Henley in Arden Circular Walk
This circular walk explores the villages, rivers, canals and countryside surrounding the charming town of Henley in Arden in Warwickshire. It makes use of the Heart of England Way and the Stratford Upon Avon Canal to explore the area on good, waymarked footpaths.
The walk starts in the attractive town centre where you will find the magnificent one mile high street with its collection of medieval buildings. Look out for several 15th, 16th and 17th century timber walled buildings, including the fine Guildhall. After admiring the architecture, the route then leaves the town, following the Heart of England Way in a north easterly direction towards Lowsonford. Here you pick up the canal towpath and follow it south towards the village of Preston Bagot. You'll pass the Yarningale Aqueduct, spanning the Kingswood Brook near the village of Claverdon. The route then heads through the countryside on public footpaths, returning to the town, via the site of the Norman Beaudesert Castle.
The Arden Way long distance trail starts in the town. This is an excellent way of exploring the beautiful Forest of Arden, visiting Studley Castle, Coughton Court and the River Arrow.
If you head south to Wootton Wawen, you can pick up the Monarch's Way. Here you can enjoy a nice walk along the River Alne.
The Warwickshire Millennium Way also passes through the town.
Henley in Arden Circular Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Henley in Arden Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Henley in Arden Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Henley in Arden Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south of the town you could pick up the circular Wootton Wawen Walk. The route takes you along the canal and the River Alne while also visiting the interesting settlement of Wilmcote. Here you'll find the historic 16th century house of Shakespeare's mother at Mary Arden's Farm. There's a working tudor farm here with many rare breed animals to see.
Just to the north west there's the neighbouring village of Tanworth-in-Arden. Here you can enjoy a circular walk around the grounds of the 17th century Umberslade Hall. The village itself is also worth exploring with its picturesque village green and 14th century church.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Warwickshire Walks page.