Warwickshire has a wealth of marked trails.
Local paths and trails
Anyone walking, cycling or riding should also use a map that shows the paths and field boundaries, for example the Ordnance Survey “Explorer” series of 1:25 000 scale maps.
|This 100 mile path starts at Kingsbury Water Park in the north of the county and winds its way down to Upper Quinton on the Gloucestershire border. The route can be followed on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps.|
|The 100 mile Millennium Way cuts through the centre of England.|
The Heart of England Way
|The Heart of England Way is a 100 mile trail linking the Staffordshire Way the Cotswold Way and the Oxfordshire Way, it runs from Cannock Chase to Bourton-in-the-Water in the Cotswolds. The way forms part of the E2 euro route which runs from Athens to Stranraer!|
The Arden Way
|A 26 mile circular walk around Henley-in-Arden and Alcester called the Arden Way.|
A Coventry Way
|A 40 mile long trail in the Warwickshire and Solihull countryside circling the city of Coventry. The way is managed by the A Coventry Way Association who hold an annual challenge walk each year. The association has also developing a series of 21 short circular walks based on the way with a new guide is available from the Association for £5.|
The Macmillan Way
|Devised to support the Macmillan nurses this is England’s third longest long distance path. The Macmillan Way follows the course of an oolitic limestone belt, using existing footpaths, bridleways and byways, and short stretches of minor roads.|
The Monarch’s Way
|The Monarch’s Way is a long distance walk (615 miles) from Worcester to Shoreham, passing through South Warwickshire.|
The Harry Green Way
|A 21 mile circular walk linking eight villages around Southam. The guide was produced in memory of Harry Green who was the Chairman of the Southam Ramblers for 20 years and who devised the walk in 1988.|
These new footpath and bridleway waymarkers began to appear in 2008 to sign paths at the point they leave a tarmac surfaced road. They will also be used along the length of the path to help you follow the correct route across the fields. It will take a considerable period of time for the new waymarkers to be installed (there are over 1,700 miles of public rights of way in Warwickshire), so for a period of time, for footpaths and bridleways, there will be two types of waymarkers. The old style waymarker discs are shown below and these remain valid.
Public Footpaths are signed with yellow arrows. The public may use footpaths on foot only.
Public Bridleways are signed with blue arrows. The public may use bridleways on foot, on horse or on a bicycle.
Public Byways are signed with red arrows. The public may use a byway on foot, on horse, on bicycle or in any road legal vehicle.
Canal Tow Paths
These make excellent, easy to follow walks which are usually accessible to all. The tow paths are managed by the Canal River Trust and link with the rights of way network to make circular and longer distance walks possible. Dogs are welcome and in some cases cycling is also permitted. Contact your local Waterways office for more details.