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Sandwell Valley: Forge Mill Circular Trail

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Sandwell Valley: Forge Mill Circular Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 30 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
West Midlands, Sandwell Valley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Sandwell Valley: Forge Mill Circular Trail
Length: 3 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 3 mile circular walk set in Sandwell Valley. It takes you from the RSPB reserve on the site, past the northern side of Forge Mill lake, through Forge Mill Farm and its associated fields before returning to the RSPB reserve via the southern side of the lake. The walk offers views of the lake, access to Forge Mill Farm, where you can meet the animals, a stroll through a small wood and views of the River Tame. There are a lot of birds on the lake and a variety of animals at the farm. During the summer and autumn, there is sometimes a maize maze at the farm, but you are advised to check before travelling.

The walk takes place on shallow gradients with well maintained footpaths for the most part. Some of the paths around the farm/through the woodland take place on grass, and may be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles or flights of steps on the walk, but there are several gates. Toilets are available at the farm during opening hours.

By Car: the reserve car park is located off Newton Road, A4041. Look for the brown signposts. Nearest postcode: B43 5AG

By Bus: The 54A stops nearby in Tanhouse Road, see diamondbuses.co.uk for details.

By Bicycle: National Route 5 is close by.

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Walk Sections

Start to Forge Mill Farm
Start to Forge Mill Farm

Start point: 52.5332 lat, -1.9504 long
End point: 52.5321 lat, -1.9593 long

Stand at the far end of the car park, with the visitor centre on your left, and your path heads downhill by the brown noticeboard. Follow the path down, past the black benches on your right, to the wooden walkway. Take the sharp right turn on the walkway and keep the lake on your left. Follow the path along until you come to the junction.

Turn left here, keeping the lake on your left and the River Tame on your right. Walk along then take the bridge over the Tame on your right. Walk straight ahead and enter the car park. Turn right, walk straight ahead and go through the black archway with the sign for Forge Mill Farm.

Forge Mill Farm to River Tame
Forge Mill Farm to River Tame

Start point: 52.5321 lat, -1.9593 long
End point: 52.5314 lat, -1.9581 long

Follow the path into the picnic/seating area, then walk straight ahead through the farmyard. You may wish to have a look at some of the animals that can be seen here. Continue straight and go through the entrance in the green fencing. There is a nature board here showing you a map of the trail.

Walk up through the trees, keeping the fields to your left and the River Tame to your right. Continue on to the bench, where the path turns left. Continue on, then turn left again into the woodland. The path meanders slightly here, but continue on until you reach the fence. Turn left here, keeping the fence and field on your right, then turn right at the corner, keeping the fence on your left.

Continue on and go through the two wooden gates. Walk back towards the farm and re-enter the farmyard. Turn right and retrace your steps back through the car park. At the bridge over the Tame, turn right.

River Tame to End
River Tame to End

Start point: 52.5314 lat, -1.9581 long
End point: 52.5333 lat, -1.9502 long

After crossing the bridge, turn right and follow the path around the southern side of the lake, keeping it on your left and the river on your right. Continue on for a while, keeping an eye out for the birds that live and breed on the lake. At the black fencing, keep left.

Follow the path round to the left, keeping to the right at the junction with the signpost marked 'Wheelchair Access'. Follow the path uphill, past the green gateway, until you reach the access road. Turn left here and walk uphill until you reach the visitor centre. Your walk ends 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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