Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk

Walking trail

This gentle walk starting from Coughton Court car park goes across the meadow, runs along the River Arrow and through the Heart of England Forest.

Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk


Map route for Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk


Car Park, Coughton Court, grid ref: SP083606


From the Welcome Centre, walk back to the overflow car park across the bridge. Turn right and walk half way through the car park until you see a wide gate on the left. Go through the gate and bear left across the field towards a wide metal gate with a National Trust sign post beside it. Go through the kissing gate and onto the Arden Way.

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With the hedge on your left, walk along the edge of the field to the corner, turn right and after a few metres go through a metal gate on your left. Continue diagonally across the field to another kissing gate. An Arden Way sign will be posted.

Dog walk at Coughton Court, Warwickshire


Enter Haydon Way Wood, part of the Heart of England Forest, take the right hand fork past the bench which will be on your right hand side. Continue until you reach the gate and then cross the bridge. At the end of the bridge turn right, go through the gate and follow the river downstream. A large farmhouse will be on your left.

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farm house on dog walk from Coughton Court, Warwickshire


Continue through the gate and up the steps to the next gate. Follow the river to the next gate, go through and continue to follow the river. At the fork, go right nearest to the river and follow it round. On the right there will be a small wooden plank bridge to cross in to the next field. At the fork, go right and cross over the next wooden bridge and continue straight ahead.


Go through the next gate, turn left and continue towards the wood. Once in Timm's Grove (our bluebell wood) turn right and continue on a circular route until you arrive back at the entrance gate.

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Go through the gate, turn left and head diagonally across the field towards the bridge. Once you reach the bridge you can either go across the bridge into Coughton or for those who would like a longer walk or who have a dog turn left at the bridge, keep the river on your right until you reach a gate.


Go straight across the field and through the kissing gate onto the stone road. Head straight across the stone road and through the next kissing gate. Head straight across the field through the gate and then keep to the right hand side of the field. Look carefully for a path down to a kissing gate in the corner of the field. The grass is sometimes long here and the gate difficult to find. An alternative is to turn right along the stone road. This can flood at any time of the year so be cautious.


Go through the gate and turn right onto the road. Once you reach the ford cross the bridge and continue along the road and turn right back into Coughton Court. Pass both churches, the house and head back over the bridge into the car park. *Covid update - Instead of turning back into Coughton Court, continue up the lane, turn right and walk along the A435. On the right hand side, you will find a kissing gate which takes you across front park and back into Coughton.


Car Park, Coughton Court, grid ref: SP083606

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Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk


Uneven sections and kissing gates. Field paths may be marshy following wet weather. Livestock (and their droppings) are present, along with some water hazards (ponds and ditches). It is essential that dogs are kept on leads where animals are present; dogs are not permitted within the property.

Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk

Contact us

Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk

How to get here

Coughton Court, Alcester, B49 5JA
By train

Redditch 6 miles

By road

2 miles north of Alcester on A435

By foot

Arden Way passes the end of the drive

By bus

From Redditch or Stratford-upon-Avon

By bicycle

NCN5 ½ mile

Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk

Facilities and access

  • WCs, baby changing facilities, restaurant and shop at Coughton Court.
  • Dogs welcome, on leads, in car park and on public footpaths. Sorry not in gardens or house