This is a fantastic journey through rural and urban landscapes at the heart of England. This route starts from the spires of Oxford and takes you to the birth place of William Shakespeare. Through Redditch and the rolling landscape of North Warwickshire into Birmingham, the geographical heart of the National Cycle Network.
Leaving Oxford the route takes you north on a mixture of on-road and traffic free paths. You will travel past Bloxham, Shipston-on-Stour and at Long Marston you join the 5 mile long Stratford Greenway. The greenway takes you to Milcote.
You then arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon where the route takes you through the city centre and out along the Stratford-upon-Avon canal. From here the route takes you past Arrow Valley Lake and all the way onto Redditch, Bromsgrove, past Birmingham and Smethwick before arriving in Walsall. There is a greenway between Mill Lane in Walsall and Station Road in Pelsall. The route then continues on towards Chasewater Country Park and takes you through Lichfield as it wends its way to Burton upon Trent.
From here you follow a railway path from Etwall which takes you into Derby and past Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.