|Rollright summit walk
|Estimated net time||10-15 minutes|
|Difficulty||No technical difficulties.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (December 2013).|
|Parking||Room for several cars around trail head.|
|Start height||240 metres|
|Vertical metres||10 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||0.9 km|
From the village Long Compton, on road A3400 in southern Warwickshire, drive to the south end of the village. Fork right where signed for Little Compton and 1.6 km (1.0 mi) to a T-junction. Turn right, again towards Little Compton, and drive 1.1 km (0.7 mi). Park on the left hand side of the road at the start of a 90° right hand curve.
Walk a few metres through the curve and turn left past a gate. Turn left and walk on the right hand side of a high hedge, along the field (the direction is south-east). 330 metres after having left the road you will find a proper opening in the hedge; turn left here and cross to the other side. Then turn left again and walk 70 metres to a distinct top. Climb this top and walk to its far end, which is the highest point.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
09. December 2013
I was working in Warwick this week and decided to go for a quick tour before it got dark this Monday afternoon, and then pick up work again when I got back. There were several hills with primary factor >100 metres to choose from, which I hadn't been to before, and chose to go for Rollright.
I got to trail head just as the sun was disappearing below the horizon, and did the few hundred metres to what I assumed was the summit. Since it was still sufficient day-light for walking I decided to visit also the trigonometric point, 600 metres south, and continued along the hedge after I had passed what appeared to be the highest point. But this took me past an opening in the hedge so I decided to have a quick glance to see what the other side looked like. This proved to be a good move since there was a distinct hill, about 3 metres high, located a few metres on the other side of the hedge. This looked like a man-made feature some time in the past, but completely covered by long grass and definitely the highest point on Rollright.
After a visit to the highest point I lost interest in the trigonometric point and prioritised getting as much of the return drive done while it was still partly day-light.