Centenary Way (Warwickshire)
Kingsbury Water Park
to Upper Quinton
Winding trail running (very) roughly north-south
through little-known parts of the county. Includes much quiet and
low-lying countryside, numerous country parks, canals, the Burton Dassett
Hills and Edge Hill, and the towns of Kenilworth, Warwick, Leamington Spa
and Shipston on Stour, connecting at both ends with the Heart of England
The Way was proposed by the county council to
celebrate its centenary in 1989, and was eventually opened in 1991.
The unofficial WaLK (Warwick Leamington
Kenilworth) from Newbold Comyn country park via Offchurch, Stoneleigh,
Kenilworth, Warwick and Leamington Spa uses parts of the Centenary Way and a
south-north linking route between Offchurch and Stareton to create a 32km/20
mile circuit where the Centernary Way bulges westwards to Kenilworth and
Warwick. A shorter 12km/7.5-mile circuit from Newbold Comyn via Cubbington
and Old Milverton is also possible.
Stations at Bedworth (for Nuneaton, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Rugby
and London), Warwick and Leamington Spa (Birmingham, Stratford, Banbury,
Coventry, London). Buses at numerous points including Kingsbury, Whitacre
Heath, Birchley Heath, Hartshill, Hawkesbury Junction, Ansty, Coombe
Abbey, Brinklow, Wolston, Ryson on Dunsmore, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh,
Kenilworth Castle, Ufton, Harbury, Avon Dassett, Ratley, Middle Tysoe,
Shipston, Ilmington and Lower Quinton (1km.0.75 miles from end).
The WaLK has excellent public transport connections
with stations at Warwick and Leamington Spa supplemented by buses at Newbold
Comyn, Cubbington, Stareton, Stoneleigh and Kenilworth.
Public Transport for Walkers
for enquiry lines.
- Centenary Way: 11 Linked Walks.
Official route cards, 40p each or £4 for the set + 50p p&p from
countryside website or Kingsbury Country Park.
- Warwickshire's Centenary Way by
Geoff Allen and John Roberts, ISBN 0 947708 33 2.
Walkways, £6.45. Also available
from Warwickshire council as above.
Complete and detailed guidebook to the route in both directions, with
practical information, route descriptions and basic sketch maps.
- The WaLK (Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth)
by Graham Morgan and John Roberts, ISBN 0 947708 41 3.
Foldout sketch map and route description in polythene
Birmingham and Fazeley
Canal (via Heart of England Way)
Cotswold Link (see Macmillan Way)
Grand Union Canal Walk
Heart of England Way (E2)
Midland Link (see North Worcestershire Path)
Oxford Canal Walk
Parks and countryside
Burton Dassett Hills Country
Coombe Country Park
Hartshill Hayes Country Park
Kingsbury Water Park
Ryton Pools (nearby)
Route is shown on maps.
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