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Cotwall End Valley Trail

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Cotwall End Valley Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 15 May 2014 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
West Midlands, Sedgley
Walk Type: Woodland
Cotwall End Valley Trail
Length: 2 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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This is a 2 mile circular walk round Cotwall End Valley, which is between Sedgley and Gornal in the West Midlands. The route follows a path through grassy fields & woodland and for the latter part runs alongside a brook. The route is set in quiet countryside. Brockswood Animal Sanctuary is very nearby, 350m away in Catholic Lane.

Parts of this route are extremely muddy and there is some climbing over low barriers involved. There are also 4 flights of steps. The route up until the first waypoint is easily accessible, with only one flight of steps. There are no toilets nearby.

The walk starts from a small lay-by car park on Cotwall End Road, which is accessible from the A463, Gospel End Road. The nearest town is Sedgley. The nearest bus route is the #27 Wolverhampton - Dudley, see nxbus.co.uk for timetable.

Approximate postcode: DY3 3YE, note that the car park is 350m away from this point in Cotwall End Road.

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Walk Sections

Start to Turners Hill Wood
Start to Turners Hill Wood

Start point: 52.5322 lat, -2.131 long
End point: 52.524 lat, -2.1368 long

After parking in the layby, walk into the Nature Reserve via the path. Take the path through the grass straight ahead, not the vehicular path that leads off to the right. Walk through the field, through the squeeze stile in the trees and then emerge into another field. The path veers to the right slightly, between the two banks of trees, before turning left again.

This field and the previous one are managed hay meadows. The second field is known as Rush Leasow.

Follow the path between the banks of trees and up the steps onto the Coach Road. Lime and Beech trees can be seen along this footpath, which used to provide access to the nearby Ellowes Hall. The road eventually comes to an access point on the left, where it curves to the right past Sugarwell Pond. The pond gets its name from the particularly sweet spring water that flows into it. It is not suggested that the water be drunk!

The path continues to the right, past a green fence on your left. Water flows in a small brook from the Sugarwell Pond through the trees to the right. At various points, it can be seen and heard through the trees. The route eventually passes through a glade of Horse Chestnut trees, before continuing on to Turner's Hill Wood. Several paths join and leave the main path, but stick to the main track.

Not long after entering Turner's Hill Wood, an outcropping of stone can be seen. Several kinds of rocks are endemic to the area, including Gornal Sandstone, Ludlow Bone Bed and Sedgley Limestone. The area was quarried extensively for them, as well as Staffordshire Thick Coal, a seam of which was found 75m below the surface.

A nature board is provided about 30m on from this point. It details more of the local region's geology. At the fork in the path, take the right hand route.

Turners Hill Wood to Car Park
Turners Hill Wood to Car Park

Start point: 52.524 lat, -2.1368 long
End point: 52.5321 lat, -2.1309 long

From this point on, the route can be quite muddy. It follows Bob's Brook quite closely, which takes it's name from the "bob holes", a series of shallow pits that were dug during a miner's strike in 1926.

The path heads into the woodland, where it splits into two - take the right fork. It is clearly delineated, but as previously mentioned, is quite muddy in parts. Stay on the path, do not take the steps up the hill to the right. The path continues for about 900m before ascending reasonably steeply. At the top, it forks - head to the left.

The path now leads alongside a paddock on the right, before bringing you via a green cut-through back to the entrance driveway where your walk began.

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