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Trescott Round

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Trescott Round
Author: djhampton, Published: 26 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Staffordshire,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Trescott 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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A lovely walk through South Staffordshire farmland ustilising footpaths, farm tracks and bridleways with a short distance along a country lane. Part of the route uses the Staffordshire Way and another part follows the Monarch's Way. All of the footpaths are well marked and there are a lot of good quality steel 'kissing' gates and a few stiles. Much of the route follows long paths with little chance of mistakes.

The walk offers views of Perton ridge, Castlecroft and some of the higher parts of the south westerly side of Wolverhampton. To the west the Clee Hills can be seen.

Arriva bus 890 serves Trescott, but there are any number of places where a car can be parked on the route. I always park by Trescott ford, just off the Bridgnorth road in Furnace Grange Road.

Nearby post code WV4 4XL

OS Explorer 219

OS Reference SJ853972

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Walk Sections

Start to Trescott Grange
Start to Trescott Grange

Start point: 52.5723 lat, -2.2185 long
End point: 52.5683 lat, -2.2223 long

This is a circular walk that can be joined anywhere along the route but for the sake of expediency I'm starting from Trescott ford in Furnace Grange Road.

From the ford walk away from the A454 Bridgnorth Road up the gentle slope and round the corner to the right. After one hundred and fifty metres or so there is a stile into the field on the right next to a large oak tree. The path is very clear across the field and passes some ruins ending in a stile. Cross over the stile, turn left and walk up the hill, through the metal gate and past Trescott Grange farm on your right.

Trescott Grange to end of horse paddocks
Trescott Grange to end of horse paddocks

Start point: 52.5683 lat, -2.2223 long
End point: 52.5592 lat, -2.2331 long

Just after the farm buildings there is a steel gate on the right. Go through this gate and follow the path across the field towards the two pylons ahead of you. According to the map the path hits the field boundary to the left of the pylons, but in fact it doesn't, so go through the gate at the foot of the pylons. The path now goes straight across the field towards the oak tree which stands between the brick farm building and the green building. This is now the Staffordshire Way.

Once at the foot of the oak tree you will find yourself on a track. Turn left and follow the line of the buildings keeping them on your right. About one hundred metres along is a farm house on the right and just past the farm house is a footpath sign taking you off to the right. Walk along this path past a beech tree and into a field. The footpath now cuts diagonally across the field to the left, but it is difficult to follow particularly if there is a crop in the field. There is in fact a farm track which goes straight down the field so I generally follow this and when it hits the track at the bottom, turn left along this farm track. As you walk along this track you will come to a stile on your left and if you look left you will see another stile. Cross the field to this stile and cross over it into the field. This is area is now horse paddocks and there are electric fences to the left, but the route is easy to follow.

At the end of the horse paddocks there is a stile that cuts across a very small piece of land with a stile at the other end. Cross over this second stile into a farm yard and then almost straight ahead of you is a gate. Go through this and turn left onto the track.

End of horse paddocks to Furnace Grange
End of horse paddocks to Furnace Grange

Start point: 52.5592 lat, -2.2331 long
End point: 52.5668 lat, -2.2307 long

Turning left takes you off the Staffordshire Way and along a broad farm lane. After about four hundred metres there is a low brick and white wood building on the right with barbed wire around it. On the left of the path is a gate with a way marker; go through this gate and opposite you is another gate. Once through this gate you need to travel diagonally right across the field to a gate in the opposite corner. Follow the path up the right hand side of the field through another steel gate and then straight across the middle of the next field. This path is always well trodden and brings you out at the corner of a road by a glacial rock.

Once on the road turn right but travel down the farm track, not along the road. Walk past the pleasant white farmhouse on your right and back down to the farm yard where you were earlier. Make your way back to the point that you joined this track by the oak tree. You are now back on the Staffordshire Way which we will follow for about two kilometres.

Furnace Grange to Trescott
Furnace Grange to Trescott

Start point: 52.5668 lat, -2.2307 long
End point: 52.5712 lat, -2.2268 long

Once at the oak tree walk past it and over the bridge crossing Smestow Brook. Kingfishers are plentiful along the brook and I often see a flash of blue here as one flies through.

As you cross the bridge there is a hedge to your right and the path follows this hedge so you have the hedge on your left and Smestow Brook on your right. As you get to the corner of the field the path goes up to the left and into the next field where there is a good way marker. Follow the path right and up the hill keeping the hedge on your right and then around the left hand side of the cottage and so to the A454 at Trescott hamlet.

Walk through the hamlet and look out for a way marker on the other side of the road, which you need to follow.

Trescott to Monarch's Way
Trescott to Monarch's Way

Start point: 52.5712 lat, -2.2268 long
End point: 52.5861 lat, -2.2329 long

This part of the walk is very easy to follow as it traces the route of the Staffordshire Way and then the Monarch's Way.

Walk up Shop Lane towards Great Moor and then follow the track and keep walking for about a kilometre, past a track coming in from the left and towards a wood. Don't go into the wood, but follow the wood's edge left, keeping the wood on your right. Continue to follow the path round the wood, over a wooden footbridge across a stream and then again follow the edge of the wood keeping it on your right. This is a beautifully remote spot with Buzzards, Herons and Green Woodpeckers and on a fine summer's day makes a wonderful place for a picnic.

As the path reaches the wood there are two steel gates with a stile besides them and beyond them, in the wood, some way markers.

Turn right and you are now on the Monarch's Way.

Monarch's Way to End
Monarch's Way to End

Start point: 52.5861 lat, -2.2329 long
End point: 52.5723 lat, -2.2182 long

Follow the track to a huge field and continue along the track through the field with Perton Ridge to your right. Continue past Freehold Wood on your right To the corner of the field where there is a double telegraph post and over to the right is a white house. There is a gap in the hedge to the right and you need to go through this into the field beyond, but sort of straight ahead.

Follow the path up the left hand side of the field until you hit a large farm track, which takes you back to the A454 opposite Trescott ford. Turn left and then immediately right across the ford using the footbridge on the right.

Your walk is now complete.

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