Grand Union Canal and Beacon Hill from Napton-on-the-Hill

A Warwickshire walk full of interest. The route passes a restored windmill, follows two sections of canal and visits the summit of Beacon Hill which offers good views across the surrounding countryside.

Technical sheet
No. 293191
A Napton on the Hill walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 21/06/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h50[?]
Distance Distance : 12.13km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 144m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 146m
Highest point Highest point : 208m
Lowest point Lowest point : 93m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Napton on the Hill
Starting point Starting point : N 52.247465° / W 1.319653°
Download :

Description

(D/A)The Warwickshire countryside is never dramatic but often full of interest and this walk is no exception. The start is the village of Napton-on-the-Hill located just south of the A425 between Southam and Daventry. Limited on street parking is available (grid ref. SP465612) and you are asked not to inconvenience local residents. The walk starts from the junction of Hackwell Street (the main road through the village) and School Hill. From this junction take the enclosed footpath north to reach a track/lane. Turn left and follow this byway passing the parish church on your left and continuing along a driveway which leads to a house with a restored windmill on top of Napton Hill. Before reaching the house and windmill, which is private property, turn right onto the footpath which follows a rather convoluted route to reach a lane (grid ref. SP453613) passing an industrial area on the right.

(1)Turn right along the lane, cross the canal and turn right onto the towpath along the Oxford Canal. You are now on the Oxford Canal Walk which is followed under the A425, and another two side roads to reach Napton Marina on your right. Continue past these moorings to reach the larger Wigrams Turn Marina, also on your right, and Napton Junction where the Grand Union Canal comes in from the left (grid ref. SP468625). Cross the footbridge over the Grand Union Canal and turn left. You are now heading north with the Grand Union Canal on your immediate left. Away to your left are Napton Reservoirs and you soon reach the first of the Calcutt Locks (grid ref. SP468633).

(2)Leave the towpath here by taking the footpath on the right. This path leads across a field with the hedge line on your left to reach a junction with a bridleway (grid ref. SP469636). Turn right onto this bridleway and continue for about a kilometre to join the access drive to Calcutt House Farm. Keep straight ahead and join a lane which is followed for a further 800 metres to reach the canal. Do not cross the canal bridge, but turn left and follow the canal towpath (canal to your right) to a footbridge (grid ref. SP488628). Cross this footbridge and continue along the path into the village of Lower Shuckbrough and the main A425 road.

(3)Cross this road with care and take the footpath opposite. The onward path heads south east skirting Park Lane Farm to climb steadily onto the Shuckbrough Hills. Reaching a junction of paths (grid ref. SP495617) bear right and continue to head southwest towards the summit of Beacon Hill with its trig point (grid ref. SP489609). At the corner of the woodland, turn right and descend across fields past Halls Barn Farm to a lane (grid ref. SP483610). Turn left along the lane almost immediately take the footpath on your right. This crosses the first field half left and continues across further fields, through the campsite to reach a lane (grid ref. SP472610). Cross this lane and continue on the path following a similar direction past a lake and through another field and out onto a lane (grid ref. SP469611). Cross the road and take the footpath opposite. Almost immediately take the footpath on your left, go half left across a field, follow the byway to the right, and at the junction turn left back to the starting point in Napton-on-the-Hill.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: junction of Hackwell St and School Hill
1 : km 1.49 - alt. km 1.49 - Turn right along lane
2 : km 4.56 - alt. km 4.56 - Calcutt Locks: take footpath on right
3 : km 7.24 - alt. km 7.24 - Lower Shuckbrough: cross road, take path opposite
D/A : km 12.12 - alt. km 12.12 - Finish: junction of Hackwell St and School Hill

Useful Information

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.48/5
Number of opinions : 7
Description quality : 4.43/5
Routemap quality : 4.43/5
Walk interest : 4.57/5


Walker
on Wed 20 Nov 2019 16:24:47 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 19/11/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Really enjoyed walk, nice variety of terrain. The styles area very boggy due to recent rains which is to be expected . During the Walk saw Barn Owl, Red kite and plenty of pheasants.

Was not able to

used the alternative starting point suggested in the post below.


