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Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail

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Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 08 Mar 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail Walking Guidestar0 Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail Walking Guidestar0 Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail Walking Guidestar0 Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail Walking Guidestar0 Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Kingsford
Walk Type: Woodland
Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail Walking Guide boot Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail Walking Guide boot Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail Walking Guide
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Kingsford Forest Park Green Trail takes you from the car park at Kingsford Forest Park, through deciduous and coniferous woodlands and across a small area of heath before returning you to the start point.

The walk offers some interesting views of the local countryside and takes you through a variety of habitats. There are several benches placed around the site and toilets are available at the start/end of the walk. Kinver is the nearest village, about 2 miles away.

The walk takes place in woodland over sandy soil, but parts of the route will be muddy during or after wet weather. There are also a couple of steep sections to navigate, parts of which will be a little difficult to traverse. There are no stiles or steps but there are a few kissing gates. Cattle are used for conservation grazing in one small section of heath so take care with dogs.The route is waymarked around the site - follow the green woodpecker symbol. It will take about an hour to complete.

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 Blakeshall
Start to Blakeshall

Start point: 52.4353 lat, -2.2601 long
End point: 52.4367 lat, -2.243 long

Leaving the car park, turn right and cross the road. After about 20m, there is a layby. Enter the park via the layby, and take the path on your right that leads through the pine trees. Be careful as you enter, as there is a mountain bike track that crosses the path. After about 200m, the woodland opens up into a clearing. Take the path on your left. Follow this as it heads up and around the slope. Continue past the bench on your right and go past the fence to the junction.

Take the path ahead of you that leads gently to the right, alongside the field. After 230m, you will arrive at another junction. Your path heads left through the trees, behind the large fallen tree. Take the closer of the two left-hand paths, not the one adjacent to the fence. Continue straight along this path for 350m until you arrive at the junction with the bench.

Turn right here and head slightly downhill. At the next junction, bear left and follow the path along the rear of the sawmill. Continue straight for 150m, then bear right and follow the curving path to Blakeshall car park. Here you will find a map of the site and a picnic area.

Blakeshall to End
Blakeshall to End

Start point: 52.4367 lat, -2.243 long
End point: 52.4354 lat, -2.2601 long

On leaving Blakeshall car park, retrace your footsteps along the curving path, then bear right at the junction. Head up past the section that has been cleared of trees, then bear right at the junction, away from the coniferous woodland. After 80m, by the gate, bear left and walk slightly uphill to the large signpost at the base of the tree. Directly to your right is Kinver Edge, but your path leads left. Keep an eye out for some spectacular views on your right as you walk.

Continue along for 150m until you arrive at the bench and metal kissing gate. Follow the path through the gate and down the hill, taking care along this section. Follow the path downhill, then take the left-hand path over the sandstone at the waymarker. Continue down the hill, then take the metal kissing gate on the left. Immediately turn right, then take the wooden kissing gate in front of you.

You are now entering the area of managed heathland. At certain times of the year, cattle may be grazing in this area to help maintain it. There is a nature board near to the gate detailing some of the local wildlife. Continue straight down the hill, following the path worn through the grass, to the gate at the far side. Go through the gate, then turn left. Continue on for 120m and you will arrive back at the start point.

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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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