Stratford-upon-AvonWarwick

Strwar one
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Distance

17km/10mi

Ascent

190m

Descent

160m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.

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This route has been reviewed by 3 people.

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Not verified

Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (2) Maybe (1)

Problems reported -  Accuracy (1)

Downloads - 21

Surveys

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Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Maybe present Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 50.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 4.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 4.0% (1)

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Present at time of survey Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Present at time of survey Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Present at time of survey Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Present at time of survey Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

25.0% of the route is on roads (1)

There is no data on how much of this route is lit at night

25.0% of the route is paved (1)

40.0% of the route is muddy (1)

40.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

3.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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0X May 2021 by Kellouwil
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

Stratford-upon-Avon
Grid Ref SP2044954981
Lat / Lon 52.19271° / -1.70226°
Easting / Northing 420,449E / 254,981N
What3Words values.mining.wacky
Warwick
Grid Ref SP2797864824
Lat / Lon 52.28087° / -1.59131°
Easting / Northing 427,978E / 264,824N
What3Words spot.prompting.local

Strwar One's land is

Arable 39.3%
Pasture 37.5%
Urban 23.2%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Andrew Davies

02 Aug 2023 Summer

I walked from Stratford and agree with the previous reviewers that the southern half (first part for me) is lovely - nice path out of Stratford and lovely countryside as far as Snitterfield with good signs. I agree that taking the footpath here into the village is good, even if it is through a field planted with crops. The route from here to the M40 is pretty wild in mid-summer with almost no signposting or paths visible on the ground, so you need to be confident with your map-reading! In particular there is little indication at Red Hill Farm (I went round it to the left, crossing their campsite, following advice from a worker there). But I also didn't reach Heath End Lane at the right point and had to scale a gate to continue. The next part was very overgrown and it was a relief to reach the road over the M40, but unfortunately it is not particularly safe, without much of a verge. Going round on the road (as noted, the marked footpath is blocked) I decided to avoid the problems noted with crossing the dreaded A46 from other reviewers; so I just stayed on the A4189 Henley road all the way into Warwick, which is less pleasant with traffic, but has a pavement all the way and, crucially, a safe bridge over the A46. It's an option for those who don't want to play chicken with speeding cars.


Steve Litchfield

02 Oct 2022 Autumn

I walked this route northwards from Stratford-upon-Avon today. On the whole it's a good walk. However, there are a few issues with this route mentioned below which have meant i've only given it 3 stars. There is a pub in Snitterfield, which is nearly half way, for refreshments.

If you're tall like me, you'll have to watch it when you're leaving Stratford, watch your head under the two bridges along the canal, the headroom is less than 6 foot. Then it's a good walk out of Stratford along the road to the Welcombe Hills. The route along the top of the hills offers some great views eastwards. The journey through the golf course is straightforward, and then after passing through 'The Farm' you reach a bit of road walking as you walk towards Snitterfield which you have to be careful with.

Here, the first error in the routes of both this and the other walk (strwar two) exists, where both routes take you along the road of Kings Lane to the junction with White Horse Hill to descend into the village along the road. Before the junction, on the left, is a footpath which takes you towards Snitterfield avoiding the road walking at the junction. Neither of these routes take this clearly marked footpath to avoid the road walking.

The next issue was after leaving Snitterfield, when the footpath reaches Red Hill Farm, the waymarking is poor and I couldn't find the path towards Oldhouse Farm. It's not a disaster though as there is an alternative path northeast which takes you to Bell Brook where you can rejoin the given path on this route at Heath End Lane.

The waymarking then gets slightly better, although there were a couple of paths where the waymarked posts had fallen into disrepair, so you have to keep your eyes open and watch your navigation. It wasn't until after i'd crossed the M40 that I encountered the next issue. You have to walk along another section of road as you cross the M40, and as this road turns to the left, the route takes a right turn up a dirt track which has been deliberately blocked off by the owner (see my photo 14). Looking at the OS map, it isn't actually marked as a Public ROW, but instead as a route with 'Other Public Access'. I will check with the Highways Authority to see if there is any restriction with this route, but you will not be getting over the deliberate obstacles easily! The only option is to turn back and divert around the road to get to the Old School Lane towards Hampton on the Hill.

The final issue is, as has been correctly identified in the other review, is that the route given here over the A46 doesn't exist. I notice that review takes the next crossing over the A46 on the OS map, albeit with a slight deviation due to a housing development in Hampton Magna at time of writing. I think this will be cleared in good time once the development has completed, but I don't think it's worth the longer detour as given in strwar two. You do however have to play a game of chicken crossing the motorway speed of traffic on the A46.

Apart from the issues above, there are plenty of gates, stiles, bridges and a few steps to navigate. A few of the stiles and bridges are in poor condition at time of writing.


Kellouwil

08 Aug 2021 Summer

Living in Warwick, we did this route in reverse. The wrong path across the racecourse had been selected as the small bridge into the field has long gone. The route across the A46 is non-existent. We doubled back on ourselves to find another way to document, but after crossing the A46 (not recommended!) we’d followed a footpath which abruptly ended on a housing development with no way through. Third times a charm, but we were not crossing back over the A46 so we went off-path around the edge of the field and eventually found another way through. The rest of the route was great! We’ve suggested a small edit given that it appears some rights of way no longer exist.


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