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Kingsford to Coldridge Wood Circular

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Kingsford to Coldridge Wood Circular
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 18 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 UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Worcestershire, Kingsford
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Kingsford to Coldridge Wood Circular
Length: 6 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 6 mile circular walk that takes you from Kingsford Forest Park through lanes and byways to Coldridge Wood before returning to the start via the grounds of Bodenham Arboretum. It encompasses views of the local countryside and quiet lanes alongside and through fields. Several sections take you through woodland and past a couple of pools. Allow 2 to 3 hours to complete the walk.

Some sections of the walk take place on tarmac country roads, others take place through fields. Stout footwear is essential. There is a steep ascent and later a steep descent. Both have wooden steps in place to assist. You will also need to negotiate several kissing gates and stiles. There are disabled toilets available at the start of the walk, and also free parking. There is a waymarked walk available from the car park that is suitable for wheelchairs - the Robin Trail. There are also picnic areas here.

By car: Kingsford Forest Park is located about a mile away from Kinver Edge. There are two car parks located at either end of the park, choose the one located in Kingsford Lane. The car park is free and open from 8AM daily, closing times vary. There is also off road parking nearby.

Approximate postcode: DY11 5SB.

By bus: The 580 from Kidderminster - Kinver travels along Kingsford Lane past the car park. See travelinemidlands.co.uk for details.

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Walk Sections

Start to Tree Seat
Start to Tree Seat

Start point: 52.4364 lat, -2.2604 long
End point: 52.4423 lat, -2.2842 long

Depart the car park and turn right along Kingsford Lane. After 450m, turn right onto Castle Hill Lane. Follow this for 350m then just past the sandstone outcrop, continue straight along the track, passing Sheepwash Lane on your right. After 600m, Castle Hill will fork back down to the left. Take the path through the metal gates on the right.

After 100m, go through the wooden gate into the field. Cross the field and then go through the gate on the far side. Just after the gate there is a pond on the left. At the path, bear left and follow the track as it gently ascends the hill for 900m. There are views of the countryside and arable fields along this section.

At the waypoint, there is a tree that offers the perfect seat for resting and admiring the view.

Tree Seat to Arley Wood
Tree Seat to Arley Wood

Start point: 52.4423 lat, -2.2842 long
End point: 52.4377 lat, -2.2952 long

As you continue, the track will continue to ascend for a short while, then slowly descend again. After 400m, go past the large black gate on your right and continue on to the gravel path. Continue on for 100m, then at the join with the other gravel path, turn left, back down through the woodland.

Follow this well maintained path down the hill, through the woodland. Go past the sign that says Wyre Forest, Shatterford Wood. Follow this path for a kilometre, down the hill. At the second bend at the bottom of the hill, look for the fingerpost on the right with the blue arrows.

Arley Wood to Bottom Pool
Arley Wood to Bottom Pool

Start point: 52.4377 lat, -2.2952 long
End point: 52.432 lat, -2.2869 long

Follow the footpath into the woods. The path ascends into the woods, eventually following a trail alongside metal pig fencing before slowly descending again towards some farm buildings after 700m.

When the farm buildings come into view, take the path on the left, keeping within the tree line, just before the fence. It is signposted with a yellow arrow and there are a few wooden steps leading down. The path wends its way through the woods for a couple of hundred metres, before coming to a stile. Take care, as the ground here is uneven.

After crossing the stile, follow the field boundary, keeping the tree line on your left. Head downhill, then go through the pinch gate. The path is fingerposted. Go over the bridge, then ascend the steep flight of steps. At the top, cross the track to the stile visible on the hill.

After crossing the stile, head up the hill, bearing left around the trees. Head down the other side towards the metal kissing gate.

Bottom Pool to Sladd Lane
Bottom Pool to Sladd Lane

Start point: 52.432 lat, -2.2869 long
End point: 52.4233 lat, -2.2736 long

Stay this side of the kissing gate and head onto the dirt track, heading uphill towards the large metal gate. Go through the metal kissing gate on the left and head uphill, passing Spencer Covert on the right. Continue on, over the cattle grid, then bear left in front of the animal pens.

After 150m, take the kissing gate on the left. Follow the gravel path, then go through the gate. Head down the hill and take the path left, passing along the Five Pool Walk. At the end, take the sharp right over the stile and head into the woods.

Follow the path round for 270m, then take the path on the left at the post with the two yellow arrows. Follow this path for 430m, round to the right at the polytunnel. At the junction with the tarmac road, turn left and follow it for 230m to Sladd Lane.

Sladd Lane to Solcum Lane
Sladd Lane to Solcum Lane

Start point: 52.4233 lat, -2.2736 long
End point: 52.4265 lat, -2.2559 long

Turn left along Sladd Lane, using the footpath on the far side of the road. Follow the road round, and at the junction with Drakelow Lane, continue straight on past the houses on the right. Follow the path for 600m through the trees, as it ascends the hill. Continue on, and you will suddenly emerge alongside a house.

Keep to the left of the red brick wall and walk onto the road. Follow this for 320m onto Solcum Lane. The fingerpost on the far side of the bend points the way forward.

Solcum Lane to End
Solcum Lane to End

Start point: 52.4265 lat, -2.2559 long
End point: 52.4359 lat, -2.26 long

Go through the metal kissing gate and cross the field to the stile. After crossing the stile, take the steep flight of steps down into Blakeshall Wood. Go past the green bar gate, cross straight over the track that runs parallel to the gate and continue along through the pinch gap, marked with yellow arrows.

Follow this trail to the next pinch gap. Go through this, then follow the track that leads ahead, following the yellow arrow. Keep an eye out for mountain bikers along here. Follow the path slightly downhill, and you will come to a clearing. Cross this and turn right along the road. The car park is visible on the left.

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