Map of WarwickshireWarwickshire

A look at the map of Warwickshire as shown above looks a little like a county with a chunk bitten out. In some ways this is what modern Warwickshire is, before 1974 the county contained the cities of Birmingham and Coventry, but these where incorporated into the West Midlands leaving the main portion of Warwickshire to the south and a smaller part to the east and north .

The county is considered to be in the heart of England, just north of the Cotswold Hills the county is today a rural county with several historic towns breaking up the countryside. The River Avon runs east to west through the centre of the county.

 

The Avon at StratfordGeography

 

Most of the county is rolling agricultural land, the main River the Avon dominates central Warwickshire The south of the county is largely rural and sparsely populated where the rolling agricultural land gives way to the Cotswold Hills near the border with northwest Gloucestershire. The only town in the south of Warwickshire is Shipston-on-Stour. The highest point in the county, at 261 m (856 ft), is Ebrington Hill, again on the border with Gloucestershire..

The north of the county, bordering Staffordshire and Leicestershire, is mildly undulating countryside and the northernmost village, No Man's Heath, is only 34 miles south of the Peak District National Park's southernmost point.

 

Stratford on AvonCities and Towns

The county is unusual as it now contains no cities, however it contains a number of towns starting with Warwick the county town, but prehaps the two best known towns are Rugby, the town which gives its name to a type of football first played at Rugby School and Stratford upon Avon the birthplace of Shakespeare. Other towns include Nuneaton and Bedworth in the north and Leamington Spa further south.

 

The M6 in WarwickshireThe A6 and M6 in Warwickshire

The M6 enters Warwickshire just south of Coleshill then runs just north of the West Midlands border a little south of Nuneaton, skirting Coventry the M6 then crosses to just North of Rugby before leaving the county at a bridge over the A5. The A6 does not enter the county however one point of interest is that the A5 forms the counties north eastern border.