Warwick History Tour to Via Baddesley Clinton Packwood House Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle History Tour via Baddesley Clinton & Packwood House

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A 35 mile cycle route starting in the historic town of Warwick and takes you through the

scenic Warwickshire countryside firstly to Baddesley Clinton and then on to Packwood House before returning back to Warwick Castle vi a looped circuit. The cycle route is mainly along ‘B’ roads and country lane with very few hills along the way. You will find plenty of places for refreshments on route as both Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House have tea rooms and you will find some lovely country pubs on the way as well.

 

Starting at Castle Hill (by the castle) in the centre of Warwick cycle along Castle Hill away from the roundabout and continue along The Butts for 300 yards to the end of the road. At the end of Butts hill you TURN LEFT AND IMMEDIATE RIGHT along Cape Road which virtually opposite you.

Cycle along Cape Road over the railway and after about half a mile you come to a ‘T’
junction with Wedgnock Road. At the junction TURN RIGHT along Wedgnock Road after 200 yards (just before the bend) TURN LEFT along the lane which takes you over the A46 and after cycling for about three quarters of a mile up the hill you come to the village of Wedgnock. Continue through Wedgnock and after about half a mile along the lane you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT along Kites Nest Lane.

Continue along Kites Nest Lane for 500 yards where you TURN LEFT along a country lane and cycle along the lane for about 300 yards where you TURN LEFT on to Beausale Lane and after 250 yards you TURN RIGHT along another country lane which you cycle along for about 500 yards where you TURN RIGHT (just as the lane you are on bends sharply to the left). Follow the lane for about one and a quarter miles where you come to a junction with the A4177. At the junction TURN LEFT and after 250 yards you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout TAKE THE SECOND EXIT along Case Lane. Cycle along Case Lane passing Mousley House Farm and after a quarter of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction which is just after Whitley Elm Cottages.

At the junction TURN RIGHT along Quarry Lane, after about a quarter of a mile Quarry Lane runs on to Hay Wood Lane. Continue along Hay Wood Lane past the woods on your right and after about three quarters of a mile along Hay Wood Lane you come to a ‘T’ junction near the village of Baddesley Clint. At the junction TURN LEFT along Rising Lane and after 300 yards you come to the entrance of Baddesley Clinton Hall on your left.

Baddesley Clinton is a 13th century moated manor house which today is run by The

Baddesley Clinton

National Trust. The house has extensive formal gardens and ponds, with many of the farm buildings dating back to the 18th century. St. Michael’s church, which shares much history with the house, is just a few hundred yards up a lane. Inside the house are a beautiful great hall, parlour and library, amongst other rooms, and there is a great deal of 16th century carving and furniture to be seen.

Cycle out of Baddesley Clinton Hall and TURN LEFT along Rising Lane and cycle approximately 1 mile to the end of Rising Lane where you TURN RIGHT along Packwood Lane wand after cycling along Packwood Lane for 300 yards you come to Packwood House. Packwood House is a timber-framed Tudor manor house which is run by The National Trust. It has a wealth of tapestries and fine furniture, but is most famous for its yew garden in which the clipped trees are said to represent the Sermon on the Mount. The house was built in the 16th century.

Your return journey back to Warwick takes you on a more direct route. From Packwood House cycle back along Packwood Lane for about half a mile where you come to a junction with Old Warwick Road B4439. At the junction TURN LEFT along Old Warwick Road heading in the direction of Kingswood and Warwick. Cycle along the road for about 2 miles until you come to the Shrewley Village. At Shrewley TURN RIGHT along Shrewley Common and along the road over the canal and under the motorway. About 200 yards after passing under the motorway you come to a small cross roads. At the junction GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along The Cumsey and cycle along the lane for about three quarters of a mile until you come to the village of Claverdon. At Claverdon you come to a cross road junction with Henley Road. At the junction GO STRAIGHT AHEAD on to Langley Road and cycle along Langley Road out of the village and after tree quarters of a mile you pass through the village of Langley. Continue trough Langley where the lane changes its name to Ford Lane and after 500 yards you come to a ‘T’ junction.

At the junction TURN LEFT and follow the lane for about half a mile where you come to a small cross road junction. At the cross roads GO STRAIGHT AHEAD which takes you along Wolverton Road towards Littleworth. Continue through Littleworth and after about a quarter of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction with the B4463. At the junction TURN LEFT and THEN TURN RIGHT along Henley Road A4189 which takes you back to Warwick passing Warwick Racecourse on the way.

After about 1 mile you reach Warwick and come to a junction with The High Street. At the junction TURN LEFT along High Street and cycle along High Street for 200 yards where you find yourself back at Castle Hill next to Warwick Castle. The start/finish of your cycle ride.

Warwick Castle is a medieval castle in and it sits on the River Avon. The castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and must be one of the most famous castles in Britain. Warwick the county town of Warwickshire boasts history from the Anglo Saxon, Vikings and medieval times. In 1694 a lot of the medieval town was destroyed in the fire in the town. Toady it has its own university and has many shops and café’s to explore.

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