Route details

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    5 miles 

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    2 hours

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    OS Explorer maps 245

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    OS Grid Ref

    SK 14224 18924

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    Yoxall (DE13 8NQ) 

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    Path type

    Roads, unsurfaced paths, tracks, woodland trails and farmland

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    Unsurfaced paths my be muddy in wet weather

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  • NFW Stage 12 - Eastbound

    NFW Stage 12 - Eastbound

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  • NFW Stage 12 - Westbound

    NFW Stage 12 - Westbound

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On this stage, the route is never far from the River Swarbourn. You will enjoy views over the Trent Valley towards Lichfield with its prominent cathedral, passing through young woodlands and open river meadows. Visit the villages of Yoxall and Alrewas and the National Memorial Arboretum, a place of reflection and remembrance.


Walk highlights


Yoxall is an attractive Needwood village situated on the River Swarbourn. The main street features several timber framed buildings dating from the 14th century and a number of fine 18th century farmhouses in red brick. 

Swarbourn Meadow

Swarbourn Meadow is a rich wildlife habitat beside the River Swarbourn with wet woodland, marshy areas and open water. An otter holt has been installed in a quiet area in the hope that they will colonise the area. 


The name Alrewas derives from alder wash (swamp) due to the Alder trees that used to grow in and around the River Trent floodplain. The Trent and Mersey canal runs through the village where locks and bridges evoke the atmosphere of the canal’s heyday. Cut between 1770 and 1777, it was England’s first commercial canal. 

The National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum is a spiritually uplifting place for reflection and remembrance. The site was developed on reclaimed gravel workings and is planted with 50,000 maturing trees. With a wildflower meadow and riverside walks, it is a lasting, living tribute. 


  • Car Parking
  • Grassy Paths
  • Picnic Area

Where to eat

National Memorial Arboretum Cafe

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