Wootton Wawen Walks
This pretty Warwickshire village is a fine place to start a walk. There's riverside trails, canalside paths and some picturesque neighbouring villages to visit in the area. The historic village is also notable as housing the oldest church in Warwickshire and a splendid 17th century half timbered inn.
This route uses sections of the Stratford Upon Avon Canal and the Arden Way to create a circular walk around the village.
The walk starts on the canal aqueduct, just to the east of the village. From here you can pick up the towpath and follow it south past Austy Wood and Bearley Cross before coming to Wilmcote. Here you'll find Mary Arden's Farm, the farmhouse of Mary Shakespeare (née Arden), the mother of William Shakespeare. The houses and farm are presented as a "working Tudor farm" with rare breeds including Tamworth pigs, Cotswold sheep, Longhorn cattle, Bagot and Golden Guernsey goats, geese and birds of prey. The farm gives you a good idea of what life would have been like for the young Mary, working on the farm in the early 16th century. The building is Grade I listed and dates from 1514.
The route then follows Wood Lane west to Aston Holdings before turning north along the Arden Way. You can follow the waymarked trail through Aston Cantlow before following the River Alne back into Wootton Wawen.
PostcodeB95 6BY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Wootton Wawen Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wootton Wawen Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Wootton Wawen OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Wootton Wawen Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in the village the ancient Bulls Head is a fine place for some post walk refreshment. The 17th century half timbered inn is located in a nice spot, opposite the Anglo Saxon church. The interior is full of olde worlde charm with old beams and open fires. Outside there's a lovely garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode B95 6BD for your sat navs.
The waterside paths make for a pleasant walk with your dog. The Bulls Head mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Arden Way can be followed north to visit Henley in Arden. Also nearby is the National Trust's Baddesley Clinton where you can pick up the Grand Union Canal Walk and explore the bluebell woods in Hay Wood.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Warwickshire Walks page.