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Enville and the Sheepwalks

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Enville and the Sheepwalks
Author: djhampton, Published: 15 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Staffordshire,
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Enville and the Sheepwalks
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Although there are many pretty walks in South Staffordshire this one offers the best views. Close by is Kinver Edge and the Lickey Hills and further away the Cotswalds, Malverns, Clees, Long Mynd, Styper Stones and the Wrekin can all be seen.

Along the route are many stiles and several fields of livestock, particularly, as you would expect, sheep. There is about 140 metres of climb, but fairly steady and not too difficult for anyone of moderate fitness. There is short distance along a busy road, but it is the route of the Staffordshire Way, so ramblers are a common sight to locals.

The Cat is famous for its own ales and is a pleasant place to end the journey. In the churchyard of St Mary's there are the remains of a Saxon cross.

The start of the walk is the Cat in Enville. There is ample parking around the pub and close by. Enville lies on the A458 three miles west of Stourton which itself lies on the A449. There are no close railway stations and the area has poor public transport connections generally with only one bus service per day from Wolverhampton.

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Walk Sections

Start to Temple Pool
Start to Temple Pool

Start point: 52.4778 lat, -2.2575 long
End point: 52.4697 lat, -2.2581 long

From the Cat car park turn right so that the road is behind you and walk into the Enville estate through the large gates. There is a long mettled road to follow which takes you past some homes on the right and then a long brick wall until you come to playing fields on your left and the Mews on your right. Ahead of you is a field with a stile and as you walk across the filed make sure that you look back at Enville Hall.

On the other side of the field is another stile which leads to a tree shaded path alongside the lovely Temple Pool, pictured above.

Temple Pool to Sheepwalks Lane
Temple Pool to Sheepwalks Lane

Start point: 52.4697 lat, -2.2581 long
End point: 52.4639 lat, -2.2667 long

Continue to walk through the wood and past some farm buildings on the left. At the end of the wood a stile takes you into a field and the path continues to another stile, which is easy to see on the other side of the field. Once over this stile the path divides and our route takes us right and up the valley.

Keep to the track in the middle of the field and again look right to see Enville Hall beautifully framed beyond Temple Pool. Pass through the gate posts and head towards the stile which is over to the left of the fence in front of you. The path you want goes over the stile and up to the left and over the hill. It is tempting to walk up the valley, but follow the path to the left, which is the route of this walk and the climb is not too steep. After a short climb there are good views of Kinver Edge to the left and the path comes to two gates in the corner of the field. One gate leads onto Sheepwalks Lane, but we want the gate to the right, or the stile next to it.

Sheepwalks Lane to Newhouse Farm
Sheepwalks Lane to Newhouse Farm

Start point: 52.4639 lat, -2.2667 long
End point: 52.4837 lat, -2.2835 long

The path now splits into two with one leading along the edge of the field and the route you want, leading up hill towards the woodland on the right. Like most areas of South Staffordshire, Buzzards are a common sight here and the area seems particularly appealing to Jays, those colourful members of the crow family of which I see many hereabouts.

As you climb this hill the views are stunning. The picture above doesn't do justice to the scenery. Behind you are the Lickey Hills, then Kinver Edge and moving right the Cotswalds in the distance, Great Malvern and then Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee.

A note of caution for dog walkers; the next mile or so is heavily grazed by sheep so it is advisable to leash dogs.

All the way up the hill there are way markers over towards the woodland. The path doesn't properly follow them until you reach the top of the hill, but they are needed as the track drops off to the left, but you want the way marker on top of the hill. The way marker on top of the hill points you over to the right of the small copse in front of you and as you walk towards the right hand side of the copse another way marker comes into view. Over to the right are views of Dudley and Sedgley.

Another way marker can easily be seen on the top of the hill guiding you to the left of the next small wood where there is yet another wooden way marker. Passing this copse the next marker post can be seen beneath you on the edge of the next hill. The path sweeps round left towards it and Halfpenny Green airport is ahead and to the right and the Wrekin straight ahead. In the distance and off to the left the Long Mynd and the Styper Stones can just about be made out.

