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COUNTRY WALK: LONG COMPTON - WHICHFORD WOOD 4 miles. Map 1044. Pathfinder.; A dragonfly theme to this family ramble.

THE county council produced a leaflet entitled Dragonfly Walks, not in pursuit of the insects, but because the shape of the footpaths around Long Compton resemble the dragonfly.

This walk uses the paths to the east of the village and is mostly along cart roads and tracks with no stiles to climb. It would be the perfect family walk in beautiful countryside.

Norman Gale wrote:

"We came at last upon the hills that keep, As mothers watch their babes asleep, Long Compton guarded in the vale.

"There as a dreaming child it lay and took the evening light."

HOW TO GET THERE

FOLLOW A423 from Coventry to Princethorpe and turn right onto the Fosse Way.

Continue through Halford to the next island and turn left onto the A3400. Pass through Shipston still on A3400 to reach Long Compton.

Drive through the village to park in the village hall car park on the right.

THE WALK

TURN left out of the car park and walk past the village store and the church to a fork in the road and a signpost to Whichford.

At this side of the fork turn right into a shale drive next to a waymark on the garden fence.

Go forward through a field gate into a meadow and head direct to the next gate. Go through onto a cart track and follow it to the corner of the wood.

Stay in this direction along the edge of the wood and at the field corner enter the wood. Follow the track to exit from the wood and turn sharp right onto another track.

Climb the steep gradient to the top where the path opens out to a panorama of countryside on the right.

Continue along the wood on your left and pass a short waymark post.

Go on to a hedge coming in from the right and turn right behind the hedge. (There is no waymark post here).

Go on in this direction and descend to a field corner and a spinney. Look to an overgrown and sunken path on your right which is the correct route.

I suggest you turn left here and follow the edge of the spinney past the barn to its corner.

Turn right to a waymark post situated on the other end of the overgrown path. Go ahead on the cart track and ignore a left turn at the blue bridle arrow.

Continue into a field and with the hedge on your left proceed to a group of barns.

Stay on the cart road to return to the village and walk forward to the main road.

Turn left to the village hall.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Weston, Ron
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 21, 2000
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