Circular Walk from Hunningham, Millenium Way

This walk goes across mostly flat open countryside between Hunningham and Weston under Wetherley. The first part of the walk follows a very short section of the Millennium Way. This is the walk 8 from the 44 composing the Millenium Way.

Technical sheet
No. 22004523
A Hunningham walk posted on 16/05/22 by BarryDurman. Update : 17/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h30[?]
Distance Distance : 5.21mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 157ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 148ft
Highest point Highest point : 302ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 190ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Hunningham
Starting point Starting point : N 52.313632° / W 1.453636°
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Description

(D/A) From The Red Lion car park, turn right on Hunningham Road - Main Street to cross the bridge over the River Leam. Pass the drive on your left and immediately after the Severn Trent booster station take a kissing gate left (marked with the distinctive Millennium Way waymarker).

(1) Go half left (West) diagonally across the field to take a kissing gate to the right of buildings by a power line pole into the field. Cross a narrow field with buildings left, to take second kissing gate and go ahead across the field centre to take third kissing gate.

Go across next field under power lines aiming for an exit gate, well to the right of Bridge Farm buildings in front of tree. Cross over the metal gated wooden bridge (here we leave the Millennium Way) and go with the hedge right to find a gap to the left of an isolated dilapidated building.

Take gap, ignoring the footpath right, and continue ahead with the hedge right to the corner kissing gate to cross a small concrete bridge. Follow the path directly ahead, gently uphill, across large field to reach the waymark at the farm track (you have a lovely view on your right of St. Michael's church).

(2) When you reach the waymark post turn right (North-East-East) onto the farm track and go downhill for 85 paces, passing the next waymarker post, continuing for a further 50 paces to turn right (just in front of green " Private - no public right of way" sign) and stay along the field edge with trees left, to take a ditch bridge and a metal gate left along a fenced path to take kissing gate into field.

Continue with the hedge right towards St Michael's church at Weston under Wetherley. Cross the Rugby Road and go left (North-West-West) following the road around to the right and, just before the bungalow, enter a track on your right (North), next to "Little Haven" to enter the footpath on the left, to go past power pole.

Stay along with the hedge left and go through the corner gap, staying ahead on a gently rising path to enter a large field. Stay with the hedge left to a wide corner gap with a waypost. Follow the waymarker, still on a rising path to cross young trees.

(3) Continue straight ahead to the hedge gap across a large field just to the left of a lone tree. Go through hedge gap to cross another set of young trees and then stay directly ahead across next field towards clump of trees to exit by a waymarked metal kissing gate.

Cross small wooden ditch bridge and stay ahead with the hedge left. Just before the corner of next field look out for a gap left ( with a damaged waymarker post in hedge). Go through the gap and past the hedge corner to take a diagonal path across a large field to exit via a waymarked metal kissing gate and awkward ditch to the road (Weston Lane).

(4) Turn right (South-East) on the road to walk past Waverley Lodge and 50 paces past the 50mph sign take waymarked path left (North-East-East) into the field and go with the hedge left. Exit at a corner across small wooden bridge and kissing gate and continue with the hedge left.

After 20 paces take two further metal gates over wooden ditch bridge, ignore the stile directly in front ( no entry ) and instead go right on a very narrow track between hedge and fence (this narrow path can be quite overgrown during the summer months).

Go past one red topped gas pole and eventually reach another red-topped gas post by a wide gap. Go through gap and bear right keeping trees right to reach a waypost. Go right over wooden ditch bridge into large field. Follow the line indicated by the yellow waymarker by going over the field centre, bearing slightly left, to reach a waypost and a stile in top left hand corner (if this field has been recently ploughed with no obvious path, just go left around the field edge to reach the same gate).

(5) At the corner go over the dog friendly stile and continue with a small stream and trees on your left. After a short way go left (South-East) over the stream via wooden bridge into a large field with a wooded area on the left.

Go straight ahead towards the corner of the wood walking up the field to reach the waymarker. Go right to pass a second waymarker to reach the corner of Wappenbury Wood. Then, at the corner of the wood, stay ahead across large field where the downhill path is usually well demarcated and you will have a nice view of the church at Weston under Wetherley over to the far right.

(6) On reaching the road (B4453), cross over the junction towards Wappenbury & Eathorpe. Stay along the road to reach Wappenbury Hall on your left and just opposite bear right down the cul-de-sac towards St John the Baptist's Church (St Anne's Church is close by!).

