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Stage 3: Kingsbury Water Park to Meriden — Heart of England Way

Stage 3: Kingsbury Water Park to Meriden — Heart of England Way

16.0 mi
2.4 mph
625 ft
475 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
194 yd

Kingsbury Water Park

Hiking Highlight

7.00 mi

Shustoke Reservoir

Hiking Highlight

16.0 mi


Hiking Highlight



Tour Profile


Path: 2.33 mi
Footpath: 10.5 mi
Street: 0.29 mi
Road: 2.73 mi
State Road: 136 yd


Unpaved: 8.60 mi
Paved: 2.35 mi
Asphalt: 1.03 mi
Unknown: 3.97 mi

Weather Forecast

Dan Hobson planned a hike.

December 14, 2020


  • Dan Hobson

    This stage visits wildlife hotspots and finishes in the ‘historical’ centre of England.

    To begin, you hike through the southern tip of Kingsbury Water Park, a series of 15 habitat-rich lakes situated in what was once the site of gravel extraction pits. The trail then cuts through Kingsbury village, skirts Hurley, and then heads southwest through farmland to Whitacre Heath.

    You hike beside the railway for a short time and then cut through fields to Shustoke Reservoir, a peaceful stretch of water that is great for birdwatching. Upon crossing Church Road, you begin a long and steady ascent south.

    After crossing over the M6 motorway, the trail arcs southwest through pastures, arable land and small woodlands and eventually joins Birmingham Road. Here, you head east into Meriden, a village that was once thought to be the centre of England and now holds the tenuous claim-to-fame of ‘historical’ centre of England.

    Within Meriden, you find a surprisingly good choice of accommodation, places for food and drink, and shops to resupply.

    • December 15, 2020

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Dan Hobson

Stage 3: Kingsbury Water Park to Meriden — Heart of England Way