General overview of route (please click ‘Download Trail here’ at the bottom of the page for full direction details and distances before setting out):
Lapworth lies not far from Birmingham, but is a world away as this walk takes you through Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden in the heart of leafy Warwickshire.
The village stands on the junction of two canals, the Stratford-upon-Avon and Grand Union Canals, and the short spur interlinking the two – the Kingswood Junction – has a busy marina.
You will also uncover strong associations with the Gunpowder Plot at Lapworth, because the charismatic leader of the plotters, Robert Catesby, was born and lived here. The family coat of arms is in Lapworth Church.
Then spot flora and fauna at Hay Wood, to the south, an ancient woodland site managed by the Forestry Commission. Foxgloves, bluebells, birds, butterflies, rabbits and even muntjac deer are among diverse sights.
A number of well-known country pubs lie along or close to the route, The Navigation Inn, The Boot at Lapworth and The Punch Bowl.