Bearley, Edstone, Canal to Edstone Aqueduct and beyond, return to Bearley

Includes two Stratford on Avon Canal Aqueducts, Parkland and good views.

Technical sheet
No. 7793120
A Bearley walk posted on 16/04/21 by Steve Dorning. Update : 20/04/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h30[?]
Distance Distance : 7.27mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 190ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 203ft
Highest point Highest point : 417ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 230ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Bearley
Starting point Starting point : N 52.243099° / W 1.735377°
Download : -
Bluebell wood

Description

(D/A) Park near Bearley Church and go down Old Snitterfield Road opposite the Church, into School Lane and go straight on into the path when the road turns left. Continue past a small wood on your left and cross the railway through the gate on the left, not the stile to the right.

(1) At the road turn right, then left into the drive before the cottage. Follow this drive to Cutlers Farm and go along the right side of the buildings until you see a mirror on the wall, where you turn left through the workshops and continue up the hill (Viewpoint) to enter the path through the woods. This can be rutted and muddy, and goes all the way to a bridge over the canal.

(2) Turn left onto the towpath and cross the cast iron aqueduct (Pub stop possible) pass Hill Farm Marina, the towpath will change over to the left bank and lead to Edstone Aqueduct.

(3) This is the longest canal aqueduct in England and crosses a road and a railway, the canal and rail were once jointly owned and locomotives could stop under an outlet to take on water from the canal. Follow the canal as it bends to left then right until you can see a bridge across the canal.

(4) Before the bridge, you take an acute left turn onto a path through the trees to cross the railway. After the next field head to the left of the buildings and you will see traffic on the A34. The stile/steps onto the road are at the highest point of the field and are not visible until you are close.

(5) Cross the road and find the path slightly to your left. When a track comes in from your left continue straight on using the left of two paths, and pass gardens, cottages and onto the road which leads to the starting point.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 322ft - Bearley Church
1 : mi 0.72 - alt. 276ft - Langley Road
2 : mi 2.85 - alt. 243ft - Green Lane Canal Bridge
3 : mi 5.08 - alt. 236ft - Edstone Aqueduct
4 : mi 5.98 - alt. 236ft - Towpath Exit
5 : mi 6.65 - alt. 276ft - Stile/Steps to A34
D/A : mi 7.27 - alt. 318ft - Bearley Church

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5


Walker
on Tue 19 Apr 2022 21:50:11 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 18/04/22
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Such a beautiful walk on a sunny, cool day. The bluebells in Austy Wood were a spectacular carpet of blue. The birds were singing and woodpecker drumming. This walk offers a variety of interests all around the route including England's longest aqueduct and pub / refreshment stops available. The directions were great.


Walker
on Mon 30 Aug 2021 18:28:26 CEST

Global average : 4.5 / 5

Date of walk : 11/08/21
Description quality : N/A
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Generally an enjoyable walk. Walk through Austy woods interesting but I imagine it could be very muddy during wet times of year. Edstone Aqueduct great canal interest but eventually the long canal section becomes a little tedious. I didn't follow the instructions but simply followed the GPS track. Walked on 11/08/2021.

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