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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)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 109110119128129141152165
OS Landranger Active: 109110119128129141152165
OS Explorer: 124181192207223233245246259260268269277
OS Explorer Active: 124181192207223233245246259260268269277

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
B & B Accommodation: Olympic Lodge  (bookable online) 3 Km 15 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Milton Keynes YHA, Vicarage Road, Milton Keynes, Bucks < 1 Km 58 Km
Hotels: BEST WESTERN Three Swans Hotel  (bookable online) 4 Km 142 Km
Hotels: Travel Plaza Hotel  (bookable online) 1 Km 145 Km
Hotels: Angel Hotel  (bookable online) 4 Km 154 Km
B & B Accommodation: West Langton Lodge  (bookable online) 3 Km 156 Km
B & B Accommodation: Homestead House  (bookable online) 3 Km 157 Km
B & B Accommodation: Launde Abbey  (bookable online) 3 Km 167 Km
Other: Manor Farm  (bookable online) 3 Km 192 Km
Hotels: The Star Inn 1744  (bookable online) 2 Km 192 Km
Self-catering: Walton Thorns Farm Holiday Cottages  (bookable online) 5 Km 194 Km
B & B Accommodation: Bouverie Lodge B&B  (bookable online) 3 Km 199 Km
Hotels: Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel  (bookable online) < 1 Km 229 Km
Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport  (bookable online) 3 Km 229 Km
Hotels: Falcon Inn  (bookable online) 4 Km 229 Km
B & B Accommodation: Lady Gate Guest House  (bookable online) 5 Km 229 Km
B & B Accommodation: Castletown House  (bookable online) 3 Km 238 Km
Hotels: Donington Manor Hotel  (bookable online) 3 Km 238 Km
B & B Accommodation: Spring Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km 238 Km
Hotels: The Priest House Hotel  (bookable online) 4 Km 239 Km
B & B Accommodation: Green Gables  (bookable online) 5 Km 258 Km
Self-catering: Chevin View Holiday Home  (bookable online) 2 Km 269 Km
B & B Accommodation: Dannah Farm Country House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 274 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Shining Cliff Hostel < 1 Km 276 Km
Self-catering: Pear Tree Farm Holidays  (bookable online) 2 Km 282 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Gables Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online) 3 Km 282 Km
B & B Accommodation: Glendon Guest House  (bookable online) 4 Km 282 Km
B & B Accommodation: Castle Green B&B  (bookable online) 4 Km 282 Km
B & B Accommodation: Sheriff Lodge  (bookable online) 4 Km 282 Km
Self-catering: Pillarbox Cottage  (bookable online) 5 Km 282 Km
B & B Accommodation: Pig of Lead  (bookable online) 2 Km 283 Km
Bunk House: Glenorchy Cente 1 Km 284 Km
Self-catering: Rose Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km 285 Km
Self-catering: Weathericks and Bradstone  (bookable online) 1 Km 286 Km
Self-catering: Hoe Grange Holidays  (bookable online) < 1 Km 292 Km
Self-catering: My Country Houses - 5* Party Houses  (bookable online) 4 Km 295 Km
Camping Barn: Middleton-by-Youlgreave Camping Barn YHA, Derbyshire 3 Km 299 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hartington YHA, Hall Bank, Hartington, nr Buxton, Derbyshire 3 Km 302 Km
Hotels: The Charles Cotton Hotel  (bookable online) 3 Km 302 Km
Camping Barn: Reckoning House, Bakewell, Derbys 4 Km 304 Km
Bunk House: Sheen Bunkhouse YHA, Peakstones, Sheen, Buxton, Derbyshire 4 Km 305 Km
Bunk House: Royal Oak Bunkbarn < 1 Km 307 Km
B & B Accommodation: Spring Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km 309 Km
Camping Barn: Nab End Camping Barn YHA, Hollinsclough, Buxton, Derbyshire 4 Km 309 Km
Other: Stoop Farm Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online) 3 Km 309 Km
Camping Barn: Taddington Camping Barn YHA, Buxton, Derbyshire 3 Km 312 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Ravenstor YHA, Millers Dale, Buxton,Derbyshire 5 Km 313 Km
Self-catering: Swallow Barn  (bookable online) < 1 Km 313 Km
Self-catering: Hargate Hall  (bookable online) 4 Km 315 Km
B & B Accommodation: Space2 @ The Old Vicarage  (bookable online) < 1 Km 316 Km
B & B Accommodation: Braemar  (bookable online) < 1 Km 320 Km
B & B Accommodation: Oldfield Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 320 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Old Manse  (bookable online) < 1 Km 320 Km
Hotels: Portland Hotel and Park Restaurant  (bookable online) < 1 Km 321 Km
Self-catering: Como  (bookable online) < 1 Km 321 Km
Other: Common Barn Farm B&B  (bookable online) 4 Km 328 Km
Self-catering: Common Barn Cottages  (bookable online) 5 Km 328 Km
Self-catering: Pyegreave Cottage  (bookable online) 4 Km 334 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Wandering Duck < 1 Km 335 Km
Self-catering: Wayfarers Cottage  (bookable online) 1 Km 335 Km
Self-catering: The Annexe  (bookable online) 4 Km 336 Km
Hotels: Lantern Pike Inn  (bookable online) 5 Km 339 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; Macmillan Way - Cross Britain Way; Millennium Walk - Stockport (Beating the Bounds); Northamptonshire Round; Outer Aylesbury Ring; 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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Route Profile:

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