way post on right. Here we leave The Millennium Way for the time being to continue straight ahead keeping hedge right. Continue along to take metal gate and exit next large field by metal kissing gate. Keep to right hand path and stay with hedge right, then go through gap in corner of field and ahead keeping hedge left. Just before end of field go through metal gate left and continue with hedge left. On reaching hedge corner stay ahead across centre of field to take wide gap in distance. Stay slightly right across field towards white house, partially obscured by trees, to find and take kissing gate to farm track. Turn right and continue under power lines to reach main road.
B - Stay ahead to pass Brook Cottages on left and where road bends sharp left go ahead to take footpath right through metal kissing gate into field staying ahead with fence left. The track continues between fences eventually to bear left to corner kissing gate. Take kissing gate and bear slightly right through scrub to take wooden footbridge over brook, then through kissing gate to turn left. Keep hedge & brook left. Take next bridge left over brook and then ahead through metal gate and up next field. Take the next gate ahead then turn immediately right along bridleway keeping hedge right. Continue through gated hedge gap eventually to reach field corner. Take metal gate right, under power lines, then follow blue bridleway marker into right hand field to go left and continue on cinder track with hedge left to end of field. At the end of the field, by large metal gate, turn right along field bridleway (do not be tempted to continue on cinder path to Deer Park Farm) but continue with hedge and fence right. Go through corner metal gate and ahead with hedge and fence right to reach field corner gate.
C - Take the gate and go immediately left to continue gently up farm track between trees ahead. Stay ahead on surfaced track, past Deer Park Farm entrance left and when you reach the corner of wood ahead go left through metal gate and continue down wide bridleway keeping hedge left. Eventually pass through large metal gate on left and continue on same line now with hedge right to pass under power lines. Stay ahead to pass left of farm buildings and take metal gate right following bridleway sign. After a few steps go left and stay along surfaced track leaving Goodrest Farm behind you. After approx. 200 yards you will pass a way post & gate on your right at which point The Millennium Way re-joins our circuit. Do not take this gate, just stay ahead on surfaced track to reach the junction with Rouncil Lane.
D - Go right on lane for 50 paces and take metal gate left. Go with hedge right and wooden fence left to follow field edge cinder track and exit by corner gap. Stay ahead with hedge right to exit via metal gate then ahead with hedge right to end of field. Take metal gate then ahead to pass Oaks Farm to find corner concrete bridge. Cross bridge to find metal gate ahead. Take gate, then ahead, across field, to take second metal gate. Stay ahead with fence right (ignore kissing gate right to playing fields) to take metal gate then ahead with hedge right to eventually pass dew pond reaching a solitary way post just ahead - you have now joined your outward route. Go right here along wide grassy corridor between hedge left and fence right to exit by gate to driveway. Go left down drive taking gap next to metal gate descending gently down woodland drive to junction then go right to pass car park. Go left towards castle entrance, retracing your steps on the outward route, past ticket office, descend steps on right just in front of castle entrance and continue around perimeter footpath to arrive back at a wooden kissing gate leading to the car park with the Queen & Castle pub opposite. There are tearooms close by as well.
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Recommended Books & eBooks
The End to End Trail
Map and Compass
An instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.