Route Changes


Any changes made to either HOEW or Arden Way routes, since the publication of the 2012 Guide, will be notified in this section.


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Bucks Head Farm / Bourne House


We have been advised of a temporary diversion between Bucks Head Farm and Bourne House. Its work to divert a gas main before the main Hs2 work commences. Its signed on the ground and, as indicated, will last until  November.

Preston Bagot Diversion

The footpath, approximately 385 metres in length, has now been diverted and is now 411 metres in length.  Warwickshire County Council, in its order of 7th Jan 2020, described it as being 'in the interests of the owner of the land...' and 'expedient that the line of the path should be diverted.' .  A new Marlow pedestrian gate will be installed at point F.  The new route will have an available width of 3 metres.



Berkswell and HS2 (Park Lane):

Following communications with Solihull MBC, we have been advised that Park Lane has been closed to both pedestrians and traffic. 


To give continuity to the HoEW, walkers may follow Lavender Hall Lane to the A452 in Balsall Common, where it could connect back to the HoEW via Wotton Green Lane, or turn off the Lane earlier to take a ROW footpath directly to the Old Saracens Head. 


HS2 have a community engagement contact setup to resolve issues - Freephone: 08081 434 434, email , and by post FREEPOST, HS2 Community Engagement

Rerouting of HoEW at Dorsington to Permissive Path

The Heart of England Way has been re-routed onto a new footpath between points A and B (near Dorsington village) by permission of the Heart of England Forest Charity.  Please follow HOEW signs on red route.


The new route uses an attractive permissive footpath and has been comprehensively signed with marker posts and notices.  (the old route used a bridleway that in winter always became very muddy and unpleasant)


Travelling east from point B, follow the track and minor road until your reach Dorsington Road.


Ordnance Survey have been informed of the changes.  When we get authorisation in writing from the Forest Trust agreeing to the permissive path, then Ordnance Survey will be able to reflect this on maps.





17th August 2015

Today we successfully put up the new waymarking arrows to mark the change of route on the outskirts of Lichfield.  We put up 5 pairs of waymarks to direct people on to the Hatherton Canal towpath. 


18th June 2015

By using the towpath of the newly restored Hatherton Canal towpath a section of road walking along the busy A51 has been removed, on the southern outskirts of Lichfield.  Do look at for further details.  The Hatherton Canal Trust is also very pleased that we have chosen to use a section of the canal towpath.  It is mutually beneficial and gives credence to both organisations.  The section of canal towpath that HOEW route can use, can be found here (scroll to right of map).



2nd March 2013

Bridleway diversion affecting Rugeley Road & Moors Gorse, which affects section 3 of the Guide Book removing from use the level crossing on Marquis Drive, replacing it with a bridge.This is in the walk script in segment 1 and for the circular route, segment C.






Cannock Chase District Council (“The Council”) confirmed the above order without modifications on 28th February 2013.


The effect of the order as confirmed is to divert the public bridleway running from a point 30 metres west of Rugeley Road (A460), Rugeley and 8 metres east of Moors Gorse Level Crossing extending 70 metres west over the railway line. The order will create an alternative bridleway instead on a line running from a point 30 metres west of the Rugeley Road (A460) and 8 metres east of Moors Gorse Level Crossing extending approximately 90 metres south along a 1:12 gradient ramp and then proceeding in a westerly direction across a bridlebridge over the railway line with two 3 metre parallel sections and then extending in a northerly direction for 80 metres as shown on the order map.


1st Nov 2012

Footpaths M394 (Heart of England Way) crosses the Birmingham to Nuneaton mainline railway to the east of Whitacre Junction, near the north-west corner of Shustoke Reservoir. The path crosses two lines at rail level. 70 Metres away is a railway access bridge over the line. In the interests of safety, Network Rail has secured an order diverting M394 to this bridge.

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