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Baggeridge Circular Trail

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Baggeridge Circular Trail
Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 08 Mar 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Staffordshire, Baggeridge
Walk Type: Woodland
Baggeridge Circular Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: 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 1.5 mile circular walk around Baggeridge Woods. This walk takes you from the car park at Baggeridge, through the deciduous woodland nearby, past several pools before returning to the car park via the pit mounds. Along the walk you will see Baggeridge Woods, the Wishing Pools located in Baggeridge Park, Whites Wood, Lydiates Wood and Bag Pool.

This walk affords views of the surrounding areas, fields, ponds and woodland. It is quite close to the historic Himley Hall, although you will not visit it on this walk. The park has been awarded the Green Flag Award for thirteen consecutive years, and has a picnic area available. There is a tea shop, a children's play area, a miniature railway, a sensory garden and disabled toilets. Other nearby attractions include Penn Common and Himley Hall & Park. You may wish to bring some bird food to place on the bird table at the first waypoint and adjacent to the car park, as many species of birds visit both sites.

The walk is along well maintained paths for the most part. There are some steep downhill gradients, but the return route has more shallow slopes. The route can also be quite muddy in parts. There are no stiles or steps on this walk. It will take approximately 1 hour.

Baggeridge Country Park is located just west of Gospel End, on the A463. Leave the roundabout on the A449, signposted Baggeridge Country Park. Alternatively, take the A463 from the nearby town of Sedgley. The entrance is clearly signposted. Drive down through the woods for about 300 yards, where you'll find a pay and display car park - 1hr is £1.60, full day is £2.60 (correct as of March 2015).

Telephone number: 01902 882605
Approximate postcode: DY3 4HB

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Walk Sections

Start to Bird Table
Start to Bird Table

Start point: 52.5348 lat, -2.1521 long
End point: 52.5285 lat, -2.1564 long

The walk starts at the lower car park. Go down the slope by the tea shop and your path will continue between the bird feeding station and the picnic area. Continue on for 200m, taking the second path on your left, just after the small copse of trees. Follow the path across the field and to the right for 300m, heading into the trees. Bear left and turn right at the junction by the bench.

Head down the hill, following the course of the path. At "Bill's Bench", turn right, keeping to the left-hand path over the bridge. Continue straight for 300m, taking the path on the right at the junction, towards the bridge over Spring Pool. Follow the path alongside Spring Pool. Where it joins the main path by the life buoy, bear sharply left.

Follow the signpost for Whites Wood and Straits, which directs you uphill. After 100m, there is a wooden bench by a wooden gate. On top of the post at the right-hand side of the gate is a bird table. Many species of birds come here to feed, including Nuthatches and Great Tits.

Bird Table to End
Bird Table to End

Start point: 52.5285 lat, -2.1564 long
End point: 52.5348 lat, -2.1513 long

To continue, head further uphill towards the dismantled railway line. Bear right, following the path underneath the bridge. After 160m, at the junction, bear left, following the sign for 'Car Park'. Continue slightly uphill for 180m. At the junction by the wooden fence, you will see the Miner's Path on your right. Continue straight up the hill towards Lydiates Wood.

Continue straight, going past the orchard and pit mounds on your right. There is a nature board outlining the history of the pit mounds (they are huge mounds of spoil from the coal mines that the site is built on) and some details about the newts that can be found in the area.

Follow the concrete path downhill and round to the left past Bag Pool. Continue underneath the concrete railway bridge then head uphill. Enter the car park on your right, then walk back through to the start point on the left.

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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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