Leek Wootton

Circular Walk 33  (7 Miles)

Walk Overview

This circular has no stiles and is therefore suitable for dogs. It goes along quiet lanes, mostly flat through some attractive woodland and open countryside. It touches the outskirts of Warwick and along a section of the Grand Union Canal. The walk incorporates sections of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive black and white waymarkers.

Walk Details

  • Start: Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth near CV8 1NN
  • Start Grid Ref: SP278 696
  • Parking: Parking area on Rouncil Lane
  • Refreshments:
    • Anchor Inn CV35 7QX (01926 853355)
  • Maps: OS Explorer 221 or OS Landranger 151
  • Distance: 7 Miles
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Stiles: None
  • Download: Walk GPS (GPS Exchange Format, GPX)
  • GPS and GPX explained
  • Find a mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play

Updated February 2023

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Walk Instructions

Section A

Park in the lay-by on Rouncil Lane. With your back to the lay-by and facing the road, go left up road past the 50mph sign and after 200 yards turn left along concrete driveway towards Goodrest Farm. Here you have joined the Millennium Way and you will see our distinctive waymarkers which will guide you for the first section of the walk. Go past dwellings on right and go ahead until you reach a kissing gate on left. Take kissing gate and walk with wire fence on left to take another kissing gate a few yards in from the field corner. Bear slightly left gently downhill to cross over small bridge then bear right uphill to find a solitary waypost. Here we take the right hand footpath which is clearly waymarked (do not take path left onto golf course). Stay ahead keeping fence & trees left. Continue on to take corner kissing gate by bench into a large field. Stay ahead keeping hedge and trees left, passing a small pond left and then another right to eventually pass an old wooden gate. Ignore mid hedge kissing gate/path on left to continue ahead under power lines along winding narrow path to take metal gated gap into wood (this area can be very muddy so be prepared in wet weather).

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Open Country - Easy walking

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Popular pathway, but quiet

Section B

Follow lovely woodland path to emerge alongside golf course on left. Stay ahead on track keeping hedge and trees right and pylons left. Go right of corner pylon and then through hedge gap and stay on narrow track along edge of fenced field to find and take metal kissing gate. Continue directly ahead passing large mound left. Bear left through shrubbery to emerge in large field. Go slightly left to pass under telegraph lines with Woodloes Farm over on right. At junction with farm track turn left and follow track to junction with lane. Go right on lane and follow over A46 (Kenilworth Bypass) to arrive at main A429.

Section C

If you wish to visit the Saxon Mill at Guy's Cliffe go left on main road for 400 yards, otherwise go right on road to continue the walk. Go directly across a roundabout, then past an M&S shop and petrol station staying ahead to come to a canal bridge. Just before the bridge take path right to join towpath (here we leave the Millennium Way). Turn right onto towpath keeping the canal on left. Stay along towpath under bridges 49a and 49b. Go past locks, where you can go across canal to the Cape of Good Hope pub, and when you reach bridge No 50, just past a large block of apartments, leave the towpath and go right up some steps to reach the road.

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Golf - The Warwickshire GC

Section D

Turn right on road to reach T-junction (Wedgnock Lane) and turn right. After 350 yards, after the Volvo Headquarters and just before road swings right, cross over and go left up surfaced lane signed Prospect Farm & Barn. At the rise you will cross the bridge over the A46. Stay along the private lane for a considerable distance, ignoring road right, take the opening on right of the security gate and continue walking uphill and past Prospect Farm and a couple of small attractive cottages on your right until you come to the far end of a wood on left. Here you will find a way post with several bridleway way marks.

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Anchor Inn
Leek Wooton

Section E

Turn right here through a wide gap / metal gate. You will keep in this direction for quite a while. Go along edge of field with hedge and trees left. Stay along field side track to pass through another wide gap / metal gate. When you reach a kink in the track go left and right and stay on same line but now with hedge and trees right. Stay ahead with hedge right passing through metal gate and under power cables then through another metal gate towards farm buildings. Keep to left of farm building to find metal gate on right. Take gate to surfaced track and bear left to go along the track. After 150 yards you will come to and take a kissing gate right, which you took earlier in Section A (rejoining the Millennium Way for just 200 yards). Walk with wire fence on left to take another kissing gate a few yards in from the field corner. Bear slightly left gently downhill to cross over a small bridge and this time we bear left up to a solitary waypost, leaving the Millennium Way and go left to take metal kissing gate into wood. Stay forward for a while along woodland path with golf course appearing on right. Cross a wooden bridge over stream and continue along woodland path to eventually reach a waypost. Go left and, after 30 yards, left again at a second waypost and through a hedge gap into field. Stay across field under power lines to exit by kissing gate with no gate, which will bring you back to your starting point at the lay-by.  A short drive back into Leek Wootton will take you to The Anchor Inn (pictured) for refreshments.

Points of Interest - What to know and what to see...

by Andy Botherway
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Woodcote Manor

Woodcote Manor – Leek Wootton

Woodcote Manor is tucked away to the north of The Warwickshire Golf Course. Woodcote is a 19th century manor house and estate. During the Second World War it was used as a convalescent home for military personnel, notably American servicemen. It has been headquarters of Warwickshire Police since 1949. There have been plans to sell it and relocate to somewhere modern but, since West Mercia and Warwickshire forces have split, it is being retained.

The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club

Originally set up my Mike Smith, the English Cricket Captain, The Warwickshire has two 18 hole golf courses and a par 3 course, plus a hotel. It sits off the roundabout between the A46 and Leek Wootton.

Gaveston Monument on Blacklow Hill

Gaveston's Cross is located south of Leek Wootton, unfortunately on private land. It marks where Piers Gaveston1st Earl of Cornwall was murdered. In 1308 Edward II travelled to Boulogne to marry Isabella, leaving Piers Gaveston to act as regent. Resentment against Edward's rule and Gaveston's position grew and some barons began to insist Gaveston be banished. Edward could do little to prevent Gaveston being captured in 1312 under the orders of the Earl of Lancaster. He was captured by the Earl of Warwick, whom he was seen to have offended, and handed over to two Welshmen. They took him to Blacklow Hill and murdered him; one ran him through the heart with his sword and the other beheaded him.

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Gaveston Monument

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Weir and Footbridge

The Saxon Mill – weir and footbridge

Just off the circular walk, this mill was originally called Gibbeclive Mill in the 12th century. It was the property of St Mary's Abbey, Kenilworth until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It was rebuilt in 1822 and was a working mill until 1938. It was converted into a restaurant and bar in 1952. The famous restaurant has a glass window cut-away in the floor where the water can be seen flowing underneath.

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