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Wrottesley Park Round

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Wrottesley Park Round
Author: djhampton, Published: 11 Sep 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Wrottesley Park Round Walking Guidestar1 Wrottesley Park Round Walking Guidestar1 Wrottesley Park Round Walking Guidestar1 Wrottesley Park Round Walking Guidestar0 Wrottesley Park Round Walking Guide
Staffordshire,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Wrottesley Park Round
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Wrottesley Park Round Walking Guide boot Wrottesley Park Round Walking Guide
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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.

The closest postcode is WV8 2AX. Explorer map 219 shows the route and the start and finish points are SJ854 023, the junction of Holyhead Road (A41) and Shop Lane, Oaken.

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Walk Sections

Start to Stile and Gate
Start to Stile and Gate

Start point: 52.6199 lat, -2.2143 long
End point: 52.616 lat, -2.2202 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.

Climb the steps and the stile and then turn left and walk around two sides of the field. The path takes you along the field edge adjacent to the road and then alongside a wood. The Staffordshire Way turns left into the wood through a gap in the holly hedge, but you should ignore this (you'll return through it later) and keep walking to the corner of the field, where a stile and gate can be found in the hedge at Way Point 1.

On the other side of this stile and gate is a private garden. The path passes through this garden, but is to the extreme right hand side. Be assured that it is a right of way and that footpath signs can be found at either end.

Stile and Gate to Farm crossroads

Start point: 52.616 lat, -2.2202 long
End point: 52.6125 lat, -2.2309 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!

CAUTION - I've walked this route many times and it is not unknown for a dog to be let into the garden when I'm walking through it. I may be wrong, but it seems that the owners of the garden don't like walkers coming through, but there is a right of way so you do have the right to be there.

Two thirds of the way through the garden there is a gate on the left hand side. Don't go through this gate as there is no right of way, but keep going straight ahead and through the rather heavy wooden gate at the top of the garden.

Once through the gate at the top end of the garden walk straight ahead along what appears to be an ordinary road, but is really a mettled estate road. On either side of you are woods and fields. If you are lucky you may see Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Tits of various species, Buzzards, Nuthatches and Treecreepers. In the summer the area is alive with Swifts, Swallows and both House and Sand Martins.

Eventually you will come to what appears to be a T-junction, but on closer inspection there is another path opposite you, so it is in fact a cross roads. There is actually a footpath pointer at the junction to show that indeed this is a crossroads. I've called it the Farm Crossroads and it is Way Point 2.

Farm crossroads to King's Wood business park

Start point: 52.6125 lat, -2.2309 long
End point: 52.6174 lat, -2.2452 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.

This is the only area where there is likely to be any traffic, but it is only very occasional. Walk past the houses on the left, but make sure that you look to your left where the view starts to unfold.

At the end of the lane you will see a small business park on your right and opposite that a mobile home park. There should be a large house in front of you to the left.

This is Way Point 3.

King's Wood Business park to Reservoir woods
King's Wood Business park to Reservoir woods

Start point: 52.6174 lat, -2.2452 long
End point: 52.6057 lat, -2.2497 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.

The path takes you towards and then through Wrottesley Lodge Farm yard. As you walk make sure that you listen out for the distinctive croak of Ravens that can be seen and heard on almost every day of the year. In flight, these wonderful birds have a distinctive diamond shape tail and their croaking is unmistakeable.

Having walked through the farm yard in a more or less straight line continue through the fields where you will have a marvellous view of the Wolverhampton city skyline with New Cross hospital, St Peter's church, Molineux, the tall student accommodation, and St Luke's all clearly visible.

Continue past a small wood on your left, but don't go as far as the next wood, (which hides a covered reservoir), as the track you want is to your left and heading in the direction of Wolverhampton.

You are now at Way Point 4.

Reservoir woods to small wood
Reservoir woods to small wood

Start point: 52.6057 lat, -2.2497 long
End point: 52.6065 lat, -2.2406 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.

If you wish to shorten the walk simply follow the path through this small wood, which brings you into a field where there is another wood to your left. The path takes you along the edge of this wood and you will eventually find yourself back at Way Point 2 from where you can simply retrace your steps back to the beginning of the walk.

If you are going to undertake the whole walk you will simply ignore the path through the wood and carry straight on.

Small wood to farm buildings

Start point: 52.6065 lat, -2.2406 long
End point: 52.6089 lat, -2.2289 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.

Again, if you wish to shorten the journey you can turn right and walk past farm buildings on your right, past the farm house again on your right and continue straight ahead past a small wood on your right and a small lake. This route takes you past Wrottesley Hall, now divided into houses and apartments.

If you wish to continue the walk keep the farm buildings on your left. You are now at WayPoint 6.

Farm buildings to Sequoia/Red Wood tree
Farm buildings to Sequoia/Red Wood tree

Start point: 52.6089 lat, -2.2289 long
End point: 52.6118 lat, -2.22 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.

Pass along side the wood and then along the track through the next field and eventually you will meet the Staffordshire Way coming in from the South. Turn left onto the Staffordshire Way, (which you will follow to the end of the walk), and walk up hill along the hedge at the edge of the field towards yet another small wood.

Walking past the wood follow the path to the solitary oak tree in the next field and then make your way towards the very tall tree at the top of the hill. I've looked at this tree many times and am pretty sure it's a Sequoia, but how it got there I'm not sure.

You are now at Way Point 7.

Sequoia/Red Wood tree to End
Sequoia/Red Wood tree to End

Start point: 52.6118 lat, -2.22 long
End point: 52.6199 lat, -2.2143 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.

At the end of the lane the Stafforshire Way is well sign posted and takes you left across a small car park and then through a small wood to a golf green. Walk left round the wood and again follow the path as it plunges you into the wood. Eventually, you arrive into the field that you started the walk off in. Retrace your steps back to wherever you have parked.

Your walk is complete.

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2 responses to "Wrottesley Park Round"

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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