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|Woodgate Valley Country Park Trail|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 21 Apr 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Quinton|
|This is a 3 mile circular trail set in Woodgate Valley Country Park. The walk takes you along the length of the park, following the course of Bourne Brook. It encompasses sections through managed woodland along the side of a stream. The site has a variety of habitats, including woodland, wildflower meadow and the stream which the walk follows. Many species of bird can be seen here, and work is ongoing by local groups to increase the biodiversity of the area. The brook is a constant companion on this walk and is a further draw to wildlife.
The walk takes place on well managed footpaths along a very flat route. Although there are no impediments to access, such as stiles or gates, only the first section of the walk (to the bridge) may be suitable for wheelchairs. Later sections may be accessible at times depending on the state of the paths. There is a visitor centre and teashop on site, with disabled toilets. There are also wheelchair accessible picnic tables and a children's play area within the country park. Allow about an hour to complete the circuit. There are a couple of bridges across the brook that will allow you to shorten the route if necessary.
By Car: Woodgate Valley Country Park is located on Clapgate Lane, Birmingham. It is quite close to J3 of the M5 and has its own free car park. Approximate post code: B32 3DS.
|Start to Midpoint|
Start point: 52.4446 lat, -2.0091 long
Your walk commences next to the Visitor Centre. Stand with the centre on your right and walk straight ahead between the paddocks. Follow the cream-coloured gravel path slightly downhill until you arrive at the bridge. Turn right here and follow the clearly marked path with the brook on your left. For the most part, the path will be well maintained, but there may be sections that are muddy.
|Midpoint to End|
Start point: 52.4484 lat, -1.9782 long
After crossing the brook, turn left again and continue to follow the path, keeping the brook on your left. (NOTE: If you have shortened the walk by crossing one of the red bridges, simply turn left and continue with the brook on the left).
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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