Nuneaton to Atherstone

The River Anker, and Caldecote Hall in the distance, from just beyond the half-way point of the route


  • Start: Nuneaton station (station code NUN, postcode CV11 4BU)
  • Finish: Atherstone station (station code ATH, postcode CV9 1BH)
  • Distance: 11.89km
  • Total ascent: 74m
  • Naismith time: 2h 29m
  • London terminus: Euston
  • Ticketing: Day return to Atherstone
  • Intermediate transport: Buses to Atherstone and Nuneaton at Mancetter (9.22km)
  • Facilities: Convenience shop at Mancetter; all facilities at Atherstone and Nuneaton


This gentle walk in the Anker valley passes through different eras of history. It starts in Nuneaton, which has seen silk, coal and bricks come and go in the local economy, and has a church designed by the inventor of the hansom cab, Joseph Hansom (who also designed Birmingham Town Hall, amongst many other buildings). After a few minutes’ suburbia, the route takes to a former railbed before crossing fields to Caldecote, an important Civil War site (the current Hall is a Victorian replica which has served, in its time, as a secure home for inebriates and is currently a gated community split into flats). The approach to Atherstone is via the Roman town of Mancetter and the Coventry Canal.

Walkers should note that return tickets to Atherstone will only be valid on the stopping service, and not on the West Coast express trains between London and Nuneaton — this will hardly be an issue, since there are just two intermediate stops south of Nuneaton.

Watling Street Roman camp, Mancetter


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