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|Wrens Nest Yellow Trail|
|Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 15 Apr 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Dudley|
|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.
|Start to The XX Steps|
Start point: 52.5278 lat, -2.0958 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.
|The XX Steps to End|
Start point: 52.5214 lat, -2.0939 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.
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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