Walker
on Mon 01 Jul 2019 11:01:49 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 30/07/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

The path was a bit overgrown near the start, just after the windmill. Many of the styles have now been changed to newer gates, which makes life easier. There is much easier off road parking at point 1 just before you cross the canal, so you may want to start your walk from here (Postcode CV47 8NT). The part next to the canal is flat and easy, so if you want to tackle the hilly part of the walk first, you could do the whole thing the other way round. We skipped point 2 and stayed on the Oxford canal getting off next to a bridge near point 3, to make it a bit shorter.The views from the trig point on Beacon Hill are very good.


Walker
on Mon 13 May 2019 15:50:47 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 13/05/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A nice walk with friends easy to follow
Canal path , open fields and woodland areas
Interesting plants and views of stately home and deer in park
😎👍


Walker
on Tue 11 Sep 2018 11:44:05 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 11/09/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Good directions along this walk. Lots of interest along the canal. The windmill can be seen in the distance on the hill and the village of Napton has some lovely houses with great views.


Walker
on Mon 06 Aug 2018 16:39:49 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 06/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Good walk. You can get a good coffee and cake at the post office / coffee shop in Napton.

Note, towpath is uneven in places and overgrown.


Moderator hiker
on Thu 21 Jun 2018 15:35:34 CEST

Many thanks for your feedback on this walk. We have made the changes you suggested to the walk description to improve it for future walkers. Please feel free to post any photos too if you have any


Walker
on Mon 18 Jun 2018 14:48:23 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 18/06/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A very enjoyable walk. Please note that whilst the map is clear, At point 2, after leaving the towpath and crossing a field to reach a junction with a bridle way, it might be clearer to say turn right onto the bridleway. In addition at the very end when reaching the lane at grid ref SP472610, the path goes into the campsite and goes to the right of the lake. Once across the next field I was not able to take the left footpath as extremely overgrown. On reaching the byway you cannot cross the next field as they are building houses and I followed the byway back to the main road and starting point.
Parking was okay on the road but there is also parking by the church, although obviously may not be available when church in use. Finally several fields full of cows and their calves. Some of the mothers did not like anyone crossing their field and I had to find an alternative route on one occasion!!!
Overall a very enjoyable walk


Walker
on Mon 07 May 2018 09:04:47 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 07/05/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Thoroughly enjoyable route, with different terrain and landscapes to enjoy..

Other walks in the area

Napton on the Hill circular walk
distance 7.22km Vertical gain +50m Vertical drop -50m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Napton on the Hill - Warwickshire

A short circular walk that offers some wonderful views of the Warwickshire countryside. The route passes through the village of Napton on the Hill with its fine windmill.

A circular walk from Long Itchington
distance 9.8km Vertical gain +25m Vertical drop -22m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Long Itchington - Warwickshire

Starting from Long Itchington with its many pubs, this Warwickshire walk explores some delightful countryside and a section of the Grand Union Canal. The walk also follows a section of the Millenium Way.

distance 12.97km Vertical gain +65m Vertical drop -70m Durée 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Long Itchington - Warwickshire

A stroll through rural Warwickshire with no destination in mind. This route includes paths, country lanes and a section of the Grand Union Canal.

Newnham, Northamptonshire
distance 11.63km Vertical gain +121m Vertical drop -120m Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Northamptonshire

This is a good walk at any time but really good in spring when the bluebells are out in Badby Woods and butterflies are exploring the hedgerows. The route passes through some scenic Northamptonshire villages and includes small stretches of the Nene and Knightley Ways.

distance 8.75km Vertical gain +228m Vertical drop -230m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Radway - Warwickshire

A Warwickshire walk that is full of interest, visiting some pretty villages and the attractive escarpment of Ege Hill with fine views to the north. The route also uses sections of the Battlefields Trail and Centenary Way long distance footpaths.

distance 12.29km Vertical gain +71m Vertical drop -71m Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Middleton Cheney - Northamptonshire

This delightful walk explores parts of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire using a section of the Millennium Way. The route starts from Middleton cheney and continues via Thenford, Upper Wardington and Chacombe back to the start.

Elkington, Grand Union Canal & Cold Ashby from Winwick
distance 20.74km Vertical gain +225m Vertical drop -216m Durée 6h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Northamptonshire

A lengthy Northamptonshire walk that explores the countryside to the north-west of Northampton. The route uses a section of the Jurassic Way, the towpath of Grand Union Canal, fields paths and country lanes. Winwick is a small rural community of some 40 souls, according to their website, situated off the A428 north of West Haddon and west of Northampton.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.