Stage 4: Meriden to Henley-in-Arden — Heart of England Way
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
December 14, 2020
The trail passes some treasured medieval sites on this hike, including a church with one the finest crypts in the country.
With 16.7 miles (27 km) to cover, Stage 4 is above average distance for this Collection. Whilst the gently-undulating terrain shouldn’t be too strenuous, it is a challenging hike nevertheless. (For a suggestion on how to split the stage, read on.)
From Meriden, head east on the Millennium Way and rejoin the Heart of England Way by St Laurence Church, a pretty Grade I-listed building from the 12th century. You then head southwest through farmland along footpaths and green lanes.
In Berkswell, you pass St John’s, a Norman parish church that contains one the finest crypts in the country. It is well worth popping inside and admiring the crypt, which dates to the 12th century.
You then hike through arable land and pastures interspersed with sleepy villages and patches of woodland to Baddesley Clinton, a stunning moated manor that is owned by the National Trust.
The trail then heads through pleasant countryside, follows the Stratford-upon-Avon canal for a short time and finally heads west to Henley-in-Arden. Within the historic little town, you find places to stay, options for food and drink, shop and other attractions.
Splitting this stage evenly is a little tricky. One option is to detour west slightly after Baddesley Clinton into the hamlet of Kingswood. There are a couple of places to stay here and a train station to take you elsewhere.
December 15, 2020