National Forest Way



The National Forest Way has been launched after 5 years of planning. It Links the National Arboretum at Alrewas Staffordshire with Beacon Hill at Woodhouse Eaves. The route is 75 miles and a bit like the Robin Hood Way in Nottinghamshire it twist and turns like a drunken sailor, with perhaps only one purpose, that of linking  points of interest, it’s not a walk for getting somewhere. I know from bitter experience that the National Arboretum is not a walker friendly location. Being alongside the A38, railway and rivers Trent and Tame there are very limited access points. The Google map shows the route starts with a half mile walk along the A513 which was a dreary drag when I did it two years ago. Shame they haven’t been able to use the footbridge over the Trent (A walk using Mythaholme Bridge), it  cost £130,000 in 2004 and still has no footpaths linking to it.  I noted new waymarks recently on the Ivanhoe Way between Staunton Harold and Ashby de la Zouch and thought perhaps that route had been renamed ‘National Forest Way’ but it appears it uses the same paths, shame we can’t have waymarks showing both route. I’m not impressed – tell us your view.

Mythaholme bridge - spot the linking footpath

Mythaholme bridge – spot the linking footpath

Here some links:-

The website shows a group of walkers passing through a field of Oil Seed. I reproduce it here and hope it wasn’t on a path in Leicestershire.

The National Forest Way

The National Forest Way


2 Responses to “National Forest Way”

  1. Boots Says:

    Hello Tim

    Congratulations of your achievement and yes please lets here more about your walk. A few years back I did The Great English Walk ( conceived and published by a husband and wife team, Margaret and Brian Nightingale. That was a wonderful walk which inspired me to recently create a 200 mile walk of my own, more details of that will appear on this site next week.

    While I would like to know where your walk goes I’d also like to hear how you chose the start and end points, points of interest on the way and how many compromises you had to make along the way.

    I did do a Google search for ‘The Cross Britain Way’ and the first listing was for comments made by John above on this site. I know from personal experience with The Great English that promoting the route can be a challenge, a web site might help.


  2. Tim Brunton Says:

    I am the culprit! My wife and I have put the Cross Britain Way together over the past five years, with the blessing of the six English Counties involved I may add, and we waymarked the whole route in May and June. I would be happy to tell you more if you want to contact me.
    Tim Brunton

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