There are 5 countryside walks that start and finish at The Wharf Inn. Display panels provide information about the history of Welford and its canal and provide more detail about features to look for on the walks. Leaflets are also available providing a map of the routes, but all walks overlap each other so you can combine them to suit yourselves.
Please remember to respect the countryside by leaving gates as you find them, keeping to the footpaths and being careful on roads and by water.
Why not book a bar meal for your return?
Rolling countryside, the canal towpath, the River Avon, pastures and woodland are all accessible with the following walks:
Mary Gilbert Walk - approx. 5 miles
The only walk without any stiles takes you up the Welford Arm, past the lock, to the Grand Union Canal. Follow the canal from Bridge 42 to Bridge 40 and then follow the path back down Hall Lane to Welford Village
Reservoir Walk - approx. 6 miles
Leave Welford Wharf and head up the Naseby Road, past the Welford and Sulby reservoirs (watch out for the wildlife around the reservoirs - including the local Heron), a section of the Jurassic Way to Sibbertoft village, before returing to Welford
Downtown Walk - approx. 8 miles
The longest of the walks follows the same initial path as the Mary Gilbert walk up to the Grand Union canal (watch out for the signpost - head towards Norton Junction), however this time stay on the tow path to Bridge 31. Follow the path back through Hemplow Hills, along a section of the Jurassic Way, into Welford Village and back to The Wharf Inn.
Welford Walk - up to 2 miles
From the lock on the Welford Arm it is possible to head back through the woodland, across the River Avon, via the footbridge or stepping stones at the ford, and through the fields where sheep regularly graze back to Welford village. Several routes are available with the furthest being approx. 2 miles. Swing gates link the fields, however there are stiles on the footbridge. Watch out for
the fish pond that once belonged to a medieval manor!
Abbey Walk - approx. 3 miles
A footpath marker shows the route from the A5199, where access is through a garden gate. Keep to your left and follow the foot path into open fields. Follow the path of the River Avon and head then towards the Naseby road and back to The Wharf Inn.