A circular walk from Long Itchington

A Long Itchington walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 20/11/18

Starting from Long Itchington with its many pubs, this Warwickshire walk explores some delightful countryside and a section of the Grand Union Canal. The walk also follows a section of the Millenium Way.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h50[?]
Distance Distance : 9.8km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 25m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 22m
Highest point Highest point : 90m
Lowest point Lowest point : 65m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Long Itchington
Starting point Starting point : N 52.284028° / W 1.394094°
Download :
Holy Trinity Church The Two Boats Inn The Two Boats Inn Return to Long Itchington

Description

(D)This delightful circular walk starts from the parking area next to the phone box, immediately across from The Duck on the Pond public house in Long Itchington. Emerging from the pub car park, cross the road into Leamington Road keeping the large duck pond to your right, turning left to walk down Church Road. You will pass The Harvester pub on your left, then The Holy Trinity Church to turn left into Bascote Road. Here you have joined The Millennium Way. Cross bridge over river and after 70m turn right (waymarked with the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker) and go down to cross stile into field. Continue down centre of field (ignore kissing gate left) and continue ahead with river right to take far mid fence kissing gate by river bridge to small road.

(1)Go right to cross road bridge and pass 30mph signs following road round to arrive at T-junction, then go left on Short Lane and at end of first house garden take passageway left. At end of passageway take kissing gate and go half left across field to find gap by pumping station. Take gap and metal gate going ahead with farm buildings to your right to exit by stile into field. Keep ahead across field keeping hedge right to field corner and head in the direction of brick bridge but taking kissing gate right in hedge gap. Keep stream on your left and after some 110 paces carefully look for a difficult to see waymark into the woods. Follow path through woods with river left to cross tubular bridge.

(2)After crossing the bridge turn left and after 20 paces go through metal gate to cross over disused railway line then metal gate to field. Go left round field for 60 paces to come to field corner. Stop. Go 3/4 right across field, under power lines to find mid hedge gap by telegraph pole. Take gap and go 1/2 left across next field towards distant white house to take mid fence stile. Continue ahead maintaining line to exit by telegraph pole to road. Go right on road and some 200 paces before white house go left through metal gate along unclassified road known as Ridgeway Lane.

(3)Continue ahead towards wood on well marked track with hedge left to reach road. Cross road then continue along track, turn left on to canal towpath just before the bridge. You are now walking along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal.

(4)Continue along towpath passing Bascote Locks until you reach Bridge 25. Do not pass under bridge but look out for the small brick-built cubicle next to the towpath. Go behind the cubicle to take a kissing gate leading into a paddock. Cross paddock, and take two further kissing gates on either side of a farm track. Go ahead over field to exit by kissing gate and ahead over field towards a modern white house in the distance with a distinctive rear projection and find kissing gate. Take corner kissing gate, and turn left to follow a made up lane serving private houses. In a few hundred metres, this lane (Thorn Way) gives into an open area known as The Square. Exit square and go right passing The Harvester Inn on the right, follow along road with slight bend to the right to retrace your steps back into the village to find the Duck on the Pond public house.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Parking opposite Duck on the Pond public house
1 : km 1.02 - alt. km 1.02 - Go right to cross road bridge
2 : km 2.35 - alt. km 2.35 - Cross bridge and turn left
3 : km 3.69 - alt. km 3.69 - Go left along Ridgeway Lane
4 : km 5.2 - alt. km 5.2 - Turn left and follow towpath
D/A : km 9.8 - alt. km 9.8 - Parking opposite Duck on the Pond public house

Useful Information

This delightful circular walk starts from The Duck on the Pond public house in Long Itchington. The village is named after the river Itchen which flows to the south and west of the village. Long Itchington is located around two miles north of Southam on the A423 and has a choice of no less than seven pubs including the Duck on the Pond. Just south of the village is the Grand Union Canal. In the village you will find an interesting half timbered Tudor house where Queen Elizabeth I is said to have stayed in 1572 & 1575. The old "Manor House" in the square dates from the 15th century.

During the first half of the walk you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way before turning south on Ridgeway Lane, just before Snowford Lodge, eventually to return via a lovely section of the Grand Union Canal. The walk is just over 6 miles.

Note that this walk can be fairly muddy when done in wet weather!

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.39/5
Number of opinions : 12
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.17/5


Walker
on Mon 03 Dec 2018 12:21:06 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 03/12/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We took this route yesterday and made one mistake due to it was getting darker. We didn't go through metal gates before distant white house but turned right. You'd still need to carry on straight and eventually you would bump into incredible bridge we thought is Bridge 25 (quite an epic name). By time we were supposed to find brick built cubicle it got completely dark and the only option was to open google maps and see that long Itchington is 1hr away. We decided to use disused railway to get back, took us around 40 minutes to get back onto Bascote road. Time spent well and next time we'll do original route


Moderator hiker
on Tue 20 Nov 2018 14:19:18 CET

Many thanks for your feedback about parking by the Duck on the Pond pub. We've added these parking details to the walk description for future walkers


Walker
on Mon 12 Nov 2018 14:26:53 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 12/11/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great Warwickshire countryside walk, easy to follow route. Please note that The Duck on the Pond pub is closed till at least after Christmas and the owners request that the car park is not used by walkers. There is alternative free parking immediately across from the pub next to the phonebox.


Walker
on Sat 03 Nov 2018 19:05:34 CET

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 29/10/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

Beautiful weather for the end of October, so not muddy for us.
The one thing to note is that although there are the pubs in Long Itchington there are no ‘facilities’ en route until you reach the end of the Grand Union Canal section (2 pubs) if the Bascote Locks shop\cafe is shut.


Walker
on Tue 11 Sep 2018 11:37:11 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 11/09/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Lots of interest along the canal


Walker
on Mon 16 Jul 2018 10:28:05 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 16/07/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk and well described. Just wanted to reiterate that the towpath is still overgrown in parts. Nearly had to get on my hands amd knees to get through sections.


Walker
on Thu 12 Jul 2018 14:16:33 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 07/07/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Average

Good walk. Tow path overgrown in place, but ok if you walk in single file.


Walker
on Mon 26 Mar 2018 11:54:12 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 26/03/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk, very quiet. Instructions excellent, clear, accurate and easy to follow


Walker
on Thu 15 Feb 2018 19:52:57 CET

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 15/02/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Average

We didn't get lost which speaks volumes for the directions. Prepared for mud. Taking care and watching footing distracted us a little from surroundings. Vistas over fields to distant houses. Woodland and canal. Only one short hill along road and a few inclines near locks on tow path. Needless to say we often had to walk in single file. An easy enjoyable walk.


Walker
on Mon 05 Feb 2018 10:24:10 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 05/02/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Liked the walk and the variety it offered. Very muddy in patches. Like the fact that there are various paths that come off the route to shorten it / vary it as required.


Walker
on Wed 17 Jan 2018 13:52:26 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 10/01/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

good directions very muddy nice pubs on route.look forward to doing walk again in summer


Walker
on Wed 17 Jan 2018 09:53:07 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 15/01/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Average

A very nice walk around the Long Itchington and Bascott countryside, level ground, well signposted and only one stile. Very muddy through the fields at this time of year and the long stretch back to Long Itchington along the Grand Union footpath was very muddy and slippy so take care. Will be a lovely walk in the summer.


Walker
on Tue 02 Jan 2018 16:10:10 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 01/01/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

this was a great walk, with lots of variety, open fields, woods and canal towpath with a flight of locks. Unfortunately it rained so it was very muddy underfoot but apart from that it was perfect.

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