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Walk 15
5¼ mile Lias and Stockton Locks Circular

 

An attractive walk encompassing some delightful canal towpaths, mostly flat through countryside and woodland near to the lovely villages of Long Itchington and Stockton.  Refreshments are available at three canal side inns, The Blue Lias Inn ,The Two Boats Inn, and The Boat Inn. Also pubs in Long Itchington and Stockton.

The  walk incorporates  sections of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive black  Millennium Way way markers.

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 Our walk starts from the The Blue Lias Inn  situated by the canal on Stockton Road, between the villages of Long Itchington and Stockton.  Emerging from the pub car park turn L along the road, cross the bridge over the canal and after a few steps you will reach a wooden gate on your L where you will see the first distinctive black Millennium Way way marker. Take gate to join the canal towpath and go with canal L. Stay on towpath passing under bridge 24, then pass the canal side Two Boats Inn and go under the A423 Banbury to Coventry road ( bridge 25.)  Immediately after passing under the bridge  look out for a small brick built cubicle next to the towpath.

  Turn R off the towpath at this point, and immediately turn L past the cubicle to take a kissing gate into paddock.  Cross paddock and take two further kissing gates on either side of a farm track. Go ahead over field to exit by kissing gate then ahead over next field towards a modern white house in the distance with a distinctive rear projection to find kissing gate. ( Here we leave the Millennium Way to rejoin it later at point H. )

Take the kissing gate and turn sharp R down surfaced drive. Continue past houses to corner and follow yellow way marker through metal gate then stay right near hedge to cross bottom of garden of house maintaining the same line through a short area of woodland  and continue through corner gap along a short path to exit by metal kissing gate to a cul-de-sac. Bear L to reach Shepherd Close and L again to reach Southam Road.

 Turn R on main road and after a few yards cross over using the pedestrian crossing and continue up road to the road junction where we bear L into Stockton Road. Ignore Collingham Lane on L and continue up Stockton Road passing a wooden bench on L. Stay ahead over Wulfstan Drive and soon we begin to leave the village of Long Itchington and head into the countryside.  Continue past the Primary School on a wide grassy verge then keep ahead on Stockton road walking along the narrow right hand verge keeping aware of any traffic. When you reach the deep lay by on R after approximately 1/3 mile it will be safer here to cross over to the other side of the road before reaching the sharp right hand bend.

   At the bend we leave the road to continue L down a way marked gravel bridleway.  Where the gravel drive swings L towards a farmhouse, continue straight on down a wide grassy bridleway between trees and hedges. At the end of the track exit by gap next to large wooden gate and bear L to reach the canal towpath. Continue along towpath with canal R passing the flight of locks. Continue on past Top Lock Cottage . Pass Stockton Top Marina on R and then The Boat Inn also on the opposite side of the canal. Pass under bridge 21.

  After approximately 1/2  mile you will reach bridge 20. Go under bridge then almost immediately exit the towpath L to find road. Go L on road to cross over canal bridge and pass Station Farm on R walking gently up the road crossing another bridge over a disused railway line. After this bridge we descend gently along the road to reach a T-junction.

 Turn R at T-junction signed Stockton 3/4 mile then almost immediately take lane R to pass in front of the Countrywide Store. Pass a number of small business workshops on your L and stay ahead along the gravel track to go through way marked metal gate ahead. Stay along narrow track with tall metal fence on L.  Continue along keeping metal fence L to eventually reach a concrete track. Go L here on the track keeping hedge L and after 75 paces or so take way marked footpath L in hedge gap by large tree. Go with well defined path with hedge and trees R in the direction of Stockton.  Stay with hedge R to emerge to R of garages and continue forward past a brick garden wall to the road. Bear slightly R into Elm Row and continue along to reach the main road.  Cross directly over into High Street and at the junction stay L down the road passing the Crown Inn on L.

 At the next junction turn R into Mount Pleasant walking gently uphill. ( Here you have rejoined the Millennium Way.)  Ignore all side road and continue uphill to arrive at a grassy passageway, with houses L,  leading through spinney to a field.  On entering the field go L with hedge L to take a stile to the main road. Cross the main A426 road and take gap and then down steps to go with hedge L.  Go through corner gap and along a short passageway continuing with hedge L along narrow track at field edge with fence R.  Follow corridor over two wooden bridges then along  woodland path staying close to wire fence on R.  At the end of the wire fence you will come to a way post.( Note:- Blue Lias way mark ). Stay forward along the grassy path through the spinney, shortly to arrive at another way post by a large gap. Take gap, following the direction of the black Millennium Way way marker, then go L with hedge L and after some 70 paces take unwaymarked gap L into woods to find stile with waymark.  Go around stile and ahead through woods. Cross track and exit via metal kissing gate to a lake.  Go R keeping lake L and take gap which leads back to your starting point at The Blue Lias Inn.

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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