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|Saltwells Local Nature Reserve|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 28 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Dudley|
|This is a 3 mile circular walk that takes you from Saltwells Nature Reserve, past St Andrew's Church (not visited on this walk) and Lodge Farm Reservoir before returning to the Nature Reserve car park. The route follows the Sculpture Trail for a short distance, then leads onto the Murray Grey trail. There are a couple of nature boards on the route, one of which details the "bell pits", an unusual type of coal mine, and you will see several sculptures. The name "Murray Grey" refers to the breed of cattle that can occasionally be seen grazing in the field on the other side of the canal. |
You will need to negotiate one stile and a couple of kissing gates. Most of the paths are tarmac, but there are also a few across open grassland. There is a free car park at the start of the walk, however, there are no other amenities nearby (except a pub on the same road, The Saltwells Inn.)
The walk starts and finishes from the Saltwells Local Nature Reserve Car Park, south of Dudley. Turn off the A4036 onto Coppice Lane (which becomes Saltwells Road). Just past the bend (before the traffic lights), turn left into Saltwells Lane. The road looks like it's entering a trading estate. Continue straight for 250m, and the car park is straight ahead at the bend.
|Start to Hilltop|
Start point: 52.48 lat, -2.0991 long
There is a nature board at the entrance to the car park that details some of the history of the Nature Reserve.
|Hilltop to End|
Start point: 52.4916 lat, -2.0937 long
At the top of the hill, keep the trees on your left and follow the path through the grass. The trees to your left hide a view of Netherton Church. Continue on, straight down the hill, ignoring the paths to your right that lead back the way you came. Towards the bottom of the hill, there's a waymarker - turn left towards the school playing fields here.
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