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.
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
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