GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Heart of England Way

101 miles (163 km)

Follow the Heart of England Way through the Midlands of England. The walk starts from Milford Common on Cannock Chase and heads through Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire before finisihing at Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds.
Major towns and cities on the route include

Walk highlights include the delightful Cannock Chase Country Park at the start of the route, Kingsbury Water Park, the beautiful Arden Countryside and the Cotswolds AONB. There's also a nice waterside stretch along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal near Tamworth. The walk is well waymarked with a green and white disc.

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Heart of England Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Heart of England Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Barley Mow pub is located right next to Milford Common on the trail. It's ideally situated for some post walk refreshments. There's a good menu and an outdoor seating area for warmer days. You can find it at 28 Main Road with a postcode of ST17 0UW for your sat navs.
In Alcester head to the excellent The Moat House Inn for some refreshments on the route. The pub has a lovely large garden area where you can even hire a teepee. It's a lovely place to relax on a warm summer day. The menu is also very good and there's nice cosy fires indoors for colder days. You can find the pub on Birmingham Rd with a postcode of B49 5QF.
The walk passes through the delightful village of Ebrington where you'll find the noteworthy Ebrington Arms, one of the finest pubs in the country. The award winning pub does excellent food and is set in a wonderful village location with fine views of the surrounding Cotswolds countryside. It's a special place and was recently voted the UK's number 1 village pub by The Times. The inn also has an interesting history, with its charming stone building dating all the way back to the 1640s. Inside there's period pieces includingwooden fireplaces and beamed ceilings. You can find it in the village on May Lane at a postcode of GL55 6NH for your sat navs. The pub is also very dog friendly and can provide treats for your pet.
Near to the picturesque reservoir in Shustoke you'll find the 18th century Plough Inn for a pit stop. They do a lovely Sunday lunch which you can enjoy in the fine garden area on warmer days. Inside there's a charming interior with low ceilings and nooks and crannies. You can find them on the Green at postcode B46 2AN for your sat navs. They're also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Photos

Heart Of England Way, Cannock Chase - geograph.org.uk - 838055

The path in Cannock Chase

Heart Of England Way Near Weeford - geograph.org.uk - 982065

Heart Of England Way Near Weeford

Heart of England Way, Curdworth - geograph.org.uk - 193859

The Heart of England Way looking towards Curdworth bottom lock with the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal on the right and one of the Kingsbury Water Park lakes on the left.

Heart Of England Way - geograph.org.uk - 451144

Looking along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal towards Kingsbury. The LDP follows the canal towpath, which is just within the grid square.

The Heart of England Way - geograph.org.uk - 50300

At this point the trail runs along the drive to a house (signed 'The Byres'), north from Back Lane near the middle of this square. The rest of the square comprises fields, Back Lane and a few houses along the lane. Meriden transmitter is just visible in the distance

Field on Heart of England Way - geograph.org.uk - 43822

The path at this point is just west of the Dikler river, with Nether-Swell Manor visible in this image facing east.

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GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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