Riverside Trail - The Heart of England Forest

Riverside Trail


Get walking in the Heart of England Forest

Come and explore the Heart of England Forest by following our Riverside Trail, starting at Barton near Dorsington. This easy-to-follow walk will take you through the beautiful beginnings of your new native broadleaf forest – you’re bound to fall in love with it just like we have.

Family Trail Map

An easy walk through magical woodland and along the banks of the Avon, with lots of trees to identify and wildlife to spot.

Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Start / finish: Dorothy’s Wood car park.
Nearest postcode: B50 4NP
Terrain: Clearly marked woodland paths – perfect for all the family.

  1. From the car park, cross the road into Dorothy’s Wood – a riot of blossom and colour in spring. Follow the trail through the trees until you reach the wide grass path.
  2. Turn left onto the path. Continue until you reach a clearing in the woodland. Turn right and follow the path up the hill.
  3. At the top of the hill is a bench – catch your breath and enjoy the stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Continue on up to level ground.
  4. Walk on and take the left fork, following the signposted arrows. This part of the path is lined with flowering shrubs. Follow this curved path, passing a bench on your left.
  5. At the hedge turn left for 50m, then right and out of the wood following the post and rail fence down the field to the road. Cross the road into the woodland on the other side and turn right along the brook for about 80m to a wooden bridge over the brook.
  6. Cross the brook on the wooden bridge and enter Roman Field Wood.
  7. Walk up the slope. Bear left and follow the arrows through a gate and cross the road. Join the public footpath for a short stretch.
  8. Go through the pedestrian gate on the left into the river meadows and head to the River Avon. Walk left along the banks of the river, past Pilgrim Lock with its large weeping willow.
  9. Head downstream along the river and cross over the Noleham Brook via the pedestrian bridge. At the angling association car park follow the access track out and turn right near the road into Dorothy’s Wood Car Park.


THE RIVER AVON – Also known as Shakespeare’s Avon, this picturesque river flows from Northamptonshire through Warwickshire to join the River Severn in Gloucestershire.

BAT BOXES  – they thrive in cool temperatures and shaded light and find plenty of food in woods. Bat boxes attract them to areas with few roosting sites.

TREE SPOT: VETERAN HAZEL – The hazel trees lining the field and footpath before you reach the River Avon are more than 50 years old – referred to by foresters as veteran hazels.

The Heart of England Forest