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Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood

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Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood
Author: djhampton, Published: 23 Sep 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood Walking Guidestar1 Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood Walking Guidestar1 Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood Walking Guidestar0 Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood Walking Guidestar0 Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood Walking Guide
Staffordshire,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood Walking Guide boot Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood Walking Guide
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A circular, relatively flat walk through farmland and small woods using paths and bridleways with some short stretches along country lanes. Some of the footpaths can be particularly muddy so boots or wellies are essential.

There are several stiles along the route and as much of the walk is through farmland, there are a lot of animals in the fields, particularly horses and cows. In one field walkers are warned that a bull is sometimes present as are cows and calves.

As a circular route the walk can be joined at any point, but I've started and finished the walk at a car park in Codsall, which is free and near to the station by the Co-operative supermarket.

Codsall is easily accessible by road, bus and train; parking is free.

The post code for the car park is WV8 1PE

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Start and finish point SO 864 035

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Walk Sections

Start to Oaken
Start to Oaken

Start point: 52.6298 lat, -2.2021 long
End point: 52.6238 lat, -2.2122 long

Park in the free car park by the Co-operative supermarket and walk back to the road. Turn right and walk down the road past the park on your right and under the railway bridge. Walk past the mini-roundabout and turn right into Oaken Drive.

Once on Oaken Drive there is temptation to follow the path across the field on the right, but resist; there is no right of way here. Walk along Oaken Drive, which is part mettled, but turns into a track at Springfield House Nursing and Residential Home.

The path now starts to rise slightly and at the end of the wall belonging to the grounds of the residential and nursing home on your right, the path turns right into a field, going through a metal gate. The path follows the right hand edge of the field taking you to the left of a small wood and eventually to a signpost pointing you left across the field to a kissing gate where another path joins from the right. Don't take this path but walk to the road which you can now see in front of you and to the left.

You are now in the hamlet of Oaken.

Oaken to Oaken Lawn Cottage
Oaken to Oaken Lawn Cottage

Start point: 52.6238 lat, -2.2122 long
End point: 52.6254 lat, -2.2327 long

Standing on the road that runs through the hamlet of Oaken turn right and walk for about 400 metres past Oaks and Limes and where the road bends to the right there is a clear stile into the field straight ahead of you with the stile on the left hand side of the road.

Cross the stile and follow the path along the left hand side of the field parallel to a row of oaks. Scurrying through the trees there are always plenty of grey squirrels and Buzzards can usually be seen and heard away to the right.

Follow the path through the fields and eventually you will arrive at another road. Cross straight over this onto the path opposite, which is very evident with a bright yellow height restriction bar and a steel barrier. A few metres along this path and to the left is a conveniently placed picnic table set into a small clearing in the wood through which you are now walking.

Continue through this wood and eventually you will find yourself in a small open area where there is an electricity pylon. There is a path to the left, but ignore this and walk up the path and through the next small wood. There are fields to the right beyond the wood where horses are grazing.

This path can get really muddy as it is well used by horse riders so be prepared. Eventually the path emerges by a small cottage to the right called Oaken Lawn Cottage.

Oaken Lawn Cottage to Husphins Lane
Oaken Lawn Cottage to Husphins Lane

Start point: 52.6254 lat, -2.2327 long
End point: 52.6351 lat, -2.2286 long

Walk past Oaken Lawn Cottage and after about one hundred metres you arrive at a crossroads of paths, which is signposted, with the left hand path taking you to Oaken Croft.

At this crossroads turn right and walk through the small wood, where the path is easy to follow and eventually emerges opposite some houses. You will see outside the last house the remains of huge Willow and the path dives into yet another wood just to the left of this Willow.

The path in this wood follows the course of a small stream to your left and emerges over a small footbridge at a stile into a field. Once over the stile follow the path along the left hand side of the field to another stile in the far left hand corner. Once over this stile the path crosses the field diagonally to a bridge across the railway called Husphin's Bridge.

Cross the railway bridge and as you approach the metal gate in front of you go over the stile to your left and walk diagonally across the field to the far right hand corner where there is another stile.

Once over this stile the path takes you along the right hand side of a field sandwiched in between an electric fence and a prickly hedge. The field itself has a gradient to it, but it's not too steep and eventually it brings you to another stile over which is Husphins Lane.

