Includes two Stratford on Avon Canal Aqueducts, Parkland and good views.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(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)
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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