Visiting the Battle of Edgehill battlefield

For its loveliness and beauty alone it is worth a visit; but as the scene of the first fight, a journey there becomes almost a patriotic duty.
John Alfred Langford. (Pleasant Spots & famous Places). Writing in 1855.

Visiting the battlefield

Visitor hub and Battle of Edgehill exhibition at Radway village:
www.battleofedgehillexhibitionradway.org.uk

Visit Edgehill & Radway village: www.battleofedgehill.org/edgehillwalk. Here's a simple Edgehill & Radway village walk using Google Maps, with general points of interest about the Edgehill battle, the escarpment and Radway village, along the way. (Distance 2.50 km). Start at the Battle of Edgehill exhibition at Saint Peter's Church, Radway, Warwickshire (and follow the route anticlockwise). With 30 or 45 minutes spent at the exhibition, and perhaps an hour at Radway Tower (Castle Inn) for coffee or beer(!?), this can be a great way to spend 3 or more hours.
Open and use when in Radway. Tested satisfactorily using the O2 network. The link will work in your web browser or open directly in Google Maps (if you have it installed on your device). Initially you may need to click the link twice. Tip: If you experience problems - leave the Google Maps app open - and simply "re-click" the link above (which reloads and refreshes the map).

Other circular walks can easily be devised. (Use the 'Photographs & footpaths' layer on main Battlefield Map page to inspire your route).

Although the enclosures have altered the general appearance of the field of battle from that which it bore on that disastrous Sunday […] the main lines can even nowadays be traced with considerable clearness and accuracy.
Clive Holland. (Warwickshire, The land of Shakespeare). 1906.

Traditionally most Edgehill battle walks revolved around the Radway and Edgehill area, but with the advent of an improved and new understanding of where the battle lines were drawn, the region to the north, and south of Kineton, now presents circular walk opportunities of arguably more significance. Starting at Little Kineton, and incorporating Red Road (or King John's Lane), large areas of this route also benefit from firm surfaces for winter visits.

Scenic circular routes can easily be devised from the Edgehill summit, down, through and around the Radway village with perhaps a detour along Langdon Lane to see the site of King's Leys Barn and the starting positions of the Royalist infantry and their left-wing cavalry. (In high summer — July/August — parts of the bullet hill permitted path section can become unpleasantly overgrown; so take a "beating" stick!).

For the really keen, a lengthy circular — or figure of eight — walk can be devised, starting from the Edgehill escarpment which includes the northern 'Kineton side' of the battlefield, so long as you don't mind retracing your steps along the bridleway which links the north and southern areas of the battlefield from Lower Westcote Farm and skirting around the western edge of the Oaks plantation.

For additional information, please view the guidance and trail advise featured in the 'Photographs & Public Paths' section of the pop-out 'Help & Keys' menu, found on the main Battlefield map page.

Future details of the mobile interactive service will be published here.

It [Kineton] is a pleasant but dull little town […] the visitor should proceed at once to survey the battlefield.
J.H. Wade. (Rambles in Shakespeare's Country). 1932.