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Seisdon and Trysull Round

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Seisdon and Trysull Round
Author: djhampton, Published: 28 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: Footpaths and byways
Seisdon and Trysull Round
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This is one of the nicest walks that I know of in South Staffordshire visiting two of its prettiest villages. The walk uses long, easy to follow footpaths, bridleways and farm tracks with two very short stretches along roads. There are several stiles and gates along the route and a few fields have horses, but most of the fields are arable and there is generally little livestock to worry about.

The route crosses Smestow Brook in several places and there are good views across the South Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside and across to Wolverhampton, Sedgley and Dudley and Kinver Edge too.

Arriva bus services 584, 585, 588 all run through Seisdon and details of times can be found on the Arriva website. Alternatively, the village is a short and pleasant drive from Wolverhampton. To reach the village leave Wolverhampton on the Bridgnorth road, the A454 and turn left at the Fox Inn following the signpost to Seisdon.

Parking in the village is a little limited, although there is a small car park next to the shops in the village and there is a pub currently being refurbished which has a large car park. I often park in the residential streets and have had no problems to date.

Nearest post code WV5 7HD

OS Explorer 219

OS Reference SJ836947

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Walk Sections

Start to Foxlands
Start to Foxlands

Start point: 52.5508 lat, -2.2383 long
End point: 52.5589 lat, -2.2559 long

Park in Seisdon and walk north east through the village towards Lower Penn. Just before the road narrows over Smestow Brook you pass Seisdon Road on the right which takes you to Trysull and Wombourne. Just after Seisdon Road and on the left is the beginning of your footpath, which looks like a narrow alleyway between the houses, but it is well signposted and hard to miss.

Follow this track to a residential road, cross over the road and rejoin the footpath on the other side. The path now passes the back of residential properties on the left and houses on the right through a kissing gate, down some steps and into an open field. Follow the path along the right hand side of the field past the high hedge and Semstow Brook on the right and an open field on the left. This path is very easy to follow so pass through two more gates and two more fields and then eventually through a final gate onto a country lane.

On the country lane turn right and at the first corner where there is a small brick bridge turn left along a track and then just before the first house on the left, turn left through a gate and along a track to a stile. Over the stile follow the path along the right hand side of the field along the hedgerow and over another stile through a field and then another stile into a large field.

As you look across this field there is a farm building to your left and scanning right there is one large tree which breaks the horizon, then another and then a large clump of trees which is what you need to head for. As you approach this clump you will see, about twenty metres or so from the corner of the field a well hidden stile. Cross over the stile, turn right on the track and then at the end of the track go over the stile by the ruined gates and turn left into the field walking up its left hand edge. At the end of the field you join a track, but just where the track turns sharp left you need to go straight ahead. It looks an unlikely route to be fair, but it is the correct way struggling up a little bank and then fighting your way along the edge of the houses until you emerge onto a track next to Blakeley Pool Farm. Follow the track left to the road.

You emerge onto Fox Road, which is a broadish country lane and very straight so cars do race along it. Turn right and then immediately left into Foxlands where the bridleway is signed.

Foxlands to Tinker's Castle
Foxlands to Tinker's Castle

Start point: 52.5589 lat, -2.2559 long
End point: 52.5466 lat, -2.2623 long

This next stretch of the walk is very easy to follow and well signposted. Follow the path through the farm buildings to a gate into a field. Walk through the field and through the next gate into another field. Almost directly opposite you there is a gate on the other side of the field, slightly off to the left, so if there is a crop in the field head straight across, because the gate may be obscured.

On the other side of the gate is a concrete farm track. A note of caution here. Older maps show the path going straight across this track and up the middle of the field opposite, but the footpath route has been legally changed with a new route shown on the 'Definitive Map' on Staffordshire County Council's website.

To find the new route walk left along the concrete track to the end and find the metal gate on the right which takes you up a very broad tract of land to the left hand side of the field. At the top of the field the path turns right alongside a wood and then left, again alongside the wood, known as Moat Rough to Wolmore Lane. Turn left along Wolmore Lane, which is a private farm road with a bridleway along it and continue past where the Staffordshire Way comes in from the left, until Wolmore Lane ends on Tinker's Castle Road at Wilderhope.

Turn right along Tinker's Castle Road walking for about a kilometre and as you reach the house known as Tinker's Castle at the top of the hill there is a path turning up the left hand side of the house. It is well marked as it is part of the Staffordshire Way.

Tinker's Castle to Trysull Village
Tinker's Castle to Trysull Village

Start point: 52.5466 lat, -2.2623 long
End point: 52.5413 lat, -2.2238 long

Follow the path alongside the crenelated house's left hand boundary and the path now carries on along Abbot's Castle Hill giving excellent views off to the left. After nearly two kilometres the path joins the very busy B4176 and crosses over the road to continue along the Staffordshire Way. However, you leave the Staffordshire Way here and instead of crossing the road you walk for about twenty metres along the road to the left and then cross over the stile into the field on the left.

Cross the field along the path and over the stile on the other side, across a footbridge to a lane, which you cross. There are two fields ahead of you and you need the one on the left, walking up the right hand side of it. At the end of this field turn right and then walk up the right hand side of the next field. The path eventually becomes a lane between two hedges and just as the houses come into view there is a gap in the hedge to the left, which is the path that you need to take.

Walk along this next field and then the next one keeping to the right hand side of both and then over a stile and into the edge of Trysull at the green.

Trysull Village to End
Trysull Village to End

Start point: 52.5413 lat, -2.2238 long
End point: 52.5508 lat, -2.2382 long

Once onto the road turn left towards Seisdon and Pattingham and walk along the road for about hundred metres and then turn right into a field through a gate. The path takes you across the field, through a gate next to house with a large conservatory and then alongside some old farm buildings through a couple of gates to another road.

Once on the road turn left and then after one hundred metres or so and after the sign for Trysull there is a path to the right crossing over Smestow Brook. Take this path through the metal gate across the field and through another wooden gate by a Horse Chestnut tree and across a field then through a metal gate onto a lane known as Church Lane. Walk left along Church Lane until it meets a road and turn left back into Seisdon, over Smestow Brook once again and back into the village.

Your walk is now complete.

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