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Codsall to Chillington Hall Circular Trail

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Codsall to Chillington Hall Circular Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 10 Jun 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 UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Staffordshire, Codsall
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Codsall to Chillington Hall Circular Trail
Length: 7 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 7 mile circular walk, starting in Codsall village, heading out past Chillington Hall and then returning to Codsall. The trail encompasses views of fields and woodlands, and also takes you past Chillington Hall, a Grade I listed building. As this walk takes you through a few kinds of habitat, it is ideal for spotting flora and fauna. Kingfishers and Goldfinches have both been seen along this trail.

Large sections of the walk take place on tarmac roads, but there are some sections that can be extremely muddy so stout walking boots are essential. You may be sharing some of the fields with grazing animals. There are several stiles along the route and some parts (including one fairly long stretch) follow the edge of main roads that have no pavement, so take care of traffic.

By car: take the A41 from the M54, then follow Heath House Lane and Histons Hill into Codsall village. Free parking is available in the village, in a car park between Wolverhampton Road and Bakers Way.

By bus: The 5A bus departs from Wolverhampton bus station, see nxbus.co.uk for timetable.

Approximate postcode: WV8 1PT

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Walk Sections

Start to Whitehouse Lane
Start to Whitehouse Lane

Start point: 52.6312 lat, -2.2004 long
End point: 52.6382 lat, -2.1891 long

Depart the car park and cross the main road (Bakers Way) via the crossing, then head up Church Road towards St Nicholas C Of E Church. Continue on past the church, following the road round to the right, where it becomes Sandy Lane. At the next bend in the road, continue straight on along the track, leaving the road. After 300m, enter the fields.

There are three metal kissing gates to navigate, then a wooden stile. These are all within visible distance of one another as you cross the fields. After a couple of hundred metres, you will cross Moat Brook. Keep an eye out here for kingfishers.

There are three more stiles to navigate after the bridge. As you cross the fields, keep an eye out for animals and the electric fences that run alongside the route. On your left is a large pond with several species of ducks and geese. Cross the final stile onto Whitehouse Lane.

Whitehouse Lane to Big Wood
Whitehouse Lane to Big Wood

Start point: 52.6382 lat, -2.1891 long
End point: 52.6615 lat, -2.2105 long

After you cross the stile, turn left along Whitehouse Lane. Walk 100m then turn right along the gated bridleway, marked as a private road with access to Gunstone Farm.

The route follows tarmac paths now, for a while. The route takes you alongside hedgerows abutting fields and on a footbridge over the M54. After 1400m, go through the gate at the junction, then turn left. Follow this road for 2300m. Chillington Hall is visible on the left. This Grade I listed property was designed by Francis Smith in 1724 and the surrounding gardens and lake were landscaped by Capability Brown.

Continue on through Horse Paddock Wood, following the road around to the left. Not long after exiting the wood, keep an eye out for the turning into Big Wood on the left.

Big Wood to The Crown
Big Wood to The Crown

Start point: 52.6615 lat, -2.2105 long
End point: 52.6426 lat, -2.2243 long

Enter Big Wood via the wooden gate and follow the track. It runs for 1700m, the latter half of which is likely to be very muddy. About half way, the track will open up to a wide area on the right and a gateway on the left. Continue straight on, keeping the wall to your left. This section, as noted, can be very muddy and also overgrown.

At the metal gate at the end of the track, you will meet Offoxey Road. Turn left here and walk along the grass verge at the side of the road. This is a national speed limit road, so take care of the fast paced traffic. Walk along for 1400m, then take the turning on the left marked Whitehouse Lane. Follow this for 450m.

The Crown to Chillington Lane
The Crown to Chillington Lane

Start point: 52.6426 lat, -2.2243 long
End point: 52.6397 lat, -2.2097 long

At the junction with Church Lane, you have the option of calling in at the local pub. To visit the pub, The Crown, turn right down Church Lane, then return to this point later to continue the walk.

Continue on Whitehouse Lane for 280m, then take the stile on the right. It is hidden away in the trees on the right, just after the farm entrance. Cross the pastoral field, then take the next stile just a few metres ahead. Enter the arable field and follow the track, keeping to the hedgerow. Keep your eyes peeled for the next stile, as this one is also hidden away on the right hand side.

Cross the stile, then follow the path past the fishing pond. This path section is quite narrow and somewhat overgrown. You will emerge to the right of a gate onto an access lane. Continue on a short distance until you meet Chillington Lane.

Chillington Lane to End
Chillington Lane to End

Start point: 52.6397 lat, -2.2097 long
End point: 52.6309 lat, -2.1999 long

As you emerge onto Chillington Lane, the next section of the trail is slightly to your right. There is a gate leading to a field and two tracks to the right. Take the left hand of the two tracks, signposted Nursery Farm Cottage. Continue on for 250m, then take the stile to the right of the metal gate, just past the houses. In the distance you will see St Nicholas' Church, which you are heading towards.

Follow the trail between the fence and the hedge, which is likely to be overgrown. After 300m, cross the concrete bridge over Moat Brook and follow the track up the hill. Go through the metal kissing gate and continue on past the grave yard on your left.

Cross the road and enter the church yard via the two wooden gates. Walk round in front of the church, then exit down the stepped slope back onto Church Road. Follow the road back down to the car park.

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