Ilmington Hill, Warwickshire
Warwickshire isn't a county associated with hills but the village of Ilmington is surrounded by them.
261 metres / 856 feet
The walk passes near a pond which was reputed to have medicinal waters and could have led to the area being developed the same way as Leamington Spa.
Once at the top, fantastic views over Worcestershire, Warwickshire and parts of north Oxfordshire can be seen.
The route to Ilmington Hill
2. Go down Back Street to the school (erected about 40 years ago).
3. At the far side of the school go through kissing gate erected to commemorate the 1953 Coronation.
4 Follow the fenced way then walk the clear path (with the school on the left) through pastures.
4. Just before a steep rise look left to the pond with therapeutic waters that might have made Ilmington a spa centre.
5. Keep heading along the pathways that are part of The Centenary Way - created to mark the century of Warwickshire Local Government.
6. Join house drive to lane and turn left. (This was a drover's road that took cattle to the markets).
7. There's a steep climb now to the summit. Just before the radio masts look right - the trig point to mark the highest point in Warwickshire (850ft) can be seen by a stone wall.
8. At the radio masts take the track left. The track right leads (half mile) to the national Trust's Hidcote Garden - closed in the winter.
9. Path leads to a lane. Go left then at once right - along a wide farm track called Pig Lane which once took pigs to Shipston market.
10. Within 200 yards glance left. Marked by embankments is the site of the Roman/British camp.
11. At the second metal gate there is a crossing track. The route is left (but in the valley right is the 18th century Palladian mansion of Foxcote that was once the home of the Canning family).
12. Walk at the right hand borders of several steep meadows.
13. Look for a metal gate right. Through this climb a few steps to a wide track.
11. Turn left. The track leads to Grump Street and Ilmington.
last updated: 14/01/2009 at 16:13