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Blue disc with name and North Warwickshire Community Partnership, Lottery logoNorth Arden Heritage Trail


42 km / 26 miles
The North Arden Heritage Trail project worked with local communities to establish a circular heritage trail in North Warwickshire passing through the parishes of Atherstone, Mancetter, Hartshill, Ansley, Arley, Astley, Fillongley, Maxstoke, Shustoke, Nether Whitacre, Kingsbury, Baddesley Ensor and Merevele.

The trail's foundation is the historic network of ancient tracks, farmersí walks for driving livestock and delivering local produce or timber to market, and minersí walk between their home, work, friends, family and place of worship. Historically the parishes had strong connections with its neighbours via trading, supply labour and materials. The trail particularly concentrates on the heritage from the 16th Century to the present day.

There is no particular start or finish to the 25 mile trail route, but starting in Atherstone (former centre for the hatting industry) the trail follows the Coventry canal (with its unique style of sign writing) in a clockwise direction towards Mancetter (a site of Roman pottery industry), onto Hartshill Hayes (where manganese was discovered), Ansley (renowned for ribbon making), Arley (whose coal was reputedly supplied to Victorian Royal family), Fillongley (home of the silk weavers), Shustoke (with its pumping house), Nether Whitacre (home of the Jennen's Family), Hurley (with its mineral railway line), Baddesley, Merevale and finally Atherstone.

Downloadable route descriptions, gpx files and a route gallery are on the trail's website below, along with more detailed information .


Waymark: Blue disc with name and North Warwickshire Community Partnership, Lottery logo
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Blue disc with name and North Warwickshire Community Partnership, Lottery logo
Attributes: Easy
Industrial History
Start and Finish: SP306974 - Atherstone Heritage Feature, Coleshill Road Bridge, Atherstone, Warwickshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2012
Web Sites: North Arden Heritage Trail


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
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:
OS Landranger 139, 140
OS Landranger Active 139, 140
OS Explorer 221, 232
OS Explorer Active 221, 232

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Route Profile:

41.5 km (25.8 miles)
539 m (1,768 ft) ascent
172 m (564 ft)  maximum height

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