Designated a conservation area, Southam retains many interesting historic buildings. Look up, for example, The Olde Mint, where Charles I is said to have made coins for his troops after the Battle of Edgehill. Then maybe stretch your legs walking to the Holy Well in the beautiful Stowe Valley.
Several scenic attractions are within easy reach, including the unique 17th-century Chesterton Windmill perched on its six stone pillars, and Napton-on-the-Hill where the Grand Union and Oxford canals meet. Explore wildlife-rich Ufton Fields Nature Reserve, home to 28 different types of butterfly, or the rugged ridges of Burton Dassett Hills Country Park. See accommodation near Southam.
Unlock the secrets of a home that offered a haven to Catholics persecuted in the Elizabethan era. Atmospheric interiors throughout the house conjure the comforts of the times, yet this moated medieval manor also conceals no fewer than three priest’s holes: just imagine the hold-your-breath moments endured by someone in hiding. Stretch your legs in the delightful garden complete with stewponds and lake, find out what’s fresh in the vegetable garden, or follow the lovely nature walk.
Was Shakespeare caught poaching deer at Charlecote Park? Come and find out, and uncover strong associations with Queen Elizabeth I, too. Charlecote Park has been home to the Lucy family for over 700 years and its mellow brickwork and tall chimneys are the very essence of Tudor England. Inside you can see how the house was remodelled in Victorian times and get a taste for 'downstairs' life in the kitchen and scullery. Relax in gardens that include a formal parterre, sensory garden and woodland, or step out on a walk across the ‘Capability’ Brown-inspired parkland, still with fallow deer.
Panoramic scenes from the rolling hills of Burton Dassett provide a breathtaking start to this short, 8-mile trail – on a clear day you can see the Malvern Hills and Clee Hills over 40 miles away! The cycle route suits most people’s capabilities and within just an hour you can pedal to Fenny Compton, Farnborough, three pubs and the National Trust’s Farnborough Hall. Busy, busy!
This circular route in central Warwickshire conveniently starts and finishes at the Blue Lias pub; Blue Lias is a hard stone used for building in many local villages. Depart Long Itchington at bridge number 23 on the Grand Union Canal and pass Stockton Locks. Follow the towpath and on to Napton Hill, from where you can spy seven counties on a clear day. Then it’s back, via 12th-century St Michael's Church, to beautiful Stockton Reservoir.
Our small, four-barrel micro brewery in historic Warwick is dedicated to the creation of quality handcrafted traditional beers and ales. You are very welcome to visit and look around – please call us so we can book you in for an unforgettable experience. Look out for our beers and ales in local pubs.
Offchurch Poultry produces and packs quality free-range eggs and fresh free-range poultry from its own farm. Our birds spend their daylight hours running outside in open fields and woodland, with access to a freshwater stream. Given the finest feed, they are very healthy and happy; contented hens also provide rich, tasty eggs.
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