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Named discs with letters MW in linked acorn formMidshires Way

362 km / 225 miles

Bucks, Derbys, Gtr Man, Leics, Milton K, Northants, Notts
The Way, designed for multi-use, links the Ridgeway National Trail with the Trans Pennine Trail across the shires of Middle England.

For the most part it follows bridleways and quiet lanes with, wherever possible, alternative waymarked footpath routes provided for walkers. In Derbyshire particularly, the bridleway development for other users has yet to be completed. The Brampton Valley Way (14 miles) is used between Boughton Crossing near Northampton and Little Bowden Crossing near Market Harborough. From Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire to Compstall in Greater Manchester the route is coincident with the Goyt Way (10 miles; see also E-Routes - E2). After this, part of the Etherow-Goyt Valley Way is used to the finish. All three Ways are named on OS mapping.

The folder listed below has details of the whole route and it is also obtainable from the Leicestershire website which has maps of the Leicestershire section.

See also E-Routes (E2) - Goyt Way.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named discs with letters MW in linked acorn form Waymark: Named discs with letters MW in linked acorn form
Attributes: Horse Ride (Multi User)
SP770012 - Bledlow, Bucks
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SJ893903 - Stockport, Gtr Man
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Web Sites: Leicestershire CC - Midshires Way
  Stockport MBC - Midshires Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Walking the Midshires Way: A Long-distance Walk Through Middle England (Sigma Leisure - 2003)
Folder: Midshires Way (Derbyshire County Council - 1994)
Leaflet: Brampton Valley Way (Northamptonshire County Council - 1993)
Leaflet: Goyt Way (Derbyshire County Council)


Show OS Map
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 109110119128129141152165
OS Landranger Active: 109110119128129141152165
OS Explorer: 124181192207223233245246259260268269277
OS Explorer Active: 124181192207223233245246259260268269277

Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation: Milton Keynes YHA, Vicarage Road, Milton Keynes, Bucks < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Shining Cliff Hostel < 1 Km
Bunk House: Glenorchy Cente 1 Km

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Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm; E-Route 8 UK Section - Hull to Liverpool
National Trails (England & Wales): Pennine Bridleway National Trail; Ridgeway National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Aylesbury Ring; Brampton Valley Way; Centenary Way (Derbyshire); Cheshire Ring Canal Walk; Chiltern Way; Cown Edge Way; Cross Bucks Way; Dane Valley Way; Derwent Valley Heritage Way; Etherow - Goyt Valley Way; Goyt Way; Grand Union Canal Walk; Hanslope Circular Ride; High Peak Trail; Jurassic Way; Leicestershire Round; Limestone Way; Macmillan Way - Boston to Abbotsbury; Milton Keynes Boundary Walk; Nene Way; North Bucks Way; Ouse Valley Way; Swan's Way; Tame Valley Way; Thame Valley Walk; Three Shires Way; Tissington Trail; Trans Pennine Trail
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Other Paths: Claude Duval Bridleroute; Derby Nomad Way; Derbyshire Portway; Derwent Valley Circular Walk; Fred Perry Way; Great English Walk; High Peak 60; Hobblers Way (Coast to Coast - Wash to Severn); Jubilee Way (Bernwood); Leicester Line Canal Walk; Limestone Loop; Millennium Walk - Stockport (Beating the Bounds); Northamptonshire Round; Outer Aylesbury Ring; Queen Eleanor Crosses Way; Rural Erewash Walk; Rushcliffe 100; Seven Shires Way; T'Owd Man's Walk; Tops of the North (Carlisle and Cheviot to Cat and Fiddle); Tops of the North (Three Shire Heads to Carlisle); Tramway Trail; Trespass Trail
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Anytime Challenges: Derby Canal Ring; Derbyshire Dawdle; Derbyshire Derwent Mills and Hills Anytime Challenge Walk; Derbyshire Windmill Wander; Duffield Frith Frolic; Happy Hiker Challenge Walk; Jennifer's Challenge Walk; John Schorne Peregrination; Limestone Dale Walk; Limey Way; Moorlands and Mermaids; Peak District High Level Route; Peakland Way; Rivers Way; Sherwood Foresters Memorial Walk; Ten Church Challenge; Three Rivers Walk (Derbyshire); Trent and Mersey Canal Walk; White Peak Way
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GPS Exchange Format Route File: Midshires Way GPX Exchange Format Route File Login to Download
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MemoryMap Route file: Midshires Way Memory Map Route File Login to Download
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Tracklogs Route file: Midshires Way Tracklogs Route File Login to Download
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Route Profile:

360.2 Km (223.8 miles)
4,752 m (15,591 ft) ascent
468 m (1,535 ft)  maximum height