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COUNTRY WALK; WIMPSTONE to CRIMSCOTE, WARWICKSHIRE Four miles. Pathfinder Map 1021.; Mud lovers' ideal brisk winter ramble.

FOR those who enjoy a brisk winter walk away from muddy fields and paths this interesting route will suffice.

A part of the walk is along the busy A3400 but a good pavement ensures your safety. You will see evidence of the horse-drawn tramway, which opened in 1826 for the movement of freight between London and Stratford via the canal and river systems.

It ran between Stratford and Moreton-in-Marsh and closed in 1869.

HOW TO GET THERE

Follow the A46 Warwick bypass to Stratford and stay in the left lane to cross the river bridge. Turn right at the island on to the A3400 and continue for 3 miles.

Turn right into Wimpstone Lane and park adjacent to the river bridge.

WALK on along Wimpstone Lane and fork left at the phone kiosk to pass through the hamlet. Remain on this quiet lane for almost two miles and enter the hamlet of Crimscote.

Turn left through a metal kissing gate next to the village sign and bear diagonal left past the wooden power pole. With the river on your right proceed to a similar kissing gate and maintain direction to the footbridge seen in front of two tall barns.

Go out to the main road and turn left through the village of Alderminster. Pass the church and the Bell Inn and go on to the end of the houses on the left.

Look for the footpath sign close to the speed derestriction sign which should be ignored. Continue for 80 yards and turn left over a marked stile to descend the steps. Do not go down the bank but turn right to stay on top of the ridge and close to the road.

Follow the path through the tree-line on the route of the old tramway and go over a stile. Bear left and cross a footplank over the river overflow to continue to the right side of the farm buildings ahead.

Pass through the field gate and cross the farm drive to proceed along the fence of the barn conversion.

Remain in this direction along the farm drive with the hedge on your right and follow it to the road.

Turn left to return to your car at the river bridge.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Weston, Ron
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 9, 1999
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