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|Leasowes Park and Coombeswood Trail|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 26 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Halesowen|
|This is a 3 mile walk around the Coombes Wood area, following the canal, which then heads through Leasowes Wood and around the springs and pools there. The trail commences at the car park in Leasowes Park, heads across Mucklow Hill and along a track that parallels the canal, before heading up the hill to offer some views of the local area. It then descends gently back across Mucklow Hill, before entering Leasowes Wood and following a trail that explores the springs and ponds that have been created there. Allow an hour to an hour and a half for the walk. |
The Dudley canal was opened in 1779, connecting the Stourbridge and Birmingham canals. Hawne Basin, which can be seen on the other side of the canal was originally an interchange with the Great Western Railway. It is now a marina. Leasowes Park is Grade I listed and covers 58 hectares. A natural spring, passed during the later stages of the walk, runs through iron rich rocks and leaves a striking bright orange deposit behind. William Shenstone took over the site from his father in 1742 and engaged in extensive landscaping, creating the pools that are seen here today.
The walk takes place on a variety of surfaces - some of it tarmac, some of it through grassland. Small sections of it are likely to be muddy in wet weather, and some sections are pretty overgrown. There are a few gates and stiles, however these are not always in a good state of repair. A very short section of the walk takes place across the fairway of a golf course, so please take care here. There are information displays, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities at the rangers office. The car park is locked at night.
By car: Leasowes Park is located off the A458, Mucklow Hill. Take J3 off the M5, then right at the roundabout, right at the next roundabout, then go round the following roundabout by B&Q and come back down the hill.
|Start to Coombes Bridge|
Start point: 52.4541 lat, -2.0375 long
Before leaving the car park, check out the nature board to the left of the rangers office. This is the large green building. Turn right along Leasowes Lane, then left up the grassy path by the two houses. Go through the wooden gates and pass the memorial garden on your left. This has been planted with several old varieties of apple and pear trees. Continue through the gap onto Sylvan Grove.
|Coombes Bridge to Leasowes Wood|
Start point: 52.4606 lat, -2.0399 long
Pass Coombes Bridge and continue to follow the path. After this point, it is likely to be overgrown. Go up the flight of wooden steps and continue to ascend the hill. Head up towards the green fencing visible at the top, where you will meet a gravel path. Turn right along this, then after a short distance, take the path on the right through the trees.
|Leasowes Wood to End|
Start point: 52.4592 lat, -2.0338 long
After crossing the stile, notice the blue sign on the right warning you about golf balls. The path continues straight across the fairway and enters Leasowes Wood on the other side. Bear right, then take the path on the right. It will slowly descend through the trees, and eventually lead you to the springs. Several bridges and benches dot the area. The paths all eventually lead past the pond, so feel free to explore a little.
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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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