Stage 3: Kingsbury Water Park to Meriden — Heart of England Way
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
December 14, 2020
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