Sunday Drive/Walk: Brinklow Castle, Warwickshire

Greetings my Fellow Adventurers!

It’s been so long since I wrote one of my ‘Sunday Drive’ posts (May in fact) that I’d forgotten I was actually writing them! So I thought it was high time I resurrected the series – the idea being that they give me an outlet to share some of our shorter adventures.

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As it was the 1st of September and the official first day of Autumn, last Sunday saw us marking the occasion – not by going for a drive, but for a lovely walk around the village of Brinklow and the rolling Warwickshire countryside.

At only six miles, This relatively short walk is one of my favourites – it feels like a real adventure. Starting off in the magnificent earthworks of the Norman Brinkow Castle, it takes you along quiet country lanes, along canals, across fields, over and under a railway and through a Culvert and ending, as you might have guessed, in a rather nice little pub. Tt really feels as though you’ve been on a journey!

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Starting off in style, the walk begins by crossing the castle earthworks and around the massive mound of Brinklow castle. Built sometime in the 11th century after the Norman invasion – this is a proper Motte and Bailey castle! 
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Down a quiet backroad – I wonder how many people cross this bridge without even noticing it or wondering what lies beneath… 
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…which is this – The Oxford Canal (just under the bridge) – the pathway to adventure! 
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The first mile or so of the canal and towpath are through a very wooded area… 
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…which then opens out into lovely fields. 
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Eventually we reach bridge number 37. Next we have to go under and then up and over to get to some fields to our left. 
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Nathan trail-blazing the way across the fields (we were following a footpath – honest!) towards the first railway crossing. 
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The first railway crossing.
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On the homeward leg – this is my favourite view/stage of the whole walk – you can see the path ahead of us, it’s the green line that passed to the right of those trees.
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I do REALLY like this part of the walk! 
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The way through the woods – After coming down from that view, the walk weaves in and out of a lovely little woodland
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Crossing more fields – back towards the train track…
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…which this time we pass under! 
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And after a few more fields we head through a Culvert that passes UNDER the Canal! 
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Almost there – the last bridge back into the village! 
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After-walk drinks – no wine for once – guess which one’s mine! (clue – I didn’t end up with a blue tongue!) 

Once we got back to Ratty and deposited the kiddies in it, Alli and I went for another quick mooch around the castle before it got dark.

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The impressive castle earthworks – although no picture I took did them justice. Brinklow is quite interesting in that it had two baileys rather than the usual one. The extra defences probably say a lot about the local populace – scallywags! 

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Farewell my Friends!

P.S – If you fancy doing following in our footsteps, get yourself a copy of this book – it’s walk number 3.

24 thoughts on “Sunday Drive/Walk: Brinklow Castle, Warwickshire”

  1. That’s a lovely stroll. I liked how you got to go through the culvert and was wondering if it had a footpath on the side, or if you had to put on your galoshes and get wet! Looks like you were able to get through on a small elevated platform. Thanks for taking us along through the countryside. I’ll take an orange juice, please.

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      1. (Just had to google Sam Knight) that is an amazing achievement by your Son – right up there in the traditions of Don Allum. Kind of puts driving around in a car to shame somewhat. I’ll tell my Daughter about it – she’s learning to sail and aims to be a Maritime Historian.

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  2. Hi – enjoyed this post the other day and came while logged in to comment

    and the lines in the photo of the first railway crossing are cool – that photo is my fav here for the way the lines feel – and the history adds to it – but it is the elements
    and the last foot bridge – what a cool bridge and nice way to lead us up to the beverages…

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