The Arden Way
Based on the historic Warwickshire towns of Henley-in-Arden and Alcester, weaving its way through the delightful Shakespearian countryside and Forest of Arden.
It radiates along countryside paths passing through Alcester, Aston Cantlow, Henley in Arden and Studley.
Created by Heart of England Way Association, and devised by one of its Alcester members, The Arden Way is recognised by Warwickshire County Council.
From Henley in Arden the way travels to Ullenhall and it’s delightful church, passing close to Studley, and along the River Arrow to Coughton Court (National Trust).
From here through Kinwarton and joining The Heart of England Way to Roman Alcester. Looping round through south and east to head north again to Aston Cantlow, then west before going north past Spernall Park, through Bannams Wood (a SSSI with spectacular flowers and ancient trees).
A good view all around is had here before descending down to Henley in Arden again.
The Arden Way has a unique link stage which is not waymarked (but a consideration is being given to some supportive signage) that gives it a clear 2 x 13 miles (or very close to) circular walks to enable a North Ring and South Ring to be walked as two reasonable day walks.
The Arden Way takes walkers through some of the finest landscape in Warwickshire.
Using field paths, tracks lanes and woodland paths as it gently sweeps through the typically rolling Warwickshire countryside.
It's way marked with a simple circle of leaves and the name in green on white, shown on the OS Explorer maps 205 & 220 as a recreational long distance path.
You can start at Henley in Arden where there is a free car park, right at the centre of the historic medieval market town.
You may also like to use PUBLIC TRANSPORT - Henley In Arden has a Railway Station (Birmingham Moor Street line) and even has STEAM TRAINS some days! There are also buses!
A volunteer warden service keeps an eye on the route. The way is managed and maintained voluntarily by Heart of England Way Association.
A useful GPS guide can be found at http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/arden-way-walking-route#