Grand Union Canal and Beacon Hill from Napton-on-the-Hill

A Napton on the Hill walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 21/06/18

A Warwickshire walk full of interest. The route passes a restored windmill, follows two sections of canal and visits the summit of Beacon Hill which offers good views across the surrounding countryside.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h50[?]
Distance Distance : 7.53mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 472ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 479ft
Highest point Highest point : 682ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 305ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Napton on the Hill
Starting point Starting point : N 52.247465° / W 1.319653°
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Description

(D/A)The Warwickshire countryside is never dramatic but often full of interest and this walk is no exception. The start is the village of Napton-on-the-Hill located just south of the A425 between Southam and Daventry. Limited on street parking is available (grid ref. SP465612) and you are asked not to inconvenience local residents. The walk starts from the junction of Hackwell Street (the main road through the village) and School Hill. From this junction take the enclosed footpath north to reach a track/lane. Turn left and follow this byway passing the parish church on your left and continuing along a driveway which leads to a house with a restored windmill on top of Napton Hill. Before reaching the house and windmill, which is private property, turn right onto the footpath which follows a rather convoluted route to reach a lane (grid ref. SP453613) passing an industrial area on the right.

(1)Turn right along the lane, cross the canal and turn right onto the towpath along the Oxford Canal. You are now on the Oxford Canal Walk which is followed under the A425, and another two side roads to reach Napton Marina on your right. Continue past these moorings to reach the larger Wigrams Turn Marina, also on your right, and Napton Junction where the Grand Union Canal comes in from the left (grid ref. SP468625). Cross the footbridge over the Grand Union Canal and turn left. You are now heading north with the Grand Union Canal on your immediate left. Away to your left are Napton Reservoirs and you soon reach the first of the Calcutt Locks (grid ref. SP468633).

(2)Leave the towpath here by taking the footpath on the right. This path leads across a field with the hedge line on your left to reach a junction with a bridleway (grid ref. SP469636). Turn right onto this bridleway and continue for about a kilometre to join the access drive to Calcutt House Farm. Keep straight ahead and join a lane which is followed for a further 800 metres to reach the canal. Do not cross the canal bridge, but turn left and follow the canal towpath (canal to your right) to a footbridge (grid ref. SP488628). Cross this footbridge and continue along the path into the village of Lower Shuckbrough and the main A425 road.

(3)Cross this road with care and take the footpath opposite. The onward path heads south east skirting Park Lane Farm to climb steadily onto the Shuckbrough Hills. Reaching a junction of paths (grid ref. SP495617) bear right and continue to head southwest towards the summit of Beacon Hill with its trig point (grid ref. SP489609). At the corner of the woodland, turn right and descend across fields past Halls Barn Farm to a lane (grid ref. SP483610). Turn left along the lane almost immediately take the footpath on your right. This crosses the first field half left and continues across further fields, through the campsite to reach a lane (grid ref. SP472610). Cross this lane and continue on the path following a similar direction past a lake and through another field and out onto a lane (grid ref. SP469611). Cross the road and take the footpath opposite. Almost immediately take the footpath on your left, go half left across a field, follow the byway to the right, and at the junction turn left back to the starting point in Napton-on-the-Hill.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Start: junction of Hackwell St and School Hill
1 : mi 0.92 - alt. mi 0.92 - Turn right along lane
2 : mi 2.84 - alt. mi 2.84 - Calcutt Locks: take footpath on right
3 : mi 4.5 - alt. mi 4.5 - Lower Shuckbrough: cross road, take path opposite
D/A : mi 7.53 - alt. mi 7.53 - Finish: junction of Hackwell St and School Hill

Useful Information

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.4/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 4.4/5
Routemap quality : 4.4/5
Walk interest : 4.4/5


Walker
on Mon 13 May 2019 15:50:47 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 13/05/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A nice walk with friends easy to follow
Canal path , open fields and woodland areas
Interesting plants and views of stately home and deer in park
😎👍


Walker
on Tue 11 Sep 2018 11:44:05 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

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

Good directions along this walk. Lots of interest along the canal. The windmill can be seen in the distance on the hill and the village of Napton has some lovely houses with great views.


Walker
on Mon 06 Aug 2018 16:39:49 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 06/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Good walk. You can get a good coffee and cake at the post office / coffee shop in Napton.

Note, towpath is uneven in places and overgrown.


Moderator hiker
on Thu 21 Jun 2018 15:35:34 CEST

Many thanks for your feedback on this walk. We have made the changes you suggested to the walk description to improve it for future walkers. Please feel free to post any photos too if you have any


Walker
on Mon 18 Jun 2018 14:48:23 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 18/06/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A very enjoyable walk. Please note that whilst the map is clear, At point 2, after leaving the towpath and crossing a field to reach a junction with a bridle way, it might be clearer to say turn right onto the bridleway. In addition at the very end when reaching the lane at grid ref SP472610, the path goes into the campsite and goes to the right of the lake. Once across the next field I was not able to take the left footpath as extremely overgrown. On reaching the byway you cannot cross the next field as they are building houses and I followed the byway back to the main road and starting point.
Parking was okay on the road but there is also parking by the church, although obviously may not be available when church in use. Finally several fields full of cows and their calves. Some of the mothers did not like anyone crossing their field and I had to find an alternative route on one occasion!!!
Overall a very enjoyable walk


Walker
on Mon 07 May 2018 09:04:47 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 07/05/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Thoroughly enjoyable route, with different terrain and landscapes to enjoy..

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