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Leamington town walk Geograph meet

By Rudi Winter

This Geotrip is a record of a guided walk presented by Robin Stott to mark the 12th birthday of Geograph. The route begins and ends at the Star&Garter pub in Warwick Street. From here, the walk follows Warwick Street past the Dell SP3166 : The Dell, Leamington by Rudi Winter before turning left towards the River Leam, where the effects of recent flooding were obvious SP3165 : Path by the River Leam, Leamington by Rudi Winter. Following the river downstream past Milverton Viaduct SP3065 : Milverton Viaduct, Leamington by Rudi Winter, we reach the ornamented Princes Drive road bridge. Beyond it is a weir in the river SP3065 : Milverton viaduct, Princes Drive bridge and weir in the River Leam, Leamington by Rudi Winter, and the water treatment works with some interesting Archimedes screws SP3065 : Archimedes screws, Princes Drive sewage pumping station, Leamington by Rudi Winter beside it.

Returning to Princes Drive, we cross the river and the road to enter Victoria Park SP3165 : Victoria Park, Leamington by Rudi Winter, a leisure area with various sports facilities. The walk then follows Avenue Road past the station and the Bath Assembly Hall SP3165 : The Assembly, Leamington by Rudi Winter. After passing All Saints Church and the Leamington Spa Mission SP3265 : Leamington Spa Mission by Rudi Winter, the route continues through Satchwell Place SP3265 : Satchwell Place, Leamington by Rudi Winter, a narrow passage giving access to some lodging houses built for spa visitors.

Next, the River Leam SP3265 : All Saints Church across the River Leam, Leamington by Rudi Winter is crossed again at Mill Bridge SP3265 : Mill Bridge, Leamington by Rudi Winter, a footbridge leading into Jephson Gardens SP3265 : Jephson Gardens, Leamington by Rudi Winter, a park adorned with flower beds and many facilities for spa visitors including a greenhouse known as the Glasshouse SP3265 : Inside the Glass House, Jephson Gardens, Leamington by Rudi Winter. The walk continues towards the Pump Rooms and the Parade SP3165 : Parade, Leamington by Rudi Winter, the main north-south axis of Leamington's town centre with its shops, cafes, hotels and underground storm water storage tanks.

While following the Parade out of the town centre, a short diversion is made to see the Real Tennis Club building in Bedford Street. We return to the Parade and follow it all the way to its end at Christchurch Gardens, then turn west around Clarendon Square SP3166 : Clarendon Square Gardens, Leamington by Rudi Winter, a large green surrounded by impressive buildings. From here, it is a short walk back to the Star&Garter past Clarendon Crescent.

With big thanks to Robin Stott Link for preparing the walk and for his insightful interpretation of the architecture and history of Leamington. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

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