Just past Roman Camp Farm, reach the church then turn right (South-West) at the waypost to follow blue bridleway waymarker. Pass some small dwellings on your left then stay ahead on track keeping long laurel hedge on right to reach two metal gates.

(7) Take the left-hand gate to continue along the bridleway to walk slightly downhill and take gated bridge over River Leam. Go straight on to walk under power lines and take a metal gate to stay along bridleway walking parallel to overhead cables. Eventually you will reach a gate leading to the road (Main Street). Turn right (North-West) on the road to return to your starting point at The Red Lion for some well earned refreshment.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 200ft - The Red Lion
1 : mi 0.12 - alt. 190ft - Severn Trent booster station
2 : mi 1.07 - alt. 266ft - Farm track
3 : mi 1.64 - alt. 266ft - Fields
4 : mi 2.55 - alt. 302ft - Weston Lane
5 : mi 3.36 - alt. 236ft - Stile
6 : mi 4.05 - alt. 217ft - B4453
7 : mi 4.56 - alt. 197ft - Laurel hedge
D/A : mi 5.21 - alt. 200ft - The Red Lion

Useful Information

This is a completely new walk created in 2021 to avoid HS2. It goes across mostly flat open countryside, starting and finishing at The Red Lion - a lovely riverside pub in Hunningham. You are welcome to use the pub car park if you are returning for refreshments. The first part of the walk follows a very short section of the Millennium Way where you will see our black and white waymarkers.

Start: Red Lion Hunningham CV33 9DY
Start Grid Ref:__ SP373 685
What three words: dearest.reworked.wept
Parking: Pub car park or very limited roadside
Maps: OS Explorer 221 or Landranger 151
Stiles: 1(dog friendly)
Refreshments: Red Lion (01926 632715)

More information at http://www.walking.41club.org/hunningham...

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Points of Interest - What to know and what to see.... by Andy Botherway

Our starting point, The Red Lion, was flooded in 2007 and subsequently refurbished (www.redlionhunningham.co.uk). It has numerous riverside seats for eating outside and is well known in the area. Hunningham Bridge over the River Leam is of medieval origin and grade II listed. It was rebuilt in 1651 at a cost of £20.

Hunningham
The name Hunningham comes from ancient times meaning 'Homestead/village of Huna's people' or 'hemmed-in land of Huna's people'.

St Margaret'sThe church of St Margaret with its picturesque timber bell cote dates from 13th Century. There was already a church at Wappenbury but parishioners on the Hunningham side of the river were often prevented from attending services due to flooding so Sir Geoffrey Corbucion, who died in 1242, built St Margaret’s. To the north of the church are the holloways of an abandoned part of the village. The village population shrank in the mid-1800’s due to closure of the local lunatic asylum.

There is a nature reserve close to the village, managed as a hay meadow, called Hunningham Meadow.

Weston under Wetherley
The Church of St Michael was built during the Medieval period with some work carried out in the 16th century and a vestry built more recently. The village is 4 miles north-east of Leamington Spa and stretches along the B4453 Rugby Road for a mile. The census shows a population of 454 living in 164 houses.

Wappenbury
A small but interesting village situated on the north bank of the River Leam, Wappenbury sits almost entirely within the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort. Wappenbury Wood, well to the north of the village, has some attractive walking paths and is the habitat for some unusual species. Worth a short diversion towards the end of Section C! Unusually there are two churches close to each other - St Anne's and St John the Baptist.

Wappenbury Hall: The long-time home of Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar Cars Ltd. In 1937 William Lyons and his family moved from Gibbet Hill Road, on the outskirts of Coventry, to Wappenbury Hall, a large Victorian house set in extensive grounds close to the centre of Wappenbury village. During the 1950s and 60s, the hall appeared in a number of publicity shots for Jaguar Cars. Sir William Lyons died at Wappenbury Hall in 1985. His wife, Lady Greta, died the following year. They are both buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Wappenbury, a short distance from the Hall.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 13 Jun 2022 13:20:54 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 13/06/22
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Good

We started the walk from Weston-under-Wetherley as parking is easier there (just north of the church) and ate our sandwiches in Wappenbury churchyard. We extended the walk by a couple miles by taking the paths that took us south of the river. It was a pleasant walk but unspectacular walk. I should add that we didn't make use of the walk notes preferring instead to simply follow the gpx track.

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