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Centenary Way (Warwickshire)
Kingsbury Water Park to Upper Quinton
158km/98 miles
Signed

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 Way.

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.

Public Transport. 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.

See Public Transport for Walkers for enquiry lines.

Publications

  • Centenary Way: 11 Linked Walks. Official route cards, 40p each or 4 for the set + 50p p&p from Warwickshire council's 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. Walkways 75p
    Foldout sketch map and route description in polythene cover.
Regions
West Midlands

Local authorities
Warwickshire

Connecting routes
Ashby Canal
Birmingham and Fazeley Canal (via Heart of England Way)
Cotswold Link (see Macmillan Way)
Coventry Canal
Coventry Way
Grand Union Canal Walk
Heart of England Way (E2)
Macmillan Way
Midland Link (see North Worcestershire Path)
Monarch's Way
Oxford Canal Walk

Parks and countryside
Burton Dassett Hills Country Park
Coombe Country Park
Cotswolds AONB
Hartshill Hayes Country Park
Kingsbury Water Park
Newbold Comyn
Ryton Pools (nearby)
Ufton Fields

Maps
Explorer
OL45, 191, 205, 206, 221, 222, 232
Landranger
139, 140, 151
Route is shown on maps.
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Visitor information
Coventry
Kenilworth
Leamington Spa

Nuneaton
Warwick

Accommodation
Warwickshire