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Walk 13
4 mile
Circular Walk around Leamington Spa


This easy circular town walk is just over 4 miles and although it can be completed in under two hours it is better to take at least a half day, so that you can explore some of the historical sites along the way, linger in the attractive parks and enjoy the tranquillity of the Grand Union Canal and River Leam.

There are numerous opportunities for refreshment along the route or you may prefer to complete the walk and try the Newbold Comyn Arms.

A few web links to the various amenities have been included in the text below. For the first part of the walk,  you will enjoy a short section of  The Millennium Way where it passes through Leamington Spa

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Exit from the car park adjacent to the Newbold Comyn Arms and turn R In the direction of Leamington to go past the Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre on your L. Walk on wide tarmac footpath on L side of road, enjoying trees L. Watch for Newbold Terrace East, then after a few paces trees end on your L, go 1/2 L across grassy strip to walk with shrubs and trees L. At the corner enter the tree line, and follow path L down to the corner gap to find Willes Road.  Cross road and go R for a few yards to take entrance L into Jephson Gardens. Continue through Jephson Gardens on the path directly ahead, (Pass Aviary Cafe and Garden Glasshouse [] [Free entry]) to exit opposite The Royal Pump Rooms.

   Go L on road to pass over bridge and take first road R ( Spencer Street ) opposite All Saints Parish Church.    [] Go L on Lower Avenue, pass under railway bridge  to find junction of roads then go ahead on R hand side of Tachbrook Road. After some 50 yds, before bridge, take entry to tow path on R.   Go down onto tow path and turn R ( do not go under Bridge 41.) Go along tow path of this pleasant section of the [] Grand Union Canal and after approx mile go under bridge 42 then immediately R to meet the main road ( Old Warwick Road.)  Here you leave The Millennium Way.

  Walk R along road for a little way to safely cross via pedestrian crossing then L towards roundabout and follow pavement R down Princes Drive. Stay on wide pavement down Princes Drive under railway bridge to reach viaduct spanning the roundabout. Go under R hand arch viaduct and cross safely over Park Drive via the pedestrian crossing. Enter Victoria Park immediately ahead then take the left-hand path towards play area. Just before reaching the play area cross grassy area to reach riverside path. Stay with River L (River Leam) and pass the play area, and then the riverside cafe. Shortly you will reach a waymark post (by the Bowling Green) here the path forks. Take L fork to go under road bridge. Walk through short tunnel and continue on path  to flight of steps. Go down  steps and turn immediately L across bridge then R to continue along path with river R, follow round path with rear of Royal Pump Rooms R to reach main road. Turn R ([] Just before the bridge the stone drinking fountain offers opportunity to try Leamington famous spa water). Go ahead over the bridge, past All Saints Parish Church on other side of the road. Stay ahead passing the Jug & Jester pub L and continue ahead over traffic lights and under railway bridge into Clemens Street. Keep ahead to find bridge over canal and just before bridge take the narrow gap L, by the railings, and drop down onto the towpath of the Grand Union Canal to go L to walk with the canal R.

   Stay on towpath for just under a mile. Approx mile past bridge 37 keep a lookout  for an exit L and take the steps down to join the main road.   Turn L along main road and cross over to opposite pavement continuing along with hedge R.  After approx 200yds take the path R ( signed Riverside Walk ) to walk through small parking area. Stay ahead to cross wooden footbridge over River Leam to enter Leam Valley Local Nature Reserve. Immediately after bridge go L just in front of the information board and follow the track keeping river on L.

 Where the track forks, stay L and take the metal kissing gate then cross small bridge. Here you leave the river as it bends L and walk uphill to enter []a children's play area . Continue through the play area to the access road and turn L. Shortly you will arrive back at your starting point near the Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre.

All the paths, bridleways and roads we have used in these instructions are public rights of way as designated on Ordnance Survey maps. Following the instructions and walking tips on this web site in no way constitutes any liability on 41 Club that such routes or tips are safe or suitable. 

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