Circular walk from Henley-in-Arden

This pleasant Warwickshire starts from the historic village of Henley-in-Arden famed for its Henley ice cream. The route includes a short section of the Millennium Way long distance trail and visits the attractive church at Preston Bagot.

Technical sheet
No. 293233
A Henley-in-Arden walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 04/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h45[?]
Distance Distance : 5.52mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 338ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 335ft
Highest point Highest point : 390ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 253ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Henley-in-Arden
Starting point Starting point : N 52.291803° / W 1.779813°
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Description

(D/A) From St John the Baptist church go up adjacent Beaudesert Lane, over the bridge and past the Norman church of St Nicholas on your left to find a kissing gate giving access to footpath leading up the hill to what is known as "The Mount". You will not find any obvious ruins but this is the site of the Motte & Bailey castle built by Thurstan de Montfort, Lord of The Manor in the 12th century. As you ascend you have a fine view over the town and surrounding countryside. From the top of The Mount descend some fairly steep steps then continue uphill on the highest path eventually reaching a welcome wooden bench and passing beneath small overhead powerlines. Ignore stile on your right and continue ahead following the Millennium Way waymarker. Here we continue along the ridge with hedge right and glorious panoramic views to your left. Continue ahead on a narrow path then take the waymarked stile on your right and go half left to stile at field edge.

(1) Cross the stile turning left into small wooded area. At junction of paths go ahead remaining in wooded area - the path weaves through to exit by a stile on the left. Go slightly left, keeping hedge on your left, to come to ridge with fine views. Go half right carefully downhill to find a stile between two corner metal gates. Take stile and go left across field centre to find stile adjacent to gate leading to path alongside gate entrance and then parallel to the lane to find stile. Take stile and go right on lane passing Buckley Green farm on your right.

(2) At the T junction take the road right and after 15 paces take a kissing gate right. Continue up field keeping wooden fence on right, through an isolated kissing gate, and onwards to corner field kissing gate. Take wooden kissing gate and go straight up steep hill to take corner stile then following Millennium Waymarker to go through copse and exit by stile to field. Continue ahead straight across field to find corner kissing gate. Take gate then ahead with hedge right to follow round field edge to take metal kissing gate right. Go letf to take next gate just ahead and turn right across field corner to tree line, then go left with trees right. Watch for farm building right and come to driveway. Go right 10 paces on driveway and immediately left gently uphill along grassy path signed MILLENNIUM WAY. After some 80 paces (by double power posts) veer slightly left to find field edge. Go up field edge keeping to left of metal barn to pass under power cables and at top right field corner by the copse go right to find hedge gap to Ireland's Farm driveway. At this point you are leaving the Millennium Way. Turn right down driveway towards Ireland's Farm.

(3) Continue down farm track to go under the power lines, eventually coming to Ireland's Farm. Before farm gate turn left and descend down grassy track continuing ahead through a metal gate, cross field then over a stream and stile. Bear slightly right of telegraph wires up field, then cross a stile and turn right onto farm driveway to proceed over dismantled railway line ignoring footpath left. Continue along driveway in a southerly direction until you reach the road. Turn right at road, crossing the bridge and continue ahead for 50 yards taking the path left through wooden gate. Continue ahead with hedge right. Go through wooden gate turning left along the lane.

(4) Immediately after Malt House Farm take the signed footpath left through large wooden gate. Continue ahead through smaller wooden gate and proceed gently uphill with hedge left. Go over corner stile then half right across field continuing with hedge and trees right towards corner of field. Take stile, turn right then over further stile. Continue ahead on grassy path with hedge right and paddock on left. Go through metal gate and turn immediately left then over stile into field, continuing ahead with hedge left, over further stile to metal gate and ahead proceeding towards Preston Bagot church, an ideal spot for a short break and some refreshment. The original church was built in the late 11th or 12th Centuries on Anglo-Saxon foundations and most of the original structure survives.

(5) With your back to the church entrance door, go forward to exit the churchyard by the gate, then turn immediately right and walk along to take the wooden kissing gate nestling under a large oak tree and descend the narrow track down to the road to cross into field opposite via a metal gate. Continue through next two metal kissing gates and go up field keeping hedge right. Take the next kissing gate and go directly across centre of field to exit by further kissing gate 20 yards in from field corner. Ignore the kissing gate immediately to your right and continue ahead with hedge on right for 100 yds where you will find a corner kissing gate to exit into a small wood of young trees. Continue ahead with hedge right and exit by corner wooden stile keeping ahead with hedge right and exiting field by wooden stile. Cross the next field via stile turning right to walk through small copse exiting by wooden stile. Continue ahead with hedge to right going through a metal gate followed by two further stiles and continuing with hedge right then over exit stile to emerge onto a lane.

