Packwood House to Baddesley Clinton walk
A beautiful walk through the Arden countryside, taking in the Stratford-upon-Avon canal and two tranquil Warwickshire properties.
Cross the moat to see what lies inside Baddesley Clinton estate
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, whilst just over the fields Baddesley Clinton is a secluded, intimate estate which was home to the Ferrers family for 500 years.
Packwood Lane, on the Causeway, grid ref: SP174722
Turn left out of the car park and walk along Packwood Lane with the house on your right, to reach the junction with Rising Lane.
Packwood was originally built as a farmhouse at the end of the 16th century, and lived in by the Fetherston family for 350 years. Bought by Alfred Ash in 1905, it was his son Graham Baron Ash who restored the house, gardens and interiors.
Turn right at the junction, walking along Rising Lane until you reach a fork in the road.
At the fork, take the left hand lane and turn left over a canal bridge. Cross the road and on the far side of the bridge, take the footpath down to the towpath.
Turn right along the towpath, following the Stratford-upon-Avon canal past a series of locks. Shortly after the canal goes under the railway is Kingswood Junction - where the South Stratford Canal meets the Grand Union Canal. Turn left over the bridge and carry on along the towpath.
At bridge 65 take the steps up to the road, turn right along the road, past the Navigation Inn and take the footpath on the left signed for the Heart of England Way.
Follow this along a drive, through a stable yard and across the fields to meet the drive at Baddesley Clinton. The house and gardens are well worth a visit, and the restaurant serves hot and cold lunches, teas and a selection of homemade cakes.
Baddesley was a refuge for persecuted Catholics during the 16th century. The secluded estate continued to provide a haven for its Victorian residents, a group of four artists and writers.
To visit Baddesley, turn right and follow the drive to the car park and visitor reception. The walk continues left along the drive, passing Badgers' Dell on the right just before the drive curves to the left.
This is a small quarry and is where the Arden Sandstone used to build the house and nearby church was excavated.
At the end of the drive, cross the road and walk up the lane opposite. Look out for a public footpath sign on the left and follow the path across the fields, going through a series of kissing gates to rejoin the road at a canal bridge.
Turn right along the road, taking a footpath on the right, just after the railway bridge. Follow this down a drive and to the right along a hedge lined path which circles round to the left.
Emerge onto a lane and take the footpath signed opposite, heading up the field with the hedge on your left to meet a road.
Turn right along the road, taking a footpath on the left by the sign for Packwood House. Follow the avenue back to Packwood, crossing over Two Pits Pool and onto Chestnut Avenue from where you get a beautiful view of the house.
Two Pits Pool and Chestnut Avenue
The pools are the result of clay extraction to make bricks. The avenue was planted in the 19th century and makes a dramatic end to the walk.
Packwood House, on the Causeway, grid ref: SP174725
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