Walks in the Midlands

Cannock Chase
Walking through Cannock Chase

While the Midlands are not instantly recognisable as a walking destination there are many places where walking can be a real pleasure. For a start there are many places of outstanding beauty such as Cannock Chase, Arden, The Mease, Charnwood Forest, The Fens, The Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire Wolds, The Lincolnshire Wolds, The Trent Valley, The Potteries, The Cheshire and Shropshire Plains, Staffordshire and Sherwood Forest. In between there are many lovely countryside walks with quaint English towns and villages serving as havens for rest and refreshment before, during and after a walk. Through the efforts of guest contributors like Ken Brockway, Adam Gallimore and others and with a few of my much too infrequent efforts added I offer a selection of walks for Midlanders to enjoy on these pages.

Interactive map of the walks

Walks by Area:

All the Walks:

Walk Miles Description
Calke Park and Calke Abbey 3.7 A walk in the park, Calke Park to be exact, site of a manorial home and shown by National Trust in decline.
Fulbeck and Caythorpe 4.7 A short walk of five miles which visits two quaint Lincolnshire villages during a stroll of rural adventure.
Great Glen, Grand Union Canal and Newton Harcourt 5.6 Not to be confused with Scotland's Great Glen, this is a much more sedate offering of a pleasant five mile walk in the beauty of rural Leicestershire.
Dunstall and Barton Under Needwood 5.6 It is worth the effort climbing out of the Trent Valley to Dunstall and into the National Forest for the return to the small town of Barton under Needwood.
Barlaston and Wedgwood Pottery 5.9 A six mile walk south of Stoke in the heart of Potteries country with an optional visit to an iconic pottery factory.
Deep Hayes Country Park and Caldon Canal 5.9 A walk of six miles in Staffordshire with lots to explore, particularly if you're interested in the industrial heritage of this historic county.
Oasby, Heydour, Kelby, Culverthorpe Park and Aisby 6.0 A rural Lincolnshire villages walk negotiating the maze of fields and parkland between five small and pretty villages.
Great Haywood and Cannock Chase 6.0 A six mile walk which includes Shugborough Hall, some nice hills, lovely woodland and with a finale along the River Trent.
Weston Upon Trent, Sandon and the Trent and Mersey Canal 6.2 A pleasant walk from Weston Upon Trent just north east of Stafford across countryside to Sandon with a canalside return.
Kimberley, Awsworth and Babbington 6.2 At just over six miles, a gem of a walk between Ilkeston and Nottingham, to rural haven from urban sprawl.
Gunthorpe, River Trent, Hoveringham and Caythorpe 6.3 A lovely and very easy six mile walk of river, lakes and streams in rural Nottinghamshire.
Lowdham, Epperstone and Thurgarton 6.5 A ten mile walk in Nottinghamshire with lovely villages, grand houses, fields and waterside to enjoy on the way.
Ashby Folville, Thorpe Satchville and Twyford 6.8 Gently rolling countryside once ridden by Royalty and the upper classes to eradicate the Fox. They failed but they left behind a pleasant area for walking.
Froghall, Foxt and Ipstones 6.9 A splendid countryside walk of just under seven miles with much interest throughout as we visit some lovely villages in rural Staffordshire.
Ticknall, Calke Park and Foremark Reservoir 6.9 A nice easy day walk of seven miles for anytime of the year from Ticknall, south of Derby.
Church Minshull, the River Weaver and the Shropshire Canal 7.0 Ken Brockway visits the rural heart of the county of Cheshire for this lovely seven mile walk amidst Tudor splendour.
Hunting Walk from Nether Broughton to Old Dalby 7.6 A circular walk of eight miles on the Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire boundary. Nether Broughton is near Melton Mowbray, famous for Pork Pies & Stilton cheese.
Long Mynd from Church Stretton 7.7 Possibly the finest heather moorland walk in Shropshire. It certainly beguiled me with beauty.
King's Cliffe and Apethorpe 7.7 A walk in Northamptonshire with a dismantle railway walk and a memorial to Glenn Miller.
Repton, Capital of Mercia 7.9 An eight mile south Derbyshire walk over ancient ground to a place of modern learning.
Alrewas and Yoxall Two Rivers 8.0 Two rivers, on the Staffordshire Way for the Millennium, two pretty villages and Trent & Mersey canal.
Stiperstones 8.3 The Stiperstones is a ridge with a unique rugged outline. There are also superb views on the walk.
The Wrekin and the Ercall 8.6 A spectacular Shropshire walk with fantastic woodland and views to rival those of many higher mountains.
Thorpe Satchville, Burrough Hill and Somerby 8.7 A lovely Leicestershire walk from Thorpe Satchville to the site of an iron age hill fort and then in rolling landscapes which are typical of this part of the rural midlands.
Sutton Cheyney, Bosworth Field, Ashby Canal and Market Bosworth 8.8 Walk on the site of the defining battle of the Wars of the Roses and then take a quiet stroll along a canal during this interesting Leicestershire walk.
Bottesford to Grantham (along Grantham Canal) 9.1 A nine miles linear rural walk between county boundaries from Leicestershire into Lincolnshire. The walk ends in the home town of Mrs Thatcher.
Bradgate Country Park, Beacon Hill and Swithland Wood 10.5 A walk near the northern outskirts of Leicester through a series of country parks with two hilltops providing excellent views.
Rutland Water, Greetham and Exton 11.4 A eleven and half mile country walk in evocative Rutlandshire from Rutland Water to the neighbouring villages of Greetham and Exton.
Nottinghamshire Highs 11.6 At over 10 miles a good circular walk from Brierly Forest Park near Huthwaite to Hardwick Hall and Tibshelf.
Kirklington, Maplebeck, Caunton and Winkburn 12.3 A longer walk of over 12 miles in rural North Nottinghamshire to well kept villages with lovely countryside between them.
The Roaches and Hen Cloud 12.5 A superb walk taking in a host of classic Peak District landmarks including Hanging Stone, Lud's Church, the ouustanding Roaches ridge and Hen Cloud.
Leicestershire Villages 13.6 A north Leicestershire villages exploration of thirteen and a half miles in which Allexton, Hallaton, Medbourne and Blaston are all on the route.
Church Stretton to Shrewsbury 18.0 A wonderful eighteen mile linear walk through the delights of the Shropshire countryside.
A rural walk near to Belvoir Castle 21.0 A circular tour of 21 miles around the Duke of Rutland's ancestral home, Belvoir Castle. The walk can start in any of the delightful villages along the way.
The Longmynd Hike 50.0 Adam Gallimore treks 50 Shropshire miles in the Long Mynd and Welsh Marches on this epic challenge walk.
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