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Wrens Nest Yellow Trail

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Wrens Nest Yellow Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 15 Apr 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, Dudley
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Wrens Nest Yellow Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK 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 the large limestone outcrop known as the Wrens Nest in Dudley. It starts at the car park on Wrens Hill Road and follows footpaths around the site. The site itself is a former limestone quarry that has since been recovered by nature. The walk offers some excellent views of limestone formations and outcrops and passes through broadleaved woodland. You may also be able to find fossils on the site, which you can take home with you. There are lots of context boards detailing the history of the area, which goes back 420 million years! This walk offers great views of several interesting geological formations on the site and also fantastic views across Dudley and the surrounding areas.

There are no stiles on the site but there are quite a few flights of steps, only some of which have handrails and there are a few cut-throughs with a step. Some of the paths are well maintained while others are less so. Some paths will be muddy and have uneven steps. The route is very well signposted throughout - look for the yellow trilobite symbol (it looks a bit like a woodlouse).

By car: The Wrens Nest is located on Wrens Hill Road, next to Mons Hill College. There is a small free car park, open until 4pm daily, next to The Caves public house. The site is approx a 5 minute drive from the A4123 and approx a 15 minute drive from J2 of the M5. Approximate post code DY1 3SB.

By bus: The X96 bus departs Dudley bus station every 20 minutes, stopping at nearby Wrens Nest Road.

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Start to The XX Steps
Start to The XX Steps

Start point: 52.5278 lat, -2.0958 long
End point: 52.5214 lat, -2.0939 long

Your walk starts next to the car park, by the green gate. Go through the cut-through and follow the gravel path past the ripple beds. These rocks were once the bottom of a shallow sea, but they've been uplifted by geological activity. At the first junction, turn left, then bear right to view the context board entitled "Fossil Findings". Your path continues straight ahead, between the limestone outcrops. Look closely on the ground here and you might find a fossil. Continue through the quarry, noticing the metal Time Periscope as you pass. Climb the steps on the far side.

At the top, your path continues on the right. There is another context board here, entitled "Ripples Through Time". Continue to follow the path slightly uphill, making sure to view the context board "Seven Sisters - Fossils, Mining and Geology" that you will find down a short path on your right. Come back to the main path, then continue right, up the hill. As you walk along, you will see the entrances to the Seven Sisters mines on your right. There is a context board at the end of the mines, to the right of the path, called "Seven Sisters - Mining & Industrial Heritage".

Continue to follow the grey gravel path downhill, past this point, and to the left. Take the sharp right down the slope, then you will arrive at the view point. From here you can see views across Dudley. From this point you can see Dudley Castle, the University buidling and St James's Church which is known locally as "top church". This is because here is another church at the bottom of the high street, which is known locally as "bottom church". There is also a context board here, entitled "Murchisons Footsteps".

The XX Steps to End
The XX Steps to End

Start point: 52.5214 lat, -2.0939 long
End point: 52.5279 lat, -2.0957 long

Your path continues down the flight of steps. Called The Ninety-Nine Steps, local legend has it that nobody ever counts the same number twice. At the bottom, turn left. The paths along this section are less well-maintained than others. Your walk continues along the base of the old quarry. Limestone outcrops are visible along the rest of this route, most of which are quite tall.

Keep to the main path, continuing straight for as long as you can. When you come to the junction with the rock face directly ahead, with the path leading left and right, turn right. Head downhill for a short distance, then turn left towards the road. Go through the fence onto the road, then turn left. Walk back along the road, up the hill, then head straight down the other side past the pub to the car park.

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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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