Sunday 14 April 2024

14/04/24 - Centenary Way Summary

Length of Heart of England Way - 100 Miles

Amount walked on Circular Walks - 193.5
Geocaches Found - 66
Stages Completed In - 26
Start - Kingsbury Water Park - 20/03/21
Finish - Lower Quinton - 14/04/2024

The Centenary Way is a 100 mile Long Distance Path in Warwickshire, created to commemorate 100 years of the counties existence.  Stephen Cross, former Mayor of Warwick, takes his blueprint for the Heart of England Way and produces a guide book that splits the route into a series of circular day walks.

Providing inspiration for monthly walks, I completed over 26 stages.

The Guide Book


Several stages were accessible by public transport. This led to big days out in Nuneaton, Kenilworth, Warwick and Leamington. Walking could be combined easily with Good Beer Guide Ticking. There were some decent walking stretches too - Burton Dassett Hills and Edge Hill providing the best walks.


Poor paths in places - especially in the North of the County.  Overgrown and sometimes missing. I can't blame the path for the 2024 mud, but there was a sea of it towards the end. Several walks were deadly dull. Even as we edged into the Cotswolds.

The real killer was HS2 - causting rerouting and misery on a couple of stages - none worse than Ufton.  To be fair to the guide author, he did he best to warn us, with potential diversions detailed in a book published in 2017.

Alas, in summary, it was nowhere near as pretty or satisfying a walk as the Millennium Way and Heart of England Way, which have followed similar themes.

The Stages

Stage 2 - Shustoke
Stage 3 - Furnace End
Stage 4 - Birchley Heath
Stage 5 - Nuneaton
Stage 6 - Bermuda
Stage 7 - Sutton Stop
Stage 8 - Ansty
Stage 9 - Brinklow
Stage 10 - Brandon
Stage 12 - Bubbenhall
Stage 13 - Kenilworth
Stage 14 - Leek Wooton
Stage 15 - Warwick
Stage 16 - Leamington Spa
Stage 17 - Ufton
Stage 18 - Harbury
Stage 20 - Fenny Compton
Stage 21 - Arlescote
Stage 22 - Edghill
Stage 23 - Oxhill
Stage 24 - Idlicote
Stage 25 - Ilmington
Stage 26 - Lower Quinton

The Photo Album

Centenary Way

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