Taking the Waters – a walk that discovers the changing fortunes of the spa town of Leamington

3 miles – Starts at All Saints Parish Church and finishes at the Town Hall.

Did you know that the spring waters of a West Midlands town can cure gout, rheumatism and paralysis?

On this walk you will discover how an unremarkable Warwickshire village became one of England’s principal spa towns.

The Pump Rooms

Royal Pump Rooms: Picture courtesy of Jenny Lunn

The healing waters drew many visitors and led to an economic boom for Leamington resulting in the building of an impressive and elegant new town. Discover how the town was deliberately laid out with crescents, squares, avenues and a grand Parade.

Explore the natural necklace of open spaces on the floodplain of the River Leam which were used to create pleasure gardens for leisure, recreation and entertainment. Find out why the spa declined and what industries and services took its place in the town’s economy.

This walk gives you a geographical perspective on the changing fortunes of one of England’s beautiful spa towns.

This is a Discovering Britain walk created by for the Royal Geographical Society by Martin Haslett

You can download a map and guide here

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