The Heart of England


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Buy the Walkers and Cyclists Guide

Walkers & Cyclists Welcome: The Heart of England

Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire.

Take time to visit the Cotswolds - beautiful countryside dotted with honey-coloured villages with limestone cottages - or soak up the stunning landscape of the Malvern Hills.

Discover places that inspired the likes of Tolkien, George Eliot and William Shakespeare. There's also a wide selection of ancient and modern cathedrals and historic houses to visit.



view of Malvern hills

Rural Worcestershire is a great place to experience the outdoors. With vast open spaces, endless countryside, rivers and canals providing excellent opportunities for walking and cycling, or just for relaxing and drinking in the impressive views.

The Malvern Hills have been described as a mountain range in miniature; the stunning eight mile ridge contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain and their craggy outline is reminiscent of the imposing uplands further west into Wales.


picture showing stew

Shropshire is a March county that saw much conflict between warring tribes and invading Romans. The Wrekin and Stretton Hills were created by volcanoes and in the south, the Long Mynd has panoramic views of the Severn plain.

From mines to railway lines, Ironbridge near the present day Telford, is said to be where the Industrial Revolution started in Britain. The blast furnace of Coalbrookdale is a reminder of the discovery of coke while the bridge was the first to be built from iron.


picture showing cotswolds cottages

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty rises all the way from the upper Thames to the Cotswold Edge. It spans several counties, mainly Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire but also parts of Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. As one of England's favourite destinations, it is famous for its historical towns and hundreds of picturesque villages.


photo of ruined Longtown Castle in Herefordshire

Herefordshire's ruined castles in the border county and Iron Age and Roman hill-forts recall a turbulent battle-scarred past. Offa's Dyke, constructed in the 8th century marks to this day the border with Wales. Today the landscape is peaceful, with comfortable small towns and villages and Hereford cattle grazing in pastures beside apple orchards and hop gardens.


picture showing walking group

With miles of canals and parts of the National Forest and The Peak District in its bounds, Staffordshire is a magnet for walkers and cyclists. Stroll along sleepy canals, lose yourself along leafy cycle routes, hike over moorland or head for the hills and crags.


Picture of Anne Hathaways Cottage

Stratford-upon-Avon is world famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, William Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne Hathaway's House - all perfect ways to relax after a day's walking or cycling.


Can't decide between all the great destinations in the Heart of England? Start by browsing a complete list of walker or cyclist friendly accommodation across the whole region.

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