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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 .


Path Type
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Waymark: Blue disc with name and North Warwickshire Community Partnership, Lottery logo
Blue disc with name and North Warwickshire Community Partnership, Lottery logo
Easy; Canal; Heritage; Industrial History
Start and Finish
SP306974 - Atherstone Heritage Feature, Coleshill Road Bridge, Atherstone, Warwickshire
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Along Path
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The Railway Guest House  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
26 Km
B & B Accommodation
Villa Marie  (bookable online)
3 Km
35 Km

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Route Profile:

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