Geocaches - 4
Walk Inspiration - Stage 30 of the Millennium Way
To think, I was looking forward to visiting Leamington Spa.
Back on the Millennium Way, I arrive at a very busy Newbold Comyn Park. A hive of activity, full of people in every shade of lycra.
A muddy slop down to the River Leam to pick up the Grand Union Canal.
|The part of Leamington Spa the Royal's don't see|
The canal leads me to where I started last month's walk on the Millennium Way. I know there is a Morrisons on the roadside. I know the Morrisons has a cafe. The walk is interrupted for a Full English Breakfast.
Besides, I don't want to finish the walk too early, as there are not 1 but 2 Top 10 pubs in Warwickshire to explore at the end the route.
Breakfast consumed, I pick up the River Leam in Victoria Park, which leads me to the Town Centre. Have a look around. Its like Cheltenham but in need of a damn good wash.
I've only seen it from the train and I was expecting more of a town that has an Ice Cream parlour called "lickety lick".
|Church is Impressive. Not sure about the corporate art.|
|Leamington Pump Rooms|
Once the town is explored, the route takes me through Jephson Gardens, complete with its sculptures and "sensory garden" playing strange tunes to keep me accompanied.
|Oh No - I'm stick in Leamington|
It looks nice enough - but why, at 12:23pm on a Saturday Afternoon, is it plunged in darkness?
|Still a going concern?|
I guess I will never know why this is number 5 pub in Warwickshire. If it opened at lunchtime, it may threaten top spot.
Never mind, like buses, there's another one just down the road. The Newbold Comyn Arms comes in at number 3.
|Third Best in Warwickshire|
The pub looks like a barn conversion from the adjacent farmhouse - which is now available for functions. Two real ales on - both Warwickshire based. I avoid the obvious Ubu and go for a Slaughterhouse Brewery Saddleback.
|First Time on a Saddleback|