(6) Turn right onto lane and after 15 paces turn left across stile continuing ahead with hedge right taking the stile right in corner of field then immediately left over further stile descending steps through a wood. Emerging from wood we enter school playing area taking metal gate down to road. Go across road and along path, following wooden fence on left around side of school play area, cross end of cul-de-sac, and ahead on path to eventually emerge into Beaudesert Lane and back into Henley(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.9 - alt. mi 0.9 - Turn left
2 : mi 1.45 - alt. mi 1.45 - Take the road right
3 : mi 2.33 - alt. mi 2.33 - Turn right
4 : mi 3.46 - alt. mi 3.46 - Take the signed footpath left
5 : mi 4.02 - alt. mi 4.02 - Preston Bagot church
6 : mi 4.93 - alt. mi 4.93 - Turn right and after 15 paces turn left
D/A : mi 5.52 - alt. mi 5.52

Useful Information

This pleasant circular walk starts from the historic village of Henley-in-Arden famed for its Henley ice cream. The route includes a short section of the Millennium Way long distance trail and maybe the walk will encourage you to complete the whole route. The Millennium Way is clearly waymarked with the distinctive black Millennium Way circular waymarkers. The walk begins from the 15th century church of St John the Baptist, situated on the corner of the High Street and Beaudesert Lane in Henley-in-Arden.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.22/5
Number of opinions : 9
Description quality : 4.44/5
Routemap quality : 4.11/5
Walk interest : 4.11/5


Walker
on Mon 30 Sep 2019 13:02:24 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 30/09/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

The walk is lovely and the directions were very good until we came to one part that said leave the lane and go through a wooden gate and along a field edge and then back on to the lane. Someone had thoroughly blocked off the gate and we struggled through. Then we found they had put thorny trees and barbed wire at the other end back onto the lane... at which point we realised it is the same lane do we retraced our steps and just walked down the lane. The walk needs to be updated to say just walk down the lane til you get to the Malt House...


Walker
on Tue 30 Jul 2019 18:35:21 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 26/07/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A very pleasant walk,Most of the signs were well marked but had a little trouble at the end . Otherwise it was great.


Walker
on Mon 27 May 2019 15:14:17 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 27/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Lovely walk with specific directions helping a lot. Would say the steep hills mean walk is more moderate. Ignore the walk along hedge by Moat House Farm it’s been blocked. Simply walk along the lane after the bridge.

Many thanks great morning out!


Walker
on Tue 07 May 2019 09:45:59 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 14/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This is an invigorating walk. To describe it as "easy" may come as a surprise to those less agile or fit as there are some stiff climbs and a couple of steep downhill stretches. I'm a runner (up to Marathon distances) and took the inclines in my stride but would suggest the less fit view this walk as "more challenging than easy". The views are excellent, the map and route description easy to follow and signposts and way marks on the route are good. I might suggest that the overall distance has been underestimated?


Walker
on Mon 29 Apr 2019 20:15:05 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 29/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

A good walk with some fine views. The small map came in handy after Preston Baggot church as another walker has pointed out. The description was a bit of a hit and miss affair but on the map it was more or less a straight line. There is a kissing gate by church farm which was ankle deep in water, not a problem for the fit with good shoes though I did help an elderly lady to get through. Very enjoyable walk.


Walker
on Mon 08 Apr 2019 12:08:33 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 17/03/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Average

A useful walk which I did en route to the Peak District, the main point of interest being Preston Baget church which has a fine view across the surrounding countryside. The section from the church back to Henley is a little difficult to follow with confidence as there are no waymarks on some farm gates and the small field near Church Farm was flooded around the stile the day I walked, but if you keep to a straight line as the OS map indicates you will be okay.


Walker
on Tue 19 Feb 2019 12:34:00 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

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

Great walk. Easy to follow and accurate details.


Walker
on Tue 25 Sep 2018 11:45:30 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 25/09/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good


Walker
on Mon 30 Jul 2018 09:47:23 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 07/03/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Average

A very pleasant walk. Good exercise over varying terrain involving a few hilly sections and crossing many fields. It wasn't particularly interesting terrain - mainly walking across fields and through small woods - although Henley is worth a visit if you haven't been there before. We made a bit of a detour at Preston Bagot to visit the Crab Mill pub for lunch which was very nice. The map and instructions were on the whole very helpful and accurate making the walk a stress free experience. However there are a few instances in the latter part of the walk (from the end of section 3 onwards) that have become outdated. A few of the stiles are no longer stiles and have either fallen into disrepair leaving just a gap in the hedge, or have been replaced by metal kissing gates. Also the reference at the end of section 3 to taking a path left through a wooden gate after 50 yards needs updating as the path, which runs parallel with the road, is completely overgrown and impassable - certainly in summer when we went, which meant we had to walk along the road for a while. Otherwise it was a relatively easy circular walk, perfect for a sunny day and we didn't get lost once!

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