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|Sandwell Valley: Priory Woods Trail|
|Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 23 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Sandwell Valley|
|This is a 3 mile circular walk that takes you from Sandwell Park Farm, via footpaths through woodland and by ponds, past the remains of Sandwell Priory and round Swan Pool before returning to the farm. On the walk you will see several ponds, woodland, the remains of a historic Benedictine priory, the sand well that the local area gets its name from, a small area of heathland and a large pool with its plentiful waterfowl. With walking, history and waterfowl, there is something for everyone here. |
The route follows a clear path for its entire length. Most of it is either tarmac or gravel, but there are a couple of sections that can be muddy. The gradients are very shallow and there are no stiles. There is a kissing gate, but you can take a short flight of steps instead if you prefer. There are no toilets on the walk, though there are some at Sandwell Park Farm (entrance charges apply).
By Car: Sandwell Park Farm is situated on Salters Lane, West Bromwich. The postcode is B71 4BG. It's quite close to J1 of the M5. There is free car parking available at the farm.
|Start to Park Lane Track|
Start point: 52.5208 lat, -1.9738 long
Depart the car park by the signboard for Priory Woods, near to the pretty brick building at the end of the car park. Follow the path through the woodland, keeping right at the fork. When you arrive at the steps on the right, your path leads sharply to the right, through the kissing gate. (Alternatively, you may wish to climb the flight of steps). Whichever you choose, follow the slope uphill and over the motorway.
|Park Lane Track to End|
Start point: 52.5202 lat, -1.9585 long
Turn left onto the grey gravel path, following it parallel to Park Lane on your right. The track passes the horse paddock on your left and crosses Salters Lane. Continue straight, following the path past Swan Pool meadow on your left. The path leads left after a while, heading straight for Swan Pool.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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