Midshires Way
Trail marker showing the double-acorn emblem of the Midshires Way
Length223.8 miles (360.2 km)[1]
Horse riding

The Midshires Way is a long-distance footpath and bridleway that runs for 230 miles (370 km) from the Chiltern Hills from near Bledlow in Buckinghamshire, through the Midlands counties of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, to Stockport, Greater Manchester. It also links several other long-distance walking routes or trackways including The Ridgeway, the Pennine Bridleway and the Trans Pennine Trail.[2]

The route was opened in 1994 as a collaboration between numerous Local Authorities and user groups. It is intended as a multi-user trail but there are places where the recommended route for walkers differs from the route for horse riders and cyclists.

Buckinghamshire section

The Midshires Way starts from Wain Hill (SP770012), between Bledlow and Chinnor.[3] From there it runs near Princes Risborough north to Waddesdon and on to Winslow then in a northwest direction passing through the town of Milton Keynes. North of the town it passes to the west of Stoke Goldington before crossing the county border into Northamptonshire.[4]

Northamptonshire section

There is a 46-mile (74 km) section in Northamptonshire. Between Northampton and Market Harborough it follows the Brampton Valley Way along the route of a disused railway line, passing through two tunnels. One section within Northampton runs close to the Grand Union Canal at Blisworth Junction in Rothersthorpe, Northampton.[4]

Leicestershire section

It enters Leicestershire just south of Sutton Bassett and heads northwards for 31 miles (50 km), crossing into Nottinghamshire just north of Old Dalby.[2]

Nottinghamshire section

After passing through Willoughby on the Wolds it tracks west, turning north just outside Kegworth before turning north towards Derbyshire.[4]

Derbyshire section

The Derbyshire section starts at Sawley near Long Eaton running to Duffield then linking with the High Peak Trail close to Wirksworth. The route passes through the Peak National Park and on to Buxton. The trail then follows the Goyt Valley towards Stockport.[5]

Greater Manchester section

In the final section it enters Greater Manchester at the Etherow Country Park at Compstall running on to meet the Trans Pennine Trail in the Tame Valley. The trail finishes at Stockport (SJ893903).[6] The section between Whaley Bridge (Derbyshire) and Compstall is separately waymarked and marketed as the Goyt Way.[7]


  1. ^ "Midshires Way". Long Distance Walkers Association. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  2. ^ a b "The Midshires Way in Leicestershire". Leicestershire County Council. 20 February 2012. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ Midshires Way LDWA, Accessed 15 September 2014
  4. ^ a b c GPS routes Map, Accessed 16 September 2014
  5. ^ "Midshires Way (Derbyshire Section Two)" (PDF). Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  6. ^ "The Midshires Way". Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Goyt Way". Long Distance Walkers Association. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
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