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Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trail

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Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 27 Mar 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trailstar0 Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trailstar0 Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trailstar0 Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trailstar0 Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trail
West Midlands, Sandwell Valley
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trail boot Sandwell Valley: Sot's Hole Circular Trail
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This is a 2.5 mile circular trail that takes you from Sandwell Park Farm to Sot's Hole Local Nature Reserve (LNR) before returning to the farm. The walk takes place along quiet footpaths through fields and woodlands. This is an excellent Spring walk, as Sot's Hole is known for its bluebells.

The route follows a reasonably clear path for its entire length. Some of it is tarmac, some of it is grass and some gravel/compacted soil. The gradients are very shallow, though there is a single flight of steps. There are also a few kissing gates. A couple of short sections take place next to a road. 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.

By Bus: The nearest bus stop is a 10 minute walk away on Seagar Street. The 45 bus stops here regularly. See nxbus.co.uk for details. Walk along Lloyd Street, taking a right onto Salters Lane and follow the brown signs.

By Train: the nearest station is Hamstead. It is a three mile walk to the farm from here.

By Metro: the nearest Metro station is West Bromwich Central. From the station, head right along West Bromwich Ringway then follow Bull Street to Herbert Street. Walk northeast through Dartmouth Park, then turn right onto Salters Lane.

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Walk Sections

Start to Sot's Hole
Start to Sot's Hole

Start point: 52.5208 lat, -1.974 long
End point: 52.5272 lat, -1.9846 long

Your trail starts in the car park by the farm. Take the path at the end of the car park, with the farm on your right. Bear right towards the trees, keeping the paddock with the donkeys on your right. Follow the path through the trees, then bear right. Take the immediate left over the stream and head towards the metal cattle gate. Follow the path to Salters Lane, noticing the brown "Grassland" nature board on the way.

Turn left along Salters Lane for 300m, then turn right onto the grass path where the hedgerow ends. Keep the metal fence on your right and continue for a further 300m. When the track meets the tarmac, turn left. Walk uphill, then take the first turning on the right. After a short distance, take the first left, keeping the school on your right.

Go through the two wooden kissing gates and you will emerge into a car park. Walk across the car park then turn left towards the main road, Dagger Lane. Turn right here, and walk downhill to the decorated metal gate that marks the entrance to Sot's Hole.

Sot's Hole to End
Sot's Hole to End

Start point: 52.5272 lat, -1.9846 long
End point: 52.521 lat, -1.9741 long

Sot's Hole Local Nature Reserve is located on a geological fault line and evidence of Bronze Age activity has been found here. The origin of its unusual name is unclear, though there is historical evidence of a public house being present very close to the site that had an alcoholic barman. A nature board at the entrance to the site details more of the site's history and ecology.

After passing through the metal kissing gate, follow the Bluebell Walk, directed via the beautifully carved wooden statuary. After a short while, you'll see the flight of steps leading uphill and another carved sign saying Country Park. Take the flight of steps, then turn left at the top. This section affords you a view down into the valley on your left. Follow the path along the ridge, then down towards a stile.

At the stile, turn left and follow the field boundary. Turn right after a short distance, then right again, keeping the fence on your right. Continue along for 330m, keeping the metal fence on your right and the trees on your left. Enter the next field, keeping the boundary on your right, and walk straight ahead for 110m, crossing the stream, until you reach a stile.

At the stile, bear left again and follow the path over a bridge across a stream. Turn right immediately after the bridge, following the gravel path parallel to the M5. Continue straight until you reach Salters Lane. Turn right here, then take the first left. Follow the tarmac path past the paddock on your left, before turning left into the trees. Turn right at the junction and follow the path to the car park. Your walk terminates here.

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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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