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|Black Country Volcano|
|Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 22 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Dudley|
|This is a 2 mile circular walk that follows a trail around Barrow Hill, near to Pensnett in the West Midlands. The site in question is the location of an ancient volcano (now extinct, thankfully), and there are several nature boards on the site that detail the area's history. The walk circumambulates the site and leads you to the cross atop the hill, which affords views of the surrounding area. The name 'Barrow' Hill comes from the two Bronze Age burial mounds found on the hill, which have since been lost to mining activities. |
The route encompasses woodland and footpaths, and also leads the walker past St Mark's Church. Parts of the route, between waypoints 1 and 2 are quite muddy, and there is some climbing of steps up to the cross. Expect to take 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.
Barrow Hill is located just off the A461. It is quite close to Russells Hall Hospital. The nearest motorway junction is J2 of the M5. The nearest bus route is the 222, see nxbus.co.uk for details. The car park is accessed from Merryfield Road. Approximate postcode: DY1 2PD
|Start to Pensnett Coppice|
Start point: 52.511 lat, -2.1194 long
There is a nature board by the entrance to the car park.
|Pensnett Coppice to Nature Board|
Start point: 52.5038 lat, -2.1309 long
Turn left off the railway walk, into the trees. Go through the field and enter the trees. This section of the walk can be very muddy with low growing trees. The path is not surfaced, but is generally quite clearly marked. Follow it uphill for about 300m, until it reaches the gravel path. Turn right here and head downhill.
|Nature Board to Cross|
Start point: 52.5016 lat, -2.1242 long
After viewing the nature board, retrace your steps and then follow the road up and to the right of the church. At the top of the road, veer right and take the gate towards the field.
|Cross to End|
Start point: 52.5044 lat, -2.1245 long
On leaving the cross, head down and take the left-hand steps down the hill. Follow this path down and to the left. After 900m, the views will open out across grazing land and ponds. In the distance, a disused colliery mill tower can be seen. The ponds are valuable to a wide range of wildlife, including great crested newts.
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