Stage 2: Lichfield to Kingsbury Water Park — Heart of England Way
Includes a segment with temporary access restrictions
Check ahead to confirm restricted segments are open to the public.
0.51 mi in total
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
December 14, 2020
Wildlife and history fuse on this stage, which visits the magnificent Lichfield Cathedral and some diverse habitats.
To begin, you hike through Lichfield; past the city’s rare three-spired medieval cathedral and around the tranquil Minster Pool. You join the A51 road on the outskirts and follow it east.
A short while after crossing over the A38, you follow footpaths southeast through expansive farmland interspersed with small woodlands. Upon reaching the A453, you have a couple of miles along lanes to Drayton Bridge, where you join the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal south.
This next section explores a landscape that is home to much wildlife. Separated from the canal by a strip of farmland is RSPB Middleton Lakes, a tapestry of wetland, meadow and woodland that affords year-round displays of nature, especially birdlife. This Tour steps into the nature reserve briefly, but it is well worth exploring more if you have time.
Upon reaching Canal Pool, you wind into Kingsbury Water Park, another important wildlife habitat, and finish. There are a few hotels and places for food and drink dotted around the park.
December 15, 2020