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|Himley, Lydiates Hill and Baggeridge Trail|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 27 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Dudley|
|A 3.5 mile circular and fairly strenuous walk starting at Himley. The route leads through White's Wood, takes you up the Miner's Path, through Lydiates Wood, around the Bag Pool at Baggeridge, then back down along lesser known, steeper trails to Himley. It encompasses woodland and ponds/pools. It starts in Himley and goes through Baggeridge, returning to Himley at the end. Allow 2 to 3 hours for the walk. |
Certain parts of the walk are very steep and some are very muddy. There are some steps during the steep parts, but these are not always in good repair. This walk deliberately avoids the well known trails for the most part, so whilst this means it is often quiet, the paths are also not as well maintained. There are occasional benches. There are toilets available on the walk, at Himley and at Baggeridge. There is also a teashop available at Baggeridge.
Himley Hall and Park is 4 miles from Dudley town centre on the B4176 and approximately 6 miles from Wolverhampton off the A449. The 256 Wolverhampton - Stourbridge bus route runs quite nearby along the A449, see nxbus.co.uk for a timetable.
|Start to Whites Wood and Straits|
Start point: 52.5213 lat, -2.1642 long
Head NNE from the car park towards the bridge. Follow the path to your right with the stream on your left. Walk 450m along the tarmac footpath, then go through the green kissing gate by the trees. In front of you is Lower Wishing Pool. There is also a nature board detailing the types of flora and fauna that can be seen here. Follow the path to the right as it skirts around the edge of the pool. There are generally several species of duck on the pool, which people often feed. Through the trees to your right you will see Himley Golf Club. Follow the path up towards Upper Wishing Pool. At the junction between Lower Wishing Pool and Upper Wishing Pool, there is a small waterfall. The path splits here, continuing straight on around Upper Wishing Pool and diverging to the right to follow the boundary of the golf course. Take this right hand path.
|Whites Wood and Straits to Lydiates Wood|
Start point: 52.5271 lat, -2.1582 long
Follow the path up through the trees. It can be quite muddy along here. After a couple of hundred metres, the path turns right and joins Himley Walkway, a wide track. Cross over this into the woods opposite, and go through the "bike jumps", a series of low mounds used for biking activities. The path through isn't clearly visible, but head straight on towards the fence and field visible on the far side.
|Lydiates Wood to Bag Pool|
Start point: 52.5301 lat, -2.1535 long
At the crossroads, turn right up the hill, then after 40 metres, turn off the well maintained footpath into the woods on the right, signposted Lydiates Wood. After this point, the route becomes quite steep and uneven. There are steps laid down, but they are in disrepair and care must be taken when ascending. On reaching the top of the hill, follow the path along the crest, through the woodland. Keep to the path, ignoring the left turn you will see. Eventually you will find a bench and some steep steps down. A handrail is provided. Again, parts of the route here can be muddy.
|Bag Pool to Steps|
Start point: 52.5344 lat, -2.1485 long
Follow the path with the Bag Pool on the left. The path goes underneath a bridge then heads uphill. At the top of the hill, turn right and walk onto the car park. Follow the car park round past the toilets. If you desire, visit the teashop here. Then follow the path back towards the fields, past the fence with the holes drilled in it, the other side of which are several bird tables. Keep to the path along the tree line, which will be on your right. Walk around the rim of the "bowl" of the Amphitheatre, keeping to the path. As you enter the woods again, take the short flight of steps on the right, then follow the path along to the next flight down. These steps are quite steep and are often muddy. Make good use of the handrail provided.
|Steps to End|
Start point: 52.5322 lat, -2.1542 long
At the bottom, turn right then follow the path until it splits into four. Take the second path that leads left, and follow it past the life buoy. Keep right and follow the path alongside the pools. This path can be very muddy but will offer you a closer view of the Island and Spring pools. Eventually, the path will rise up to the main footpath. Follow this footpath down past the Upper and Lower Wishing pools, then retrace your steps back to the car park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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