GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Midshires Way

225 miles (362 km)

This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester. The path links The Ridgeway National Trail with the Trans Pennine Trail passing through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicesteshire, Nottinghamshire and the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.
Highlights include waterside sections along the Grand Union Canal, the Peak Forest Canal and the River Ouse. There is a splendid wooded section through Salcey Forest near Northampton where you could try the Tree Top Trail.
There are also terrific views of the Derbyshire Dales, and a lovely section around Fernilee Reservoir and Errwood Reservoir in the Peak District.
The walk is waymarked with a white disc featuring two acorns.

Midshires Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Midshires Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Midshires Way Pubs/Cafes

We recommend stopping for refreshments at the delightful Sawley Bridge Marina. The marina is notableas the largest Inland Marina in the United Kingdom with a water space of 23 acres. It's a lovely spot with lots of boats and a nice cafe. The cafe has a good menu and outdoor seating with views of the marina.
Near Northampton you could stop off in Lower Harlestone at the Fox and Hounds. The main draw here is a lovely country pub garden where you can sit outside on warmer days. Inside there's a warm and spacious interior serving great gastro pub food. You can find them at a postcode of NN7 4EW for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near Northampton the Way passes through the noteworthy Harlestone Firs Forest Walk. This popular woodland area contains miles of peaceful trails on Lord Spencer's Althorp Estate.Near the woods you can also visit Althorp House, the childhood home ofPrincess Diana. Here you can learn about 500 years of history and explore the beautiful grounds and gardens. The house is just slightly north of the trail as you pass through Harlestone village.

Photos

Salcey Forest - geograph.org.uk - 88201

Salcey Forest

Sawley Marina - geograph.org.uk - 585458

Sawley Marina

Church Lane, Morley - geograph.org.uk - 866032

Church Lane, Morley. The lane continues east past Spring Oak Farm as part of both the Midshires Way and the Centenary Way.

Midshires Way - geograph.org.uk - 422674

Midshires Way. A route linking southern and northern England, connecting the Ridgeway in the Chilterns with the Trans Pennine Trail on the edge of the Pennines via historic estates, farmland and the Peak District National Park. This section in Northamptonshire is near Roade. The plants on the left are the notorious Japanese Knotweed, which the farmer needs to get on and spray!

The Midshires Way - geograph.org.uk - 208443

This section of the path is through Harlestone Heath.

Path to Bunny old Wood on The Midshires Way - geograph.org.uk - 1335415

Path to Bunny old Wood near Wysall.

Parsley Hay Car Park - View of Midshires Way - geograph.org.uk - 723057

Parsley Hay village car park with a view of the trail.

Bridge Lodge at Eythrope, from the Midshires Way - geograph.org.uk - 1494307

Bridge Lodge at Eythrope. Eythrope is a hamlet and country house - the Eythrope Pavilion - located to the south east of the village of Waddesdon. The hamlet name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means "island farm", referring to an island in the River Thame that flows by the hamlet. The architect of this fine country house was probably George Devey (18201886), a specialist in lodges, cottages and country mansions, whose distinctive style included the use of tiles and timbering on external walls. A favourite architect of the Rothschilds, he received numerous commissions from family members (as did fellow architect William Huckvale at Tring, another practitioner of tiles and timbering).

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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