The Heart of England Way is a long distance walk of 102 miles (165 km) through three English counties in the Heart of England: Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.

The trail starts at the northern tip of Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, designated so for its open heathland, birdlife and the remains of early industry. It soon gets to Lichfield where the city’s three-spired cathedral “The Mother of the Midlands” stands proud.  Highlights of the northern section of the route are Iron Age forts, Roman roads and 17th century canals.

After reaching Meriden, the centre point of England, the trail skirts the industrial Midlands and continues through Warwickshire’s peaceful rural landscapes and small towns with characteristic timber-framed buildings.  The last part of the Heart of England Way through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Beauty follows the Cotswolds’ rolling hills from Chipping Campden to the pretty village of Bourton-on-the-Water, that is sometimes called ‘Little Venice of the Cotswolds’.

Note: This trail is not suitable for inexperienced walkers. who are inexperienced in finding their way through the English countryside.

Route details for the Heart of England Way

Distance:  102 miles (165 km) between Milford Common in Staffordshire and Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.

Heart of England Way map

Grade: Moderate

Average duration: 7 to 9 walking days

Time of year: The Heart of England Way can be walked at any time of the year but it is probably best from April to October.

Prices: Starting from £80 per person per night based on two people sharing a room.

What’s included: Bed and breakfast in good quality accommodation, luggage transfer, a guidebook and map, advice on travelling to and from the holiday within the UK and support in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Here are some of the places that you’ll visit along the Heart of England Way

Location Miles Km
Milford Common 0 0
Cannock Chase Visitor Centre 9
Lichfield 15 24
Whitacre Heath 36 57
Meriden 45 72
Henley-in-Arden 60 97
Alcester 69 110
Long Marston 79 127
Mickleton 84 135
Blockley 91 146
Bourton-on-the-Water 102 165


If you think the Heart of England Way is the trail you are looking for, please contact us here to book or to discuss your individual requirements.

Here is what customers who have walked the Heart of England Way have to say about our tour …

Over the years, I’ve dealt with several walking companies and what they provide in England.  You are the best of the lot.

Larry Larson, Oregan, USA, 2016

We could call you anytime and you fulfilled all our wishes.  We enjoyed the trip (thank you for the weather).  We’ll recommend you to others and in due course we will come back to you.  Thank you very much. 
Monique and Laura, The Netherlands, 2013

Heart of England Way at Kingsbury Water Park
Heart of England Way at Cannock Chase
Heart of England Way: Timber framed buildings in Alcester