Route: North Arden Heritage Trail

Submitted by Elliott Line on Tue, 04/19/2022 - 03:49am
United Kingdom
26 mi
Vertical Gain
508 m

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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 Merevale.

The trail's foundation is the historic network of ancient tracks, farmers' walks for driving livestock and delivering local produce or timber to market, and miners' 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 26 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.

GPS Track