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 : 6.09mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 82ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 72ft
Highest point Highest point : 295ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 213ft
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 : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Parking opposite Duck on the Pond public house
1 : mi 0.64 - alt. mi 0.64 - Go right to cross road bridge
2 : mi 1.46 - alt. mi 1.46 - Cross bridge and turn left
3 : mi 2.29 - alt. mi 2.29 - Go left along Ridgeway Lane
4 : mi 3.23 - alt. mi 3.23 - Turn left and follow towpath
D/A : mi 6.09 - alt. mi 6.09 - 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 : 4.4/5
Number of opinions : 20
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.2/5


Walker
on Mon 12 Aug 2019 17:49:05 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 05/08/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Average

A good walk. Helpful description and good signposts. The canal part of the walk is quite long as you meet the canal at bridge 30 and walk to bridge 25, but note there are two bridges 24 (a) and (b). If the weather has been at all wet it will be very muddy and you will need sturdy boots. Lots of dragonfly’s on the canal and a choice of pubs at the end of the walk.


Walker
on Tue 28 May 2019 14:45:24 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 24/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

we completed this walk on 24-May, it is a lovely walk to appreciate the tranquil beauty of the countryside. The initial marker for Millennium Way seems to have gone missing, but it is fairly obvious where you are supposed to go. The canal was extremely quiet on our day , so not much to look at but the wildlife, butterflies and dragonflies were making the most of it. Excellent lunch at Two Boats to finish.


Walker
on Mon 20 May 2019 17:19:03 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 19/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Route instructions were very good and the walk was quiet for the first part and then a bit busier along the canal, but equally nice.


Walker
on Mon 13 May 2019 09:07:58 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 29/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

An excellent walk with well-signed paths, plenty of variation and a lovely walk along the Grand Union Canal to take you back to Long Itchington. The Two Boats pub on the canal (just the other side of Bridge 25) is recommended for a drink or meal before completing the last half-mile back into the centre of the village. We parked outside The Harvester inn and walked part the Co-operative store to commence our walk in Bascote Road. There's plenty of parking along there or near the church.


Walker
on Thu 25 Apr 2019 01:42:12 CEST

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 25/04/19
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Average

I found parking on The Green a little difficult in as much that the parking area seemed intended for a fairly new small housing development nearby. So I started from SHORT LANE making sure I did not block any driveways! This is right next to the gap between the houses. All went well until I crossed the railway line and when the way markers indicted left even though the route advised right. Turing right as requested meant that I could not follow the described path across the field as the filed was growing vegetables at this time of the year. So, I did turn left and followed the field edge with the perimeter hedge on my left. Landmark - double telegraph pole on the perimeter of the field on the left. Once reaching the far left corner of the field I had to decide whether I followed the perimeter of the field towards a farm yard or tackle a ditch (possibly sometimes a small stream) and clamber over a typical metal filed gate. I decided the latter. With my schwelt and toned body I was able to take the wobbling gate in my stride ( that was in 1968 at 21) - in real life I wobbled to the top and fell on to a soft landing of grass by the side of the narrow lane. Fortunately the farmer in a field opposite didn't witness my plight. I brushed myself down and turned right along the narrow lane and eventrually turned left onto the unadopted Ridgeway Lane. I imagine this rough surface route could be a problem in wet weather as it undultated along its route towards the Grand Union. As usual the Canal provided a 4/5 km walk of real calm with the newly budding trees enjoying a chance to grow on a sunny Easter Tuesday morning.A very easy walk - save for my tumble, Ensure you note way markers. Walk on 23.4.19


Walker
on Mon 22 Apr 2019 12:19:07 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 21/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk through different environments, the weather was great but I would expect it to be quite muddy in wet weather. Great scenery and plenty of Pubs to choose from at the end of the walk.


Walker
on Mon 08 Apr 2019 09:46:27 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 30/03/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Stage 2-3 went off a little. Possibly tampering of the way markers


Walker
on Mon 01 Apr 2019 12:18:56 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 31/03/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely varied walk.


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.

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