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The Crabmill Canal and Country Walk is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length3.6 miElevation gain728 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingWalkingForestLakeRiverpub-walk
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Getting There

A circular pub walk from The Crabmill in Preston Bagot, Warwickshire. The Crabmill makes the perfect spot for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route joins a stretch of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal towpath with beautiful old narrow locks, canal boats and wildlife to enjoy. After crossing a small aqueduct, the route leads you through pastures and along tree-lined bridleways to reach a pretty old ford. The final stretch takes in the imposing hilltop Preston Bagot Church. The route includes several steady gradients but there are no steep sections. Whilst many of the paths are firm, some bridleways can be churned, a couple of fields can be boggy and the ford-side path can flood after periods of heavy rain. With this in mind, good boots are a must (or wellies in the winter months). You will need to negotiate several gates and kissing gates plus one stile (this has a gap for small dogs but larger dogs will need to climb over or be lifted). You are likely to encounter sheep in a few of the pastures. There are a few short stretches of road walking along country lanes, but the traffic is normally very light. Allow 1.5 hours.

The Crabmill is located on the A4189, about 1.5 miles west of Claverdon and 1.5 miles east of Henley-in-Arden. The pub has its own car park. Approximate post code B95 5EE.

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Mike L
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HikingMuddy

Great walk, the section after the canal was very boggy but wasn’t bad other than that. Dogs were off the lead for the vast majority which is a bonus.

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David Billingham
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WalkingGreat!Muddy

Lovely walk in late November. Muddy in places so big boots required. Quiet, pretty and very relaxing. Would be perfect when Crabmill open.

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andy p
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Hiking

Can be very muddy after bad weather. nice walk, not too strenuous.

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Laura Coventry
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Walking

Beautiful views but extremely muddy. Manageable in wellies but more of a summer walk. Second half has a fair bit of road walking but still pleasant and the roads aren't too busy

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Marcus Jimenez
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steveS steveS
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HikingGreat!

Leafy canal walk, great countryside, picture perfect church & rectory, tree covered bridle way, plus a tricky ford over stream. Moderate & infrequent assents. Easily completed in 2-3 hours but don’t be surprised to if you get your footwear wet. Worth a drink at the finish line

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Cojocaru Viorel
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Sarah Gessey
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WalkingFloodedMuddy

Beware after rain. It's August, there's been some showers recently which left parts very boggy for this time of year. One section completely flooded and not viable to walk through. Had to turn back.

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David Miles
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Great walk, unfortunately the field next to Rookery Lane now has a large heard of cows in. As the cows and their calves were gathered by the gate, blocking our exit, we decided to turn back to the Towpath. We continued along the Towpath which provided us with some lovely shade, before heading back to the Crabmill for a great lunch.

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Emily Townsend
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Hiking

Really clear instructions and an all round lovely walk! A mix of canal, country lanes, fields and gravel paths. No livestock in fields at the moment.

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Sarah Sarah
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Hiking

Beautiful countryside walk, very peaceful

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Fran Ullah
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MuddyOver grown

I did this today with my 5 and 7 year old, and we really enjoyed it! We wore wellies in case of mud, but it wasn't too bad. Beautiful walk, lovely canal, a few animals, and lots of friendly people along the way! We stopped for an ice cream in Henley in our way back as a reward

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Mya Glynn
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Cahn Stannett
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Great route really enjoyed it

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Zydrune T
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WalkingFloodedOver grown

Amazing easy to follow trail. There are few areas that is a bit more over grown and one path where is pretty muddy. I tooky shoes off while passing through, apart that was brilliant walk. Quite and beautiful :)

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Julie Goodall
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Walked here today but point three after going down the steps, is very overgrown but it says it’s muddy, we had to turn back as it was really boggy, would need wellies or walking boots even then I don’t think i would go through it

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Eddie Fowler
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Hiking

Cracking walk, did it this morning and really enjoyed it. We have had a long dry spell, but there are a couple of boggy bits even after that, so I would say boots essential on this route. One where I will go back when the sun's out again

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Kenny Hirst
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Muddy

what a lovely well instructed walk covering various sites from a peaceful canal to tree lined bridleways and a fab picturesque church. one spot was very muddy/boggy and it hasn't rained for weeks so good luck going that way without decent shoes after rain.

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David Moseley
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This was a beautiful, short walk on a sunny Sunday morning during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown .. so we were pleased to find that, despite its beauty, the route was pretty well deserted. There is an interesting mix of terrain here: rolling hills and canalside strolling, with country lanes, open fields and almost-secret tree-roofed alleyways. I could imagine that following this route after a period of rain could present a couple of hairy spots. Firstly, the ford. Whilst there is a small concrete bridge over the river proper, it would not take much water to submerge the approach path to this bridge. Secondly, there is a short boggy section .. if you were not wearing stout and waterproof boots then I would recommend that you bypass this by exploring the brambles .. even after the prolonged Spring 2020 sunshine we still opted for this cowardly bypass. But still, this is definitely one of the prettier walks in our region of Warwickshire.

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Catherine Muth
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Lovely walk easy and very pretty. The section described as boggy was boggy even after weeks of dry weather so would avoid when it’s been wet

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Mickey Rose
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HikingMuddy

Did this route on 12th January and the conditions were comically bad, but I'm still giving the walk 4 stars as when it's dry it will be lovely. I'm off to wash every item of clothing! And the dog...

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Clive Kieff
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Started well but for anybody wishing to do this trail never , ever do it following a heavy night of rain , the first 2 legs are fine , it says beware of the sheep but there was no sheep but cows who wasn’t too keen to have me in their field so my walk became a run until I reached the gate before 30 bulls impaled me ! , app says to cross the “FORD” ...not even half way across and I’m up to my waste in water so my new Peter storm boots are saturated! So I turn back slightly to try and hand rail the ford where I end up in a private field where the owners dogs attack me and bite my arm , no serious injuries but I still have a fair way to go ! Trying to avoid overflowing ford i try to cross a stream which I hoped was maybe 2 foot deep .....wrong ,I ended up being up to my neck , now completely soaked , you guessed it my phone Is wrecked and the £30 I paid the day before for the pro version of ALL TRAILS is now completely useless , not knowing fully where I needed to go I was prepared enough to print off a map and water proof it the night before and therefore eventually making it back to the crab mill ! I was toying with the idea of taking my kids with me on this one , so glad I didn’t I may be harsh rating this trail 1 star but based on my experiences I felt the guidance from the app didn’t prepare me for what I had to endure but my previous military history thankfully did ! Definitely a summer walk not any other season !! P.s I was stung by nettles hundreds of times , fully clothed is a must !

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