A short bus ride away (or long walk) is the beautiful old town of Warwick. This town was once one of the most important in England, and this is evidence in the grandness of the castle which once guarded it. The castle is arguably the most complete in Britain, and it has a distinct Disneyesque charm to it. The place was taken over by Madame Tussauds, and draws in the tourists from all over.
The town itself has an ancient charm to it too. Unlike Leamington, which is relatively new, Warwick dates back centuries, and you can see it in the half-timbered Tudor houses scattered across its charming little streets. Mill Street by the castle is a perfect example of this, and walking down it feels like stepping back in time. All it needs is some mist to draw in, and you'd be back in the middle-ages.
Apart from the castle Warwick has a few smaller draws, like the Lord Leyster Hospital, the Collegiate Church and the Eastgate. Just out of town you can also visit Warwick School, one of the elite private schools in Britain, home to the children of the rich, famous and influential all the way back to the Doomsday Book... and probably before that too.
Ryton Pools Country Park
Ryton Pools Country Park was a set of fields until 1965 when the land was bought and used as a landfill site for the nearby towns of Leamington Spa, Rugby and Coventry. Waste was dumped there for 27 years until 1992 when work started on turning the site into a country park, which included the flooding of the pits. The park officially opened in 1996 with over 2,500 trees and shrubs being planted.
Ryton Pools now consists of over 100 acres with many different habitats that are home to a wide range of birds and other wildlife. There are surfaced paths to enable easy of walking around the site and to provide access to the adjoining ancient woodland, Ryton Wood. There are also two playgrounds - one good for 2-6year olds, and the other for 5-11. Ryton Pools runs an activity programme for children during the school holidays. A miniature ride-on railway runs on Sundays 1-4pm Apr-Sep (£1 a ride).
November to January: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
February: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
March and October: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
April and September: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Car: £2.00 per day
Ryton Road, Bubbenhall, CV8 3BH
Located about 3 miles North-east of Leamington
Old Milverton is a beautiful little hamlet a short distance outside Leamington. It's walkable, if you are reasonably fit, and the walk itself is through some typically English countryside. The hamlet is most famous for its distinctive parish church.
A short walk outside the town's limits, through some beautiful countryside, are the ruins of Guys Cliffe. Like the nearby Saxon Mill, the grounds here have been inhabited since Saxon times. It is named after Guy of Warwick, a legendary figure who is supposed to have set up a hermitage here. Today it is in ruins, after being left to rot, and finally being set on fire during a BBC filming of Sherlock Holmes. The only people who still regularly use the place are the local Mason's Lodge, who meet in the chapel.
Walk along Warwick Street in an easterly direction until you think the road is finished - cross over the traffic lights and walk another 100m - here you'll find the Regency terrace.
It was built at the height of Leamington's era as the centre of fashionable spa life in the UK.
It's all private houses and flats now, but very beautiful.
Take the small streets behind and there is Landsdowne Circus, a circular street with gorgeous Regency villas and a small round park area in the middle.
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