A Warwickshire walk that is full of interest, visiting some pretty villages and the attractive escarpment of Ege Hill with fine views to the north. The route also uses sections of the Battlefields Trail and Centenary Way long distance footpaths.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A)The start of the walk is the village of Radway at the foot of the escarpment where limited on street parking is available (grid ref. SP371482). After parking and making sure you are not causing inconvenience to local residents, walk south-west through the village towards the parish church. Where the road bends to the right, continue straight ahead down a lane for approximately 200 metres to locate a signed footpath on your right at the right hand end of a row of houses (grid ref. SP368478). This leads south-west across fields to reach King John's lane (grid ref. SP366474).
(1)Turn left and walk on a rising path that climbs the escarpment and enters woodland. At the top of the climb turn left onto the Centenary Way (grid ref. SP369470). After 600 metres you reach a path junction with the Battlefields Trail (grid ref. SP373474). Turn right to reach a road. Cross the road to continue down an enclosed path to another road. Turn right and in a short way take the footpath on your left (grid ref. SP375472) remaining on the Battlefields Trail. This leads across two fields with the hedge to your left to reach a path junction (grid ref. SP378470). Turn left here and continue with the Battlefields Trail passing Manor Farm on your right to reach the road in Ratley (grid ref. SP382473).
(2)Turn right and follow the road. Just after the church (on your right) the road bends sharp right (grid ref. SP384473). Here a track goes half left. Leave the track as it bends left and continue ahead on the signed path which descends across fields into a shallow valley before climbing again to pass Camp Barn Farm on your right to reach a road (grid ref. SP392481). Cross the road with care and follow the onward path as it descends through scattered trees and continues to reach the road through Arlescote village (grid ref. SP389486).
(3)Turn left through the village and take the first footpath on your left. This is the Centenary Way and it is followed across a road and through fields to reach a road in Ratley village (grid ref. SP380474). Turn right along the road to a T-junction. Take the footpath opposite and descend through trees to reach a path junction after approximately 150 metres. Turn right (north-west) and follow the path across a large field to reach the road in Radway.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: Radway village
1 : km 1.2 - alt. km 1.2 - Turn left along King John's lane
2 : km 3.63 - alt. km 3.63 - Turn right along road
3 : km 5.66 - alt. km 5.66 - Turn left through village
D/A : km 8.74 - alt. km 8.74 - Finish: Radway village
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Edge Hill is part of a steep escarpment and is famous for the battle during the English Civil War in 1642 which was fought nearby.
Global average : 3.44/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 3/5
Routemap quality : 3.33/5
Walk interest : 4/5
Global average : 2 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Very disappointing
Walk interest : Average
The description looked good before we went but once on the walk the Public Footpath signs were very limited and not great for walking over farmers fields! There was no path and I don't know how this would work if the fields weren't recently ploughed.
We couldn't see specific gates or anything to aim for and just felt a bit awkward.
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Global average : 4 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good
We got a bit lost in Ratley as we found the instructions on getting from the church to the footpath very confusing. Perhaps they could be reworded. We ended up adding a couple of miles to the walk because of this but it wasnt a major issue.
When joining tbe centenary way towards the end of the walk we found the route hard to follow as the landowners are not making any attempt to show which way the path goes and after climbing the first hill and crossing the road we were confronted by a large crop with no obvious pathway and no signage so we ended up walking Long the road back to Radway.
The pubs en route were fantastic. The castle at edgecliff offers great views across the valley and the rose and crown at Ratley did fabulous sunday lunches.
All in all a great walk.
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Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good
Loved the walk - the countryside is so beautiful and you discover secret valleys and amazing vistas. The map was clear but the descriptions don't quite describe the route sufficiently and we made several mistakes having to be put right by kind landowners. You should also be aware that you are crossing several livestock fields - including one fairly aggressive sheep herd in one - so if you have nervous walkers amongst you, it's good to be aware. However, a beautiful walk for a beautiful sunny May day.
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