Hampton - Bickenhill - Castle Hills - Hampton

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This walk starts from the Hampton-in-Arden Recreation Ground and passes through a small woodland known as The Spinney, the Hampton Wildflower Meadow and the George Fentham Arboretum before crossing farmland (and the M42!) to the village of Bickenhill.

In the fields on the far side of Bickenhill the path passes close to the end of Birmingham Airport runway. It is beyond me to explain in words why the view of the runway and the flightpath is so extraordinary; perhaps it is because you are close to the runway and also slightly above it. Whatever the reason, everyone I have brought here has liked it, regardless of whether they have any interest in planes. So, please trust me that this view is what makes the walk different - in a good way! - from others in traditional Warwickshire countryside, and come and see it for yourself!

The walk continues through farmland, passing beside Páirc na hÉireann, home of Warwickshire Gaelic Athletic Association, and close to Birmingham Dogs Home in Catherine-de-Barnes, before returning over the M42 and back into Hampton-in-Arden.

Despite the proximity of planes, trains and automobiles, this is for the most part a peaceful, country walk. I am always pleasantly surprised that you can be so close to the airport, the railway and the motorway and still have such a rural feel.

England - Central England - West Midlands - Countryside

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Birds, Flowers, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Public Transport
16/04/2019 - Evan Grant

Thanks Anthony. This was my first Walkingworld route and I was a bit over-enthusiastic with the description. And I still managed to lose you; sorry! You are right about the runway view when the planes are landing into a northerly wind. They pass very close overhead; perhaps worth another visit? Thanks again for taking the time to make a comment, Evan Grant

12/04/2019 - Anthony Carroll

Did this walk early April 2019. Having free public transport in the W Midlands, we have done a few walks from Hampton-in-Arden Station, but always to the South or East. Never considered this area, which considering it is next to Birmingham Airport & bisected by the M42, is surprisingly rural in parts. So thanks for that. Usually I only print off Walking World’s guide map & never the pictures – to save ink. In this case the text seemed very complicated for a 4.4 mile walk, so I did print that out as well – but not the pics. We still managed to go wrong at Waymark 3. A lesson here somewhere. In defence, this initial area is open access, without footpath markers, which I normally rely on. But no great problem at all. The “surprise view” of the airport runway was certainly unusual, although it might be more exciting to pick a day with a northerly wind when, I think, planes come in to land from the South, very closely over your head.

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