- Route: Oxford to Derby via Birmingham plus Derby to Nottingham link.
- Distance: 163 miles. Map shows 181 miles of route, 61 of which are traffic free.
- National Cycle Network: Routes 5 and 54
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 and you can hire a bike locally from Statford Bike Hire, phone 07711 776340.
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.
Things to see and do
With such a long route it's impossible to list all the attractions on route but here are just a few:
- Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford
- Arrow Valley Lake
- Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
- RSPB Sandwell Valley
- Chasewater Country Park
- Beacon Park, Lichfield
- Stowe Pool, Stowe
- Pickford House Museum, Derby
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery
A journey through rural and urban landscapes at the heart of England.