Walking the Hunningham Circular
County/Area – Warwickshire
Length – 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Ascent – 150 feet / 45 metres
Grade – easy
Start – OS grid reference SP373685
Lat 52.313348 // Long -1.454276
Postcode CV33 9DY (approx. location only)
This Warwickshire walk explores the countryside close to Leamington Spa. The route uses a section of the Millennium Way long distance footpath.
Walk Route Description
Within a short driving distance from Leamington Spa, this easy circular walk starts from The Red Lion pub near the village of Hunningham, Warwickshire. For the first half of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way then return from Cubbington to join the River Leam leading you back to our starting point.
A – We start our walk from The Red Lion near Hunningham. Turn right out of pub car park to cross the bridge over the River Leam. Pass road left and immediately after the Severn Trent booster station take kissing gate left – marked with the distinctive Millennium Way waymarker. Go half left diagonally across field to take kissing gate by telegraph pole into field. Cross narrow field with buildings left to take kissing gate and go ahead across field centre to take next kissing gate. Go 1/4 left to find kissing gate by wooden bridge in far hedge. Cross bridge and go ahead with hedge right to find gate in larger gate to left of isolated building. Take gate and continue ahead (ignoring footpath right) with hedge right to corner kissing gate to cross small concrete bridge. Follow path directly ahead gently uphill to reach waymark at farm track. As you cross the field you have a lovely view of St. Michael’s church at Weston under Weatherley.
B – When you reach the waymark post turn right at the farm track and go downhill for some 75 metres turning left at the hedge corner. Go ahead with hedge right for 75 metres to find hedge gap which gives access to metal and concrete bridge. Cross bridge and continue ahead with hedge left and follow the path to the corner of the field at South Cubbington Wood which lies ahead. In 50 metres turn left to enter wood via hidden waymark. Follow main path through wood as it swings right and continue to far side to exit wood, then turn left and go with hedge left in the direction of Cubbington Village. On reaching corner of field cross tubular bridge and turn left to follow path around field and up towards houses. At houses, turn left along alleyway for 150 metres to reach St Mary’s Church, Cubbington.
C – Go past the church and the Kings Head to the road junction. Here we leave the Millennium Way to turn left down New Street. Continue along New Street to where the main road veers sharply right and at this point continue directly ahead up Mill Lane following the public footpath sign. After 100 metres take footpath left along track to continue along between hedges. Follow track gently uphill at which point it becomes more of a footpath. Keep ahead with hedge left ignoring any gaps. The edge of South Cubbington Wood soon comes into view. Continue around edge of field keeping the wood on your left. Once past the wood ignore bridge and footpath left, continue ahead keeping hedge left into next field and heading gently downhill to field corner. Take the gap into next field continuing downhill with hedge left to cross small wooden footbridge in field corner. Continue ahead and on reaching the waymarker at the hedge go right keeping hedge left. Go through gap to go downhill with hedge right into area of woodland. Keep ahead through woodland emerging to cross footbridge over River Leam.
D – Go half left across field to meet fence and continue along with fence right and river on your far left. At the end of the fence in the field corner take the gate right just before you meet the river swinging in from the left. Go along with hedge left around edge of field, shortly to meet a path joining from the right. Ignore this path and continue along with hedge left and go through kissing gate then gently downhill keeping hedge right to large gap in corner. Go through gap over small stream keeping the river left and continue across next field with hedge right to take metal kissing gate in right hand corner to next field. Take kissing gate and go directly ahead across next field keeping river to your left. Go ahead, passing a small church on your right, the River Leam curves gently in to meet you at the far end of the field where you should take the stile. You have again joined The Millennium Way at this point, the path coming in from the right. Once over the stile continue along following the river bank, ignoring the stile 50m on your right. Continue ahead with the river left to cross field which brings you back to your starting point at The Red Lion just across the road.
Circle back to The Red Lion and join us for a bite to eat.