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Named green and white discs with oak treesHeart of England Way

Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, W Midlands

163 km / 101 miles
The Way follows a curving route through gently undulating farmland and lowland heath, woodland and riverside paths. It takes in Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Kingsbury Water Park, the Arden countryside (see Arden Way), the Avon Valley and the northern aspects of the Cotswolds to Chipping Campden, Swell and Lower Slaughter. The Heart of England Way Association provides a volunteer warden service.

HS2 Diversion: The Heart of England Way Association reported in May 2020 that during construction of HS2 Phase 1, a diversion is in place to the west of Berkswell: "After leaving Berkswell via the board walk, the onward path through to the A452 has been closed [and diverted westward to join a short stretch of the A452]. During the progress of the project [HS2 construction] changes may be made to the diversion route The route of HoEW will take [to] a subway after completion". See

HS2 construction will mean the closure of the part of the Heart of England Way which runs along Drayton Lane between the A453 at SK166006 and Drayton Bassett, in the area of the historic county of Warwickshire to the north east of Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. The closure is reported to occur only between January 8th and 22nd 2023.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Waymark: Named green and white discs with oak trees
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named green and white discs with oak trees
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: SJ973209 - Milford, Staffordshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SP166208 - Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire View on StreetMap
User Group: Heart of England Way Association Heart of England Way Association
Web Sites: Heart of England Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook The Heart of England Way : 102 miles of linear walks or 225 miles of 32 linked circular walks  (Sigma Press  - 2018 )
Guidebook The Heart of England Way : Recreational Path Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 1998 )
Guidebook Heart of England Way  (Walkways  - 2000 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 127, 128, 139, 140, 150, 151, 163
OS Landranger Active 127, 128, 139, 140, 150, 151, 163
OS Explorer 45, 205, 220, 221, 232, 244, 245
OS Explorer Active 45, 205, 220, 221, 232, 244, 245

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152 km

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Route Profile:

162.6 km (101.0 miles)
2,109 m (6,919 ft) ascent
265 m (869 ft)  maximum height

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