Walk 3711 - printer friendly version
Heronfield & Temple Balsall Circular Walk
Author - Millennium Way
Length - 7.2 miles / 11.7 km
Ascent - 300 feet / 91 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SP192749
Lat 52.3718120 + Long -1.7194127
Postcode B93 0EB (approx. location only)
A Warwickshire circular walk, mostly flat, across open countryside, through farmland with some five stiles (mostly dog friendly). The walk starts at Heronfield, south of Knowle. The Millennium Way section is clearly waymarked with the distinctive black and white circular way markers.
During the early part of the walk, you will follow a short section of the Millennium Way along the Grand Union Canal and, after walking some delightful open countryside, will re-join it at Temple Balsall (Point E). Here you may wish to take a short detour to visit the church of St Mary at Temple Balsall which has connections with the Knights Templar.
A - We start our walk from The Black Boy public house. From the left-hand car park (left of pub, bridge & recycling bins) take gap to canal towpath and go left along canal side following the distinctive black Millennium Way way marker. Continue under bridge 68 and when you reach bridge 67 go left, to take kissing gate to field. (Here we leave the Millennium Way for the time being).
B - Go ahead into field keeping hedge left to cross footbridge over stream. Continue across next field between fences towards pylon, then pass under power lines to take metal kissing gate ahead and continue along wide grassy path which soon becomes a farm track. Keep ahead to take metal kissing gate to lane. Go left on road (Arbour Tree Lane) and stay on lane which bends sharply right by Netherwood Lodge Farm to reach the main Warwick Road. Go left on main road, past Arbour Tree Farm then cross over when safe to take waymarked path right, just on the bend. After passing through the two gates stay ahead keeping hedge right for 100 paces. Where the hedge ends and the path veers left, look for metal railings/stile on your right (as of July 2020 this stile is broken and difficult to see). Take this stile or climb over metal railings into very large field then go immediately left continuing line, to go along the edge of the field keeping railings then hedge left. Cross far corner stiles to lane and go left for 100 paces to take kissing gate right and continue along between fence and hedge. Take the next kissing gate, then ahead with fence and hedge right. Take waymarked metal gate into next field then over stile and continue ahead with hedge right. Exit field by metal gate and go left along lane to pass Chadwick Barns on left and when you reach the junction turn right and continue down lane. Cross the ford and continue gently up the lane to find public footpath by two metal kissing gates on left.
C - Take both kissing gates and go ahead into field then ahead with hedge and fence right to take metal kissing gate and footbridge in corner of field. Continue right with hedge right walking gently uphill. At top corner of field ignore kissing gate right and go left, continuing down field with hedge right. (You have now joined The Heart of England Way). Soon you will bear slightly right through corner copse then go gently downhill with hedge left until you reach hedge corner. Go ahead across field, over ditch then continue uphill across the middle of next field. On reaching the waymarked post go directly ahead to reach surfaced track and continue with hedge right until you reach the road.
D - Go right on road and a few paces past Barracks Cottage go immediately left along signposted path to continue along The Heart of England Way. Go along narrow path with ditch right and fence left to emerge into large field, continuing ahead with hedge right. Stay ahead through next gap and go with hedge right towards pylons in far distance. Take boarded gap into next field to eventually reach crossroads of paths (here we re-join The Millennium Way) where we turn left, staying in the same field, continuing along with hedge right for just under 1/2 mile to reach road.
E - Turn right down road and after approx. 100 paces turn left down surfaced track then through metal gate facing you (do not go right yet) and down farm track. Follow farm track around bends then, after a sharp right just before farmhouse entrance, take waymarked stile left to go on track parallel to power lines. Cross small stream to next field staying parallel to power lines and follow track into next field as it bears left (guided by the Millennium Way way markers). Go with hedge left to kissing gate at end of fields to reach road. Turn right on road for a short distance to junction, then go right on Chadwick Lane and on reaching house with large pond turn left on path to right of driveway. This leads to an enclosed track which at times can be very muddy. However, you will find a couple of elevated walkways on your left which can now be used to bypass some of the muddy areas. Continue down to reach a farm track then turn right. Go under power lines and where the track turns right go ahead through gate and follow path past The Dial House to main road. At the road turn left and after some 250 paces take driveway right back to The Black Boy Inn.