A circular walk around Packwood
Packwood House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth, B94 6ATRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
An easy walk around Packwood House, going through the park and up to the church. Packwood was transformed by Graham Baron Ash in the 1920s, from a 17th-century farmhouse into a dream-like vision of a Tudor country home.
- Bus stop
Start: Packwood House car park, Grid Ref: SP174725
Turn left out of the car park and walk along Packwood Lane with the house on your right, until you reach a junction with Rising Lane.
The interiors at Packwood are the creation of Graham Baron Ash. Restoring the house in the 1920s, he bought furniture, tapestries and whole interiors from other houses being demolished at the time.
At the junction, take the footpath on the right and follow the way marked posts across the fields to the lane.
Cross the lane to join a footpath on the opposite side, following this along a track. Before the farmhouse, turn left to continue along the footpath taking care to walk to the right of the field and over the stile hidden in a hedgerow. Walk across fields to the road, keeping the pond to your left.
Turn right along the road for a short way before turning right along Glasshouse Lane, signposted for Packwood.
Follow this, passing Fetherston House on the right. Ignore the first footpath on the right and continue on to the next, just after Packwood Hall.
Follow this footpath around the Hall to St Giles's Church.
There are lovely views across the field from here and a spell of easy walking along the track.
Walk to the far right of the churchyard to a kissing gate towards the end of the row of cottages, signed the Millenium Way. Follow this path along the fields which leads you to Packwood Lane.
The church dates from the late-13th century. The tower was built at the expense of Nicholas Brome, Lord of Baddesley Clinton Manor, who discovered the priest 'chockinge his wife under ye chinne', and murdered him on the spot. As a penance, after pardons from the Pope and the King, he financed the towers at Packwood and Baddesley churches.
Turn right along the lane, and where the road forks take the footpath on the left, back across the park to join Chestnut Avenue.
Turn right along the Avenue to take you back to the front of the house.
End: Packwood House car park, Grid Ref: SP174725
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- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 3 miles (4km)
- Time: Allow 1.5 hours
- OS Map: OS Explorer 220 Grid Reference: SP174725
Uneven sections with some steps, kissing gates and stiles, field paths may be marshy following wet weather. Take care on roads. Livestock (and their droppings) are present, along with some water hazards (ponds and ditches). Dogs on leads on public footpaths; dogs are not permitted within the property.
- How to get here:
By foot: Millennium Way passes through the park at Packwood
By bus: From Stratford-upon-Avon, alight Hockley Heath, 2 miles
By rail: Lapworth 1.5 miles
By road: 2 miles east of Hockley Heath (on A3400), 11 miles south east of central Birmingham
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