Husphins Lane to Codsall Wood
Husphins Lane to Codsall Wood

Start point: 52.6351 lat, -2.2286 long
End point: 52.6421 lat, -2.2254 long

Turn right on Husphins Lane and walk past a few houses on the right and then turn left onto the bridleway, which is well marked, and takes you along a long driveway.

This is a very pleasant lane that takes you past some beautiful and well maintained houses with pretty gardens and immaculate lawns. There are one or two yappy dogs, but all seemed to be lots of bark and no bite.

There are one or two places where the lane splits off to the left, but keep to the right until you meet a larger lane coming in from the left. At this point you can see a road a little further on, so again keeping right walk to the road. You will see a sign for Pendrell Hall on the other side of the road.

This is the Codsall to Bishop's Wood road and has something of a reputation for accidents involving young riders. Fortunately, the fast sections are much further along so you should not be troubled by speeding motorists, however you need to walk along the road to the left for a few hundred metres and there is a blind corner. Normally, I always advocate walking on the right hand side of a road where there is pavement, but on this section it is much safer to walk on the narrow verge on the left.

Please take care when walking along this short section and cross to other side of the road once round the corner to face oncoming traffic.

Continue to walk along the road until you reach the Crown Inn and turn right. The Crown Inn serves a range of food and drink and makes a very pleasant place to break the journey.

Codsall Wood to Nursery Farm
Codsall Wood to Nursery Farm

Start point: 52.6421 lat, -2.2254 long
End point: 52.6397 lat, -2.2097 long

This section of the walk is very straight forward. Having turned right past the Crown pub walk along the lane to the T junction and then turn right towards Gunstone and Pendeford and past St Peter's church.

Once round the first sharp corner there is a driveway to the right and just beyond that is a stile through a hole in the hedge. Once over the stile keep to the right hand side of the field, where the path is quite distinct and then over another stile in the corner of the field. Follow this path, again along the right hand side towards the top right hand corner, but a little way before the corner there is a stile to your right and this is the route of the path that you need to follow.

The path is quite constrained here and squeezed between a pond to the right and a field of horses on the left. Eventually the path opens up by some stables into a wider track and continues to the road.

Nursery Farm to End
Nursery Farm to End

Start point: 52.6397 lat, -2.2097 long
End point: 52.6299 lat, -2.2021 long

Cross over the road, but take care because this is blind corner, and you will see the entrance to two tracks with a sign saying "Nursery Farm, no right of way". If you have a map, it suggests that you need to take the right hand track, but this is incorrect as it is the left hand track which is required. The track eventually sweeps round to the left and past the back of Nursery Farm. The track runs adjacent to the track to Nursery Farm passing the back of the farm and then once again becomes quite tight running past a field with horses.

As you walk along this path you are afforded excellent views of the Parish church of Codsall, St Nicholas, which stands high on the hill before you. The path runs down past a fairly marshy area and is quite bumpy under foot. To the right and then across a concrete bridge, which is a metre or so above a stream but has no handrails so take care with small children.

Once over the bridge the path climbs towards the church and takes you along a path and through a kissing gate and between two hedges, a Beech and a Hawthorn.

At the top of the path you emerge on a lane and turning right takes you past the back of the church. If you want to have a look at the church it is well worth a visit, but walk round it to the left to gain access.

Having turned right the lane eventually brings you to Church Road and again turn right on this road and walk down to the bottom of the hill. Opposite is an alleyway leading past a small sculpture garden to the right and taking this alley you emerge between two pubs, the Bull and the Crown and a little further on and just before the car park, is an excellent coffee shop. Just round the corner is the car park from where you started.

Your walk is complete.

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2 responses to "Codsall, Oaken and Codsall Wood"

We live nearby and the walk took us down some paths that were new to us. However they were also overgrown so as to be almost impassable and we abandoned the walk half way round

By jw1200 on 2016-08-16 15:58:16

14/09/16. Just completed this walk. Loved it. A little muddy stretch, which could get worse as the autumn progresses, but nothing to a seasoned walker.
We could see no evidence of what we would call overgrown paths, but when you've battled through a rape seed field you'll tackle anything.
The Crown is now open and serves some good beers.
The Crown Joules in Codsall is a treasure, excellent beers and wonderful food.

By andyrea on 2016-09-14 17:22:53

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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