Edge Hill & Ratley from Radway

A Radway walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 13/09/16

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.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.43mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 748ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 755ft
Highest point Highest point : 709ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 387ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Radway
Starting point Starting point : N 52.131912° / W 1.456363°
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(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.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Start: Radway village
1 : mi 0.75 - alt. mi 0.75 - Turn left along King John's lane
2 : mi 2.26 - alt. mi 2.26 - Turn right along road
3 : mi 3.52 - alt. mi 3.52 - Turn left through village
D/A : mi 5.43 - alt. mi 5.43 - Finish: Radway village

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

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.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.72/5
Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 3.5/5
Walk interest : 4.17/5

Admin hiker
on Mon 08 Jul 2019 11:52:33 CEST

We are really sorry about this experience.

Hikideas's mobile app is coming soon and will be very helpful to find the right way on each step thanks to the GPS. I would recommend to give it a try !

on Mon 08 Jul 2019 10:05:29 CEST

Global average : 2.33 / 5

Date of walk : 07/07/19
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Average

We did not have ord survey map to reference to So reliant on word instruction and map. Ok out of Radway, the hill up kings John lane appears never ending even for a regular gym goer and very boggy in patches, would question easy walk! At the top of the climb it say too go left on centenary way, however the only sign was to go straight on or a bridle path, we went both ways which ended up incorrect and ended up on a two mile detour to get into Edgehill, once in Edgehill we couldn’t find where we should have come out but using the map managed to eventually find the battlefield trail, poor instructions re field path junction at SP378470 as no clear junction so we ended up walking straight across a field with a very angry looking bull!!

Due to the detour we found time limited and based on the poor instructions we decided to skip 2 and just head straight to Jacobs ladder and the last fields,

All pathways were poorly signed, where there was a sign this was hidden in undergrowth and possibly reason we couldn’t follow directions. No way of telling what was a path in fields as all overgrown.

As the battle field is encased in trees you don’t get to see it on this route.

To help pleasure walkers like ourselves a little more detail around number of fields crossed, the direction of “straight” if you are going to put across a road through fields to reach a road, it would be helpful to know how many fields and any pointers to know you have the right road.

This is the second walk of yours we have attempted and we had similar issue with the previous one as number of fields and stiles was incorrect on that one.

on Thu 07 Mar 2019 12:42:19 CET

Yes - on the same track, but anti-clockwise.

Admin hiker
on Thu 07 Mar 2019 12:23:24 CET

Hi @crawfordle,
We are sorry to read that. Feel free to give us any recommendations to improve the description quality.

on Tue 05 Mar 2019 09:57:46 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 13/02/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Started at the Rose and Crown in Ratley. Hilly walk, "moderately strenuous" for some older brethren. Beautiful views and lots of variety. Radway, a quintessential English village. Very muddy climb back to Ratley, however. Most enjoyable.

on Fri 08 Feb 2019 10:21:42 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 06/02/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

After Tues rain, this Wednesday walk turned out to be very boggy, especially climbing from Radway to Edge Hill.
Lots of variety on the walk, but the hills will challenge most people. The battlefield is not accessible on this route, but the views are spectacular.

on Mon 17 Sep 2018 13:03:52 CEST

Global average : 2 / 5

Date of walk : 17/09/18
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.

Moderator hiker
on Mon 09 Jul 2018 15:24:04 CEST

Many thanks for your feedback. If you have any suggestions of clearer wording for the walk, please do let us know

on Mon 09 Jul 2018 10:20:38 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 09/07/18
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.

Moderator hiker
on Mon 14 May 2018 20:02:35 CEST

Many thanks for your feedback. If you have any suggestions of how we could improve the walk description, please let us know and we can update it for future walkers

on Mon 14 May 2018 09:04:12 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 14/05/18
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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