In front of you at the bottom of the hill is a pool and this side of it a large Ash tree. Our path takes us to the left of the pool and there is a wooden stile and footbridge about 20 metres to the left of the Ash tree, erected by Stourbridge Ramblers.

Once over the footbridge the path emerges into a field and follows the right hand edge of the field and takes you up and over the hill. Continue along the edge of the field and then follow the field edge left and not through the gateway to the right, which has a no entry sign. Our path take us through the next gate where there are way markers. (NOTE: We have received a report that this gate and waymarkers may be missing now, perhaps it is just an opening instead, but the walker was not able to supply details. If in doubt, follow the live GPS map and if you are able to supply updated wording we would be very grateful).

Follow the edge of the field along the wood on your right. In the corner of the field the path dives down through the hedge and takes you along the inside edge of the wood. Eventually, the path comes to a stile on your left and crossing the stile takes you out of the wood and directly across a field to a clump of Horse Chestnut trees, beyond which can be seen a house. Follow the left hand side of the next field to the road.

Cross over the road and follow the way marker into the next field. Follow the right hand side of the field until you come to the narrowest part of the field where there is a corner on the opposite side. Cross the field to this corner and then as you hit it there is clearly a stile in the farthest corner on the same line as you are now travelling across the field.

The double stile takes you into another field and then right into the next field. The path crosses this field diagonally. As you enter the field stop and stand so that you are facing along the left hand side of the field. You need to head towards what is now the right hand diagonal corner.

On reaching this corner, the path dives down again through a hedge and over a stile. Walk along the edge of the copse you now find yourself in to the stile in the corner and onto the road.

Newhouse Farm to Morfe Lane

Start point: 52.4837 lat, -2.2835 long
End point: 52.4854 lat, -2.2667 long

Once onto the road turn left and 20 or so metres along there is a stile into the field on the right. Follow the left hand side of the field and then over another stile and then across the field to yet another stile by an Oak tree. Once again cross this stile and follow the left hand side of the field and then through a gap in the hedge into another field.

A little way along this field and on the left hand side is a stile into a wood. Cross the stile and turn right following the path through the wood to some ponds. At the end of the series of ponds turn right and on the first corner walk into the field on the left. Follow this field to the right, but don't go through the gate on the right into the adjacent field, but stay in this large field on the wide track passing a wood on the right. At the entrance to the next field there is an Oak tree with a way marker on it pointing to the left. Follow the edge of the field towards a small stand of Poplars and to the right of these is a stile into the next field.

The path crosses this field diagonally to a broken down gate in the far corner. Go through this gate and turn left following the field edge to the corner and then right along the next edge. Some thirty or so metres along is a stile on the left into the next field. Turn right and you are now on the Staffordshire Way and follow the edge of the field to Morfe Lane.

Morfe Lane to End
Morfe Lane to End

Start point: 52.4854 lat, -2.2667 long
End point: 52.4777 lat, -2.2575 long

Cross over Morfe Lane and then follow the path down the left hand side of the field past the wood and through the hedge into the wood. The path takes you through the wood, up and down steps and across a small wooden footbridge. The path emerges into a field and turns left along the fields edge with the wood on the left. The path crosses over two stiles and then along a very muddy path that slopes upwards and in wet weather can be running with water.

At the end of the path the route enters a very well kept private garden. It is essential to keep to the right hand side of these well manicured grounds and then pass through the ornate gate onto the A458 where we turn left.

This is a very fast road, but is the main route of the Staffordshire Way so local motorists are well used to ramblers. As soon as you can, cross the road into the car park of St Mary's church which is only hundred metres or so along the road.

Walk into the church yard to the right of the church where there is the remains of a Saxon cross. In the wall of the church yard to your right is a gate into a field. At the bottom of the field and over to the left is a gate. Pass through this gate and walk along the short track to the road. Turn left and a hundred metres or so along is the Cat inn car park where the walk finishes.

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1 responses to "Enville and the Sheepwalks"

Lovely walk great views , will be going back in the summer .

By Sweet on 2015-03-16 10:44:22

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