A circular walk from Packwood House, near Dorridge

A Lapworth walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 01/03/18

This delightful circular Warwickshire walk starts from Packwood House, a well known National Trust property, and is designed to give you a flavour of the Millennium Way originally devised by members of the 41 Club taking you across mostly flat countryside with just a few stiles.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 6.49km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 34m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 30m
Highest point Highest point : 131m
Lowest point Lowest point : 105m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Lapworth
Starting point Starting point : N 52.3477° / W 1.745771°
Download : GPX track

Description

(D)Turn right out of the National Trust car park, down road to pass Grove Lane, then after some 100 paces take the kissing gate L into field following the black Millennium Way waymarker to go over centre of field to kissing gate under power lines. Go ahead with hedge L to cross hidden brook and go half R to power pole in corner by trees to take kissing gate leading into churchyard of St. Giles Church. Face front door of church then go L on pathway to exit churchyard to car park. Here we leave the Millennium Way until later in the walk.

(1)Once in the car park go half R to take corner gap at wooden fence, then take kissing gate following path half R then keeping ahead with hedge R along edge of field towards exit gate directly ahead. Take kissing gate to road then through kissing opposite into field continuing ahead with hedge R to exit field by two stiles / footbridges. Go ahead with hedge R then through metal swing gate to next field then ahead with wire fence on L. Take corner stile and footbridge then head directly L to exit by stile in top L corner of field. Once over the stile go diagonally R to corner of hedge then walk with hedge L towards house directly ahead. Go through both metal gates then ahead down path keeping house on R then continue around driveway and along track keeping pond R and up towards the road.

(2)On reaching the road, turn L and after approx 100 yards take Chapel Lane on your R signposted Chadwick End. Continue down Chapel Lane passing over the railway line ignoring the first waymarked path on R then turn R into Valley Lane where you will again pick up the Millennium Way waymarker. Continue down Valley Lane, ignore road R staying ahead between tall hedges.

(3)Follow road around and just before the entrance to Valley Farm go through kissing gate L into field. Turn R with hedge R to find corner field kissing gate. Then take the next wooden kissing gate and stone bridge, over stile to field. Maintain same line ahead with hedges L to follow the distinctive Millennium Way waymarkers over several stiles and through two gates to finally arrive at road.

(4)Go R on road passing Station Lane over railway line then taking driveway R (The Grove). Continue along drive for 100 yards and just before house gate take passageway R to kissing gate then go with hedge L to take further kissing gate to driveway. Go R then after 10 paces go L through kissing gate into field and continue with hedge left to exit field through gate to road. Go R on road passing driveway on R to Uplands Farm, then shortly afterwards taking kissing gate L into National Trust Packwood Avenue. Go along avenue of trees to return to Packwood House. Turn R down lane which brings you back to the National Trust Car Park.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: Packwood House car park
1 : km 0.94 - alt. km 0.94 - St. Giles Church
2 : km 2.49 - alt. km 2.49 - Turn left along road
3 : km 3.64 - alt. km 3.64 - Turn left into field
4 : km 4.59 - alt. km 4.59 - Turn right along road
D/A : km 6.49 - alt. km 6.49 - Finish: Packwood House car park

Useful Information

The car park at Packwood House opens from 10.30am to 5.30pm all year.

Contributors Website or Email - http://walking.41club.org

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

See map and elevation chart

During the walk or to do/see around

The earliest record of Packwood, southeast of Solihull, is in a deed dated 1190 witnessed by Walter, chaplain of Packwood, and is evidence that there was priest and no doubt a church. The present church of St Giles dates from the latter part of the 13th century (1270-80) and stands secluded and peaceful in fields, with Church Farm and Packwood Hall as its nearest neighbours. It was at St Giles' church on a June morning in 1706 that a Lichfield bookseller, Michael Johnson, came to marry Sara Ford. Their son, born in 1709, grew up to become Dr Samuel Johnson of literary fame. The registers actually date back to 1668 and are kept in the church safe.

Opinions and comments

Average

Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4.00/4
Routemap quality : 4.00/4
Walk interest : 3.25/4
Global average : 3.75/4

Lizrwest
Walker
on Mon 23 Apr 2018 17:06:59 CEST : Re: A circular walk from Packwood House, near Dorridge

Date of walk : 22/04/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk in beautiful countryside

Sarita J
Moderator hiker
on Thu 01 Mar 2018 10:22:52 CET : Re: A circular walk from Packwood House, near Dorridge

Thanks for the suggestion, I've made the changes to the walk! Best wishes, Sarita

philms
Walker
on Tue 27 Feb 2018 18:50:09 CET : Re: A circular walk from Packwood House, near Dorridge

Hi, certainly.

Instead of
Go through metal gate then ahead down path keeping house on R then continue around driveway and along track keeping pond R and up towards the road.

How about:
Go through both metal gates then ahead down path keeping house on R then continue around driveway and along track keeping pond R and up towards the road.

Best wishes

Mike

Sarita J
Moderator hiker
on Tue 27 Feb 2018 15:41:51 CET : Re: A circular walk from Packwood House, near Dorridge

Thank you for your feedback. Could you suggest how we could rewrite the wording of the walk description, regarding the two gates? I'm sure it would be useful for future walkers

philms
Walker
on Mon 26 Feb 2018 10:47:42 CET : Re: A circular walk from Packwood House, near Dorridge

Date of walk : 26/02/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Our first experience with a walk from Hikideas.co.uk and we were very pleased with the quality of the instructions and really enjoyed the walk.

One very small point. In the last sentence of the (1) paragraph it mentions only one metal gate to go through and there are two gates which confused us for a few minutes. Some other walkers then pointed us in the right direction.

Thanks

HarrietB
Walker
on Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:47:24 CET : Re: A circular walk from Packwood House, near Dorridge

Date of walk : 18/11/17
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

A lovely little walk through the Warwickshire countryside. Very clear instructions except for one section in which the stile was completed obscured by a massive hedge so required a small detour through a field with a horse! Other than that, almost perfect instructions - really enjoyed it!

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