Heart of England Way

The Heart of England Way is a long-distance walk of around 160 km (100 mi) through the Midlands of England.[1] The walk starts from Milford Common on Cannock Chase and ends at Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds linking south Staffordshire through Warwickshire to east Gloucestershire (or vice versa).[2][3]

Heart of England Way
Cannock Chase Path.jpg
Cannock Chase lies on the trail
Length160 km (99 mi)
Cannock Chase

It crosses seven others: the Beacon Way, Staffordshire Way, Two Saints Way, Arden Way, Cotswold Way, Oxfordshire Way, and Thames Path. It is maintained by the Heart of England Way Association.

On 3 April 2021, Richard Antrobus set a new record, north to south, nonstop of 19 hours 47 minutes. Food and water was provided at prearranged places to comply with Covid restrictions in place at the time. Diversions due to construction of HS2 were followed with the final distance covered being 104 miles. This was confirmed by two separate trackers carried for the entire route.

On 20 July 2013, Ultra Runner David Hollyoak set a solo course record of completing the entire length of the Heart Of England Way (south to north) nonstop in 25 hours 11 minutes. The run is corroborated by having a relay of runners to run sections with him all the way.

Places on the wayEdit



  1. ^ "Heart of England Way". Long Distance Walkers Association. Archived from the original on 31 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Heart of England Way". Walking Pages. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Walking the Heart of England Way". England This Way. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2020.

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Coordinates: 52°22′54″N 1°40′53″W / 52.3818°N 1.6814°W / 52.3818; -1.6814