Warwick Walking
Weekend

Guided Walking Holiday - 2 Nights

25-27 February 2022

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Key info:

Highlights:

  • Getting to know the County Town of Warwick; its history, backstreets, its stunning architecture and countryside  
  • Spending your evenings in relaxing and comfortable accommodation whilst enjoying the variety of enticing, locally sourced food and drink Warwick has to offer.
  • The dramatic view of the ruins of Kenilworth castle from the surrounding countryside.
  • Discovering the secrets of the area with a local, knowledgeable guide.

Prices:

The costs for this two-night holiday include dinner, bed and breakfast and are as follows:

  • Standard Double – £290 per person for single occupancy and £265 per person for double occupancy
  • Superior Double – £300 per person for single occupancy and £270 per person for double occupancy


St Marys church, Warwick

Warwick:

Escape to the country this February and discover a different part of England with a weekend of walking from Historic Warwick.  

Famous for its fabulous castle, Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, and it sits on a rocky hill above the river Avon. Warwick looks and feels like it has a story to tell, and in this it does not disappoint. This historic English market town sits overlooking Shakespeare’s Avon River, and is the county town of Warwickshire. It is connected to the railway and has a Canal to discover. Civilisations have settled here since Neolithic times. The Romans were here, then the Anglo-Saxons, William the Conqueror later founded a mott and bailey castle in 1068, built as a base from which to control the advances into the Midlands as he forged north. The town later became walled and two strong gates still exist: the Eastgate and the Westgate. During this time the town also saw a new bridge built across the Avon. 

The price includes dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and full breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

© Chiltern Conservation Board

Daily Itinerary:

Here is the day-by-day itinerary, click on the day to learn more.

Check-in is from 3pm. Meet at 17:00 in reception for an introductory orientation on foot around ancient Warwick. Your guide will introduce you to the town and its history. Following this, we will meet at 19:00 again at reception for a briefing about the following day, then we enjoy our dinner together in the restaurant of the Globe.

Distance 8.5 miles/ 433ft ascent, 350ft decent

Saturday’s walk starts and finishes from the hotel. After a lovely full breakfast, we leave on foot at 09:30 and complete a circular route taking in the ancient Warwick Racecourse which was first used in 1707 and is rich in wildlife, the tranquil green oasis that is the Saltisford arm of the Grand Union Canal, and with scenic countryside throughout including iconic views of Collegiate Church of St Mary. A great orientation and introduction to Warwick. 

We will meet at 19:00 again to discuss the following days arrangements, before our final supper.

Grand Union Canal

Distance 9 miles/ ascent & decent 450ft.

Some 900 years old, the castle at Kenilworth is now in ruins but was one of Henry VIII’s favourites. Built from local sandstone, it stands on a rocky knoll and was one of the strongest castles in the land. It has an interesting history. One of the longest sieges in Britain took place there in 1266, and Queen Elizabeth I visited Kenilworth four times.
After our final breakfast and check-out, we depart in our vehicles for the historic town of Kenilworth where we do a wonderful 9-mile circular walk. The drive is less than 12 minutes away and provides a good opportunity for you to enjoy the scenic surrounding countryside. If you arrived by public transport, there will be an opportunity for a lift.

Kenilworth Castle

 

We say goodbye after the walk today.

Departing frog with suitcase

Please note that if weather conditions are bad, or conditions change locally then it may be necessary to diverge from a part of the programme at short notice.  Every effort however will be made to keep to the advertised programme.

Our Accommodation:

The Globe: 10 Theatre Street, Warwick CV34 4DP 

The 18th century saw building commence on our hotel, The Globe. Originally constructed as a Coaching House, it also spent some time as a Theatre.  Our hotel has character and style and is well located in the centre of Warwick, but also close to the surrounding countryside.

This weekend holiday is for two nights (dinner, bed and breakfast included) at The Globe, which is in the centre of Warwick. The price includes dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and full Breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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See the Visit Warwick promo here

Additional Information:

To book, you may either ring me on 07979 501887 or if you prefer you may email me julian@wilkeswalks.co.uk and I will get back to you. 

You will need to pay a deposit of£100 to secure your place. The final balance will be due 8 weeks before departure. 

All payments can be made via BACS. Please ensure you put your surname and initial as a reference. 

Account details:

Sort Code: 11-03-67

Account: 13435862

Reference: surname and initial

 

This is not an exhaustive list but highlights the main requirements. Please note, some of the tracks can be muddy after prolonged rain.

Essential Items
  • Waterproof walking-boots. Properly worn in and which provide good grip
  • Waterproof jacket and over trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Gloves and a warm hat
  • Water bottle – 1 ltr
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Several layers of clothing – which can be added or removed as required


Recommended items
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Sit Mat
  • Specialist walking socks


Optional items
  • Gaiters – these can be useful after rain
  • Blister kit
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Walking poles (can be useful)

By train:

Railway station: is Warwick (WRW): Station Road, off Coventy Road, Warwick CV34 4LA. 

The Chiltern Line & West Midland services operate through here. To walk from the train station to the hotel takes approx. 15 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE: Warwick Parkway station (WRP) is situated out of town.  

By car:

Warwick is served by an extensive motorway network.

  • From London and the south east M40, exit at Junction 13 for Warwick.
  • From the south west M5, M42 & M40, exit at Junction 15 for Warwick.
  • From the north west M6, M42 & M40, exit at Junction 15 for Warwick.
  • From the north east M1, M69, A45 & A46 and follow the Warwick signs.
  • From the east take the A14, M6, A45, A46 and follow the Warwick signs.

 

PARKING AT WARWICK:

Due to the location of our hotel in the centre of Warwick, the Globe does not have its own dedicated car park. There are however, plenty of parking options close by (cost not included).

Perhaps the best location for parking is West Rock Carpark, it is 3 minutes-walk to the Globe Hotel. The cost for 24 hours is £6.30 and so arriving on Friday at 16:00 you would need to pay once, then once again on Saturday. Parking here from 18:00 to 08:00 costs £1.50.

The best way to manage your parking is by using the ‘RingGo’ app on your smartphone.   

There is one OS map which covers both our walks. The leader will have a copy to show you the routes at the evening briefings.  

1:25:000. OS Explorer Map: 221 for Coventry and Warwick.