The Treble Lawford Circular Walk
10 people attending
10 places left
As part of series of walks in the Warwickshire area this walk is focused on the western side of Rugby and very accessible by car or public transport.
This walk starts in Newbold on Avon and will take in several sites across a circular distance of just over 11miles. The walk is not particularly hilly as starting high up upon where we reach our highest point early in the walk. There are well spaced out gradual assents and descents with no major hill standing out from the rest.
The walk will feature several highlights and points of interest to look out for along the route;
· Walk through Newbold on Avon Canal Tunnel (Remember your Torch)
· Crossing the West Coast Mainline Railway (3 times via footbridges of course)
· Newbold Revel College – Where Prison Officers carry out their training.
· Passing by one of the Brinklow Arches on the Oxford Canal
· Church Newnham – Now only the tower remains from the once former church.
· Long Lawford Abandoned Church
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What to bring
Below is a list of the recommended walking gear/ equipment your need for this walk along with helpful guidance;
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking/walking just about anywhere. Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks. Good walking socks are essential in regard to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters. Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.
Walking Trousers: Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth. They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet. Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.
Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.
Gators: Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall. Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.
Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt. The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.
Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading. Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside or a waterproof cover would do the trick and can be purchased from around £5 from most outdoor attire shops.
Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Torch: May prove useful for our jounrey through the Newbold on Avon tunnel although it is not very long.
A lot of this will depend on the weather in terms of temperatures and conditions so if particularly warm & mild the more warmer items would most likely not be required. Try to bear in mind that although it maybe a bit cool/fresh before beginning the walk, your body temperatures will rise so easy to remove layers as mentioned above is the best way.
You may find it useful and will further enhance your walk experience by bringing the following items if you would like to do so;
· Map of walk – OS Explorer 222 Rugby & Coventry or OS Landranger 140 Leicester, Coventry & Rugby.
· Walking Pole(s)
Food & drink
When we depart The Barley Mow there will be no further opportunity to re-stock or obtain food and liquid supplies so please do bring a packed lunch. There is a local co-op store (village shop size) on Main Street in Newbold on Avon and is a 2 minute walk from The Barley Mow where you should find a limited selection availiable.
FOOD & DRINK RECORMENDATIONS
It is recommended that you bring to the walk the following to keep you hydrated and nourished throughout the walk;
· Packed Lunch
· At least 2litres of fluids (sadly alcohol doesn’t count) to keep you hydrated
· Couple of energy snacks or bars to keep you going.
It has been known for the leader to have a supply of sweets and chocolates to keep you going, and perhaps maybe some homemade cakes, who knows.