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|Orton Circular Trail|
|Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 01 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 3 mile circular walk around the roads and woods of Orton, near Wolverhampton. The route heads out along the disused South Staffs Railway Line, then follows roads and woodland tracks, before returning to base via several fields. Points of interest include Orton House, a Grade II listed building from the Georgian period, and Ladywell Wood which takes its name from a well that can be found in the wood (although this is not be visited on the trail). |
There are quite a few stiles and kissing gates along the route, and parts of it are somewhat overgrown. Waterproof trousers are recommended. Some of the tracks can get muddy in wet weather. The route is covered by OS map 219.There is a cafe, The Railway Cafe, at the start/finish of the walk (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays). Allow 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
The walk starts and finishes from the Railway Walk Car Park off Bratch Lane in Wombourne. Turn off the A449 onto Billy Buns Lane, then keep left onto Bratch Lane. Take the turning on the right immediately preceding the railway bridge, opposite Station Road. A sign at the entrance to the free car park details the closure times.
|Start to Orton Lane|
Start point: 52.5439 lat, -2.1928 long
Depart the car park via the black gate at the far end. Head onto the railway line, walking away from the café on your right. After a kilometre, cross Bridge 36 then take an immediate right onto Flash Lane. While walking, look to the right to see an outcrop of sandstone rock.
|Orton Lane to Ladywell Wood|
Start point: 52.5536 lat, -2.1925 long
After crossing the stile, turn left along Orton Lane. After 75m, cross the stile left into the field. (Note: The stile is hidden slightly in the hedge, just past the tree - if you get to the gate, you've gone too far). Head across the field between the two banks of trees, Blazebank on your left and Nut Tree Coppice on your right. The path curves round to the left at the far end of the field, by the white house on the hill.
|Ladywell Wood to End|
Start point: 52.5472 lat, -2.1864 long
On entering the wood, take the path immediately on the right. Sections of the route here can be difficult to traverse, especially in wet weather. Follow the path downwards through the wood and onto Orton Lane. Turn right and walk 60m up the road, before crossing over to turn left (through the gate to the right of the last house).
|Image by: AnnSmalley |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
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