POSTPONED - Warwick, Wootton & Hatton and back
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Come and celebrate the start of spring with a walk in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside!
This 12 mile (19.5km) walk starts at Warwick Station; from there we’ll head north for an easy stroll to the lovely village of Leek Wootton. Here the route gets a little trickier with a very muddy but scenic bridle way almost all the way to Hatton.
We’ll stop for lunch at a nice spot by the canal where there’s plenty of seating to have a picnic outside but also a cafe if the weather turns bad. After lunch we’ll take in the famous Hatton Locks - 21 in all - strolling alongside the canal almost all the way back to the start point.
All Saints Church, Leek Wootton (copyright David P. Howard) - sourced from geograph.org.uk/p/1756532 and Ascending the Hatton Flight (copyright Chris Allen) - sourced from geograph.org.uk/p/6266099 both used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence (cc-by-sa/2.0)
All other photos taken by OutdoorLads member Guppy83 who is being assessed to become a leader on this walk!
What to bring
Please bring boots and gaiters because the route is particularly muddy in parts; snacks, water and money for parking and a packed lunch.
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Food & drink
We'll stop for a picnic lunch by the canalside. You'll also need enough to drink and a snack.