This walk visits a 17th century windmill near Harbury in Warwickshire. The Grade I listed mill is a well known local landmark and the earliest tower mill in England to retain any of its working parts.
You can start the walk from the roadside parking close the mill. It's located on Windmill Hill Lane just to the west of Harbury. From here you can directly access a footpath leading up to the windmill. It's about a half mile walk there and back, taking place on a fairly flat grassy path. The mill is in a nice position surrounded by some lovely Warwickshire countryside. There are also views to a Roman settlement in the adjacent field, to the north west of the mill.
PostcodeCV33 9LB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Chesterton Windmill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chesterton Windmill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chesterton Windmill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chesterton Windmill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Harbury there's the The Crown Inn on Crown Street at postcode CV33 9HE. They have a good menu and selection of ales to enjoy after your exercise. There's also the historic Shakespeare Inn, a 16th century timber framed pub on Mill Street at postcode CV33 9HR. The pub includes a nice large garden for warmer days.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head into Harbury and you can pick up the Warwickshire Centenary Way to extend your walking in the area. For example you could follow it north to visit Ufton Fields where there are some ponds and a nature reserve. Just to the south of the mill there are also some public footpaths around Chesterton, where there are some fish ponds and a mill pool.
A few miles to the south west you'll find Charlecote Park. The park is another lovely place for a walk with river trails along the River Avon and pretty gardens to see. You can reach the site from the nearby village of Wellesbourne on the Wellesbourne Walk. It's about a 2 mile walk from the village, running along the River Dene. You can also visit the village's historic watermill beforehand.
Near here there's a similar local highlight at Compton Verney. The fine Georgian Mansion is surrounded by Capability Brown landscaped grounds with woodland, lakes, sculptures and some particularly impressive redwoods. The site also includes an award winning art gallery which is well worth a visit.
The woodland trails in Oakley Wood are also easily reachable from the mill.
Head north east from the mill and you will come to the attractive market town of Southam. You can try the circular Southam Walk which visits the River Stowe, the River Itchen and the Ufton Fields Nature Reserve.