Walk 3712 - printer friendly version
Leek Wootton & Woodloes Park Circular Walk
Author - Millennium Way
Length - 7.1 miles / 11.5 km
Ascent - 350 feet / 106 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SP278696
Lat 52.3237990 + Long -1.5935348
Postcode CV8 1NL (approx. location only)
A Warwickshire circular walk with no stiles, along quiet lanes. The terrain is mostly flat and passes through some attractive woodland, open countryside, and also follows a section of the Grand Union Canal. The walk follows sections of the Millennium Way.
A - Park in the lay-by on Rouncil Lane. With your back to the lay-by and facing the road, go left up road past the 50mph sign and after approx. 200 yards turn left along concrete driveway towards Goodrest Farm. Here you have joined the Millennium Way and you will see the distinctive black way marker which will guide you for the first section of the walk. Go past dwellings on right and go ahead until you reach a kissing gate on left. Take kissing gate and walk with wire fence on left to take another kissing gate a few yards in from the field corner. Bear slightly left gently downhill to cross over small bridge then bear right uphill to find a solitary way post. Here we take the right-hand footpath which is clearly waymarked (do not take path left onto golf course). Stay ahead keeping fence & trees left. Continue on to take corner kissing gate by bench into a large field. Stay ahead keeping hedge and trees left, passing a small pond left and then another right to eventually pass an old wooden gate. Ignore mid hedge kissing gate/path on left to continue ahead under power lines along winding narrow path to take metal gated gap into wood (this area can be very muddy so be prepared in wet weather).
B - Follow lovely woodland path to emerge alongside golf course on left. Stay ahead on track keeping hedge and trees right and pylons left. Go right of corner pylon and then through hedge gap and stay on narrow track along edge of fenced field to find and take metal kissing gate. Continue directly ahead passing large mound left. Bear left through shrubbery to emerge in large field. Go slightly left to pass under telegraph lines with Woodloes Farm over on right. At junction with farm track turn left and follow track to junction with lane. Go right on lane and follow over A46 (Kenilworth Bypass) to arrive at main A429.
C - If you wish to visit the Saxon Mill at Guy's Cliffe go left on main road for 400 yards, otherwise go right on road to continue the walk. Go directly across a roundabout, then past an M&S shop and petrol station staying ahead to come to a canal bridge. Just before the bridge take path right to join towpath (Here we leave the Millennium Way). Turn right onto towpath keeping the canal on left. Stay along towpath under bridges 49a and 49b. Go past locks, where you can go across canal to the Cape of Good Hope pub, and when you reach bridge No 50, just past a large block of apartments, leave the towpath and go right up some steps to reach the road.
D - Turn right on road to reach T-junction (Wedgnock Lane) and turn right. After 350 yards, after the Volvo Headquarters and just before road swings right, cross over and go left up surfaced lane signed Prospect Farm & Barn. At the rise you will cross the bridge over the A46. Stay along the private lane for a considerable distance, ignoring road right, walking uphill and past Prospect Farm and a couple of small attractive cottages on your right until you come to the far end of a wood on left. Here you will find a way post with several bridleway way marks.
E - Turn right here through a wide gap / metal gate. You will keep in this direction for quite a while. Go along edge of field with hedge and trees left. Stay along field side track to pass through another wide gap / metal gate. When you reach a kink in the track go left and right and stay on same line but now with hedge and trees right. Stay ahead with hedge right passing through metal gate and under power cables then through another metal gate towards farm buildings. Keep to left of farm building to find metal gate on right. Take gate to surfaced track and bear left to go along the track. After 150 yards you will come to and take a kissing gate right, which you took earlier in Section A. At this point we re-join The Millennium Way for just 200 yards. Walk with wire fence on left to take another kissing gate a few yards in from the field corner. Bear slightly left gently downhill to cross over a small bridge and this time we bear left up to a solitary way post, leaving the Millennium Way and go left to take metal kissing gate into wood. Stay forward for a while along woodland path with golf course appearing on right. Cross a wooden bridge over stream and continue along woodland path to eventually reach a way post. Go left and, after 30 yards, left again at a second way post and through a hedge gap into field. Stay across field under power lines to exit by kissing gate with no gate, which will bring you back to your starting point at the lay-by. A short drive back into Leek Wootton will take you to The Anchor Inn for refreshments.