Distance: 3.5 miles
Min Time: 1hr 30min
Paths Field and woodland paths, country road, 6 stiles
Landscape Edge Hill escarpment
Suggested map aqua3 OS Explorer 206 Edge Hill & Fenny Compton
Start/finish SP 370481
Dog friendliness On lead in Radway and Ratley, under close control on Centenary Way
Parking Radway village
Public toilets None on route
1 Walk through the village of Radway to the church. Veer left here into West End and pass alongside the grounds of The Grange on your left. Curve left by a pond and some thatched cottages. The 19th-century Methodist chapel can be seen here. Follow the lane as it becomes a stony track and go through a kissing gate into a field. Walk ahead to a stile and continue ahead across the sloping field towards Radway Tower, now the Castle Inn. Look for a gap in the hedge by an inspection cover and maintain the same direction, climbing steeply towards the wooded escarpment.
2 Make for a stile and enter the wood. Continue straight over the junction and follow the markers for the Macmillan Way up the slope to the road. With the Castle Inn on your right, turn left for several paces to a right-hand path running between Cavalier Cottage and Rupert House. Make for a stile, turn left at the road and walk along to Ratley. When the road bends left by a copper beech tree, turn right to a fork. Veer right and follow the High Street down and round to the left. Pass the church and keep left at the triangular junction.
3 With the Rose and Crown over to your right, follow Chapel Lane and, when it bends left, go straight ahead up some steps to a stile. Keep the fence on the left initially before striking out across the field to a stone stile in the boundary hedge. Turn right and follow the Centenary Way across the field to a line of trees. Swing left and now skirt the field to a gap in the corner. Follow the path down to a galvanised kissing gate, cut across the field to a footbridge and then head up the slope to a gap in the field boundary.
4 Turn left and follow the road past some bungalows. Pass Battle Lodge and make for the junction. Cross over and join a woodland path running along the top of the escarpment. On reaching some steps on the left, turn right and descend steeply via a staircase known as Jacobs Ladder. Drop down to a gate and then follow the path straight down the field to a stile at the bottom. Go through a kissing gate beyond it and then pass alongside a private garden to reach a drive. Follow it to the road and turn left for the centre of Radway.