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|Wrottesley Park Round|
|Author: djhampton, Published: 11 Sep 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a wonderful circular walk suitable for a family with children, having a real countryside feel and marvellous views of the Wolverhampton city skyline. There is abundant wildlife and opportunities for small children to explore. Apart from the first few yards, the walk has no public roads and uses footpaths, bridleways and, for a short distance, the Staffordshire Way. Having said that, many of paths are accessible to vehicles on the estate, but the speed limit is highly restricted. Additionally, it is very unusual to see vehicles, other than farm vehicles at weekends. There are a few gates and stiles along the route and one section passes through a garden where a dog may be present. Some of the paths can be quite exposed and windy in winter months so be prepared. |
The route plotted is five miles long, but there are various points along the way where it can be shortened if walkers tire or the weather turns inclement.
This area is not easily accessible as it is surrounded by roads with no real place to stop, but that's what makes it such an attraction. I tend to park in the village of Oaken or along Shop Lane which leads to Oaken from the A41, Holyhead Road. The advantage of Oaken is that it is on the Staffordshire Way and the first and last parts of the walk are along this National Trail.
|Start to Stile and Gate|
Start point: 52.6199 lat, -2.2143 long
Park in Oaken or Shop Lane and walk back to the A41 Holyhead Road taking care to face oncoming traffic. Standing at the junction you will see twenty three steps opposite you which lead up to a stile marked as the Staffordshire Way.
|Stile and Gate to Farm crossroads|
Start point: 52.616 lat, -2.2202 long
You have crossed over the stile and through the gate and are now in a private garden with a right of way through it. The path keeps to the left of the garden and I tend to walk quickly through this bit of the path, because being in someone else's garden makes me feel very self-conscious!
|Farm crossroads to King's Wood business park|
Start point: 52.6125 lat, -2.2309 long
At Way Point 2 turn right, i.e. at the Farm Crossroads. The journey to Way Point 3 is a straight line so make your way along the mettled road until it peters out to become an unmettled track. Go through the metal gate onto the track and walk past the woods, through the fields and onto the mettled estate road.
|King's Wood Business park to Reservoir woods|
Start point: 52.6174 lat, -2.2452 long
This next section gives fabulous views of the Shropshire countryside with Titterstone Clee, Brown Clee, Long Mynd and the Wrekin visible on most days. On a Winter's day, this stretch of the walk can be bitterly cold and very windy so take note.
|Reservoir woods to small wood|
Start point: 52.6057 lat, -2.2497 long
This next section is very short and straight forward. Simply walk along the path towards the small wood in front of you. The wood is the site of Way Point 5 and I've added this because it is one of the points where the walk can be cut short.
|Small wood to farm buildings|
Start point: 52.6065 lat, -2.2406 long
This is a very short section taking you from the small wood through some fields to the The Bradshaws' farm buildings. As you walk you will pass a large stone on the ground, which in the local vernacular is a 'warstone' i.e. a glacial boulder left here after the last ice age. Glacial striations are clearly visible on the stone.
|Farm buildings to Sequoia/Red Wood tree|
Start point: 52.6089 lat, -2.2289 long
Having opted to continue the walk, your path now angles off slightly to the right and down hill along the edge of a small wood. The views of Wolverhampton now disappear but on a really clear day the most northern of the Malvern Hills can just be seen.
|Sequoia/Red Wood tree to End|
Start point: 52.6118 lat, -2.22 long
As you approach the Sequoia, the path takes you to the right and terminates in a stile onto a lane. Turn right on the lane and walk towards Wrottesley Golf Club.
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A very pleasant walk with easy enough instructions copied on to a piece of paper. We have now downloaded the app so look forward to tracking our next walk. Lovely to find such beautiful contryside so close to a city. (The lone oak tree is a sycamore, but a very fine one!)
|By AnnSmalley on 2016-04-30 10:30:28|
Was grateful for warning re owner of garden walk goes through: she appeared with 2 dogs and attitude!
|By Animalclare on 2016-05-17 14:37:23|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
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Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
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