This loop starts from the heritage centre of Henley-in-Arden famous for its ice cream and views. The route takes a short section of the Millennium Way and stops by the church at Preston Bagot.
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) From St John the Baptist church in Henley-in-Arden centre, go up adjacent Beaudesert Lane. Go straight over the bridge (East) and past the Norman church of St Nicholas on your left-hand side to find a kissing gate giving access to footpath leading up the hill to what is known as "The Mount". Ignore the gate on your left going to the churchyard. As you go uphill, enjoy the view over the town and surrounding countryside. You will find some benches to have a rest.
From the top of The Mount descend some fairly steep steps straight (North-East) then continue uphill, straight on the highest path eventually reaching a welcome wooden bench and passing beneath small overhead powerlines.
(1) Ignore the 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 (Keep the left-hand side) on a narrow path then take the waymarked stile on your right to reach an open field. Cross the field North-East to reach another stile with the Millenium Way sign.
(2) When you cross the stile, turn left (North). To the next crossing, keep straight on the Millenium Way. If the track is quite muddy, you can make a detour across the field and find a stile on your left-hand side (West- North-West). Keep straight enjoying the open field with nice views. The path will eventually go downhill across the field. to reach a stile.
(3) After crossing the stile, turn left (West) and carry straight on to reach another stile with a tiny pond on your right-hand side. You are now on Holland Park farm road with restricted access to the farm on your left. Turn right (North). You are now walking on a paved road farm. Carry straight on, pass Buckley Green Farm and when you reach a Y junction with a "Unsuitable for motors" sign, keep right.
Seek for a stile on your right-hand side giving access to horse fields. Go straight uphill across the field and across the gates without bothering the animals. At some stage when you are halfway on the hill, look backwards to enjoy the view then carry straight on to reach an open field. Go straight to reach a gate. Keep walking North-East to reach another gate on your right. Then keep left to reach another gate. Walk straight on in the same direction to access a farm road where you still keep straight.
(4) You should see a powerline into the field with Ireland's Farm on your right-hand side. Keep North-East with a fence on your right-hand side until you get to Ireland's farm road access where you turn sharp right (South-South-East). Walk under the powerline and keep straight on the road when you see a pond on your right-hand side.
At the farm buildings, do not enter, turn left (South-East-East) downhill onto the footpath. Carry straight on reaching a gate then a tiny bridge over a river and another gate. Walk South-East to reach a stile giving you access to a paved farm road where you turn right (South) to cross a bridge. Walk South on that road to a T junction with a paved road (Henley Road) where you turn right (South-South-West).
(5) Cross a bridge over the river and carry on the same road until you see a wooden gate just in the curve, after a farm on the left-hand side. You will see a tiny building and you have to cross open fields. You can now see some woodlands on your right-hand side but carry straight on across the open field (South-East) finding a wooden stile into a hedge. Carry straight on again to another wooden stile, then another one on your right (West).
(6) Then you reach a gate, where now you can spot a church on your left-hand side. Walk towards that church, going through another gate. When you reach the Southern corner of the churchyard, turn right (West). Go through a wooden gate, then downhill to another wooden gate giving access to a paved road. Cross that road straight with the farm buildings on your right-hand side.
(7) Cross straight across a brook using wooden planks and a gate. Carry straight on (West) across the field to another gate, then West again to another four gates. After the 4th gate, keep straight at the crossing to reach a stile.
(8) After the stile, turn right (North) into the woods and left (West) by another stile, then a gate and another stile where you keep West. Carry straight on to reach a wooden gate with 'Lodders Barn' sign and Edge Lane. Turn right on the lane and left (West) almost straight away through a stile into the hedge. Keep walking West towards a stile into the woods.
Go down the long steps in front of you into the woods. You now reach a playground area on your left-hand side and some houses. Keep straight (West) through a path between the houses. When you reach Castle Close road, go straight again between the houses. You have now a school on your left. Go around it keeping it on your left-hand side.
(9) Eventually, you find a pathway right to a house before reaching Saint Nicholas Church and Beaudesert Lane where you came from at the start. From here, walk back to St John the Baptist church in Henley-in-Arden centre. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 262ft - St John the Baptist church
1 : mi 0.6 - alt. 367ft - Powerlines
2 : mi 0.97 - alt. 374ft - Stile - Millenium Way sign
3 : mi 1.24 - alt. 282ft - Stile
4 : mi 2.25 - alt. 358ft - Powerline
5 : mi 3.49 - alt. 292ft - Bridge - Houses
6 : mi 3.94 - alt. 358ft - View on a church
7 : mi 4.29 - alt. 269ft - Brook and open farmlands
8 : mi 4.88 - alt. 331ft - Stile - Woods
9 : mi 5.55 - alt. 256ft - Houses
D/A : mi 5.68 - alt. 246ft - St John the Baptist church
This loop included some steps and dogs need to be held on a leash. In winter times, some part can be really muddy.
Car park: You can find car parks in Henley-In-Arden village. However, the best one is located at the entrance of the village : Golf club car park for a small fee. (Postcode B95 5AE).
Train station: West Midlands Trains
Link : https://www.westmidlandsrailway.co.uk/stations/henley-in-arden
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