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Walsall Arboretum

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Walsall Arboretum
Author: andyt2404, Published: 07 Jan 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 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,
Walk Type: Garden or park
Walsall Arboretum
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 2 mile circular walk around Walsall Arboretum. This route explores the arboretum which includes open parkland, picnic areas, play areas and Hatherton Lake. There is plenty of wildlife to see on the lake and in the surrounding woodland. There is also a visitor centre that is worth exploring, it also includes a cafe.

The route will take you along a mixture of tarmac surfaces and footpaths, parts of the route can be muddy, depending on the time of year. Approximate time 1 hour.

Exit M6 at junction 10 and follow all signs to Walsall, this will take you along Wolverhampton Road, Blue Lane which leads into the A4148. Carry along the A4148 up the hill (the arboretum will be on your left) this road is called Broadway North. The second turning on your left will be the entrance to the car park. This is a free car park. Approximate post code WS1 2QD.

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Walk Sections

Start to Pavilion
Start to Pavilion

Start point: 52.5835 lat, -1.959 long
End point: 52.5899 lat, -1.9695 long

From the car park, walk back along the access road until you come to a path on your right, this path is the start of your walk. Enter the arboretum and follow this tarmac path. The path is lined with street lighting which should be on your left as you walk along the path.

Along the way you will see open green areas on your right which are very popular for games and dog walking and on your left will be trees, some of the trees have colourful plants around their base. After a short while on your left you will go past the Woodland Wildlife Garden. You will come across various side paths - just ignore them. Some are access paths and others would take you down to the lower path which you will be walking along on your return leg.

Keep ahead and further on you will see on your left various permanent activity areas, these are: a small football kick about area with a goal either end, just after that is an enclosed basketball court, then on your right you will see a large skateboarding area. Once you have gone past these activity areas you will come to a very large children's play area on your right, this is called Treasure Island.

Ahead of you will be some iron gates, walk through these gates (they cross a path that runs from left to right) and enter the next section of the arboretum. As you enter this area there is an information sign on your left. On your right is the Ladies Bowls Club building, next to this is a picnic area. As you walk through the tree-lined wooded area look out for squirrels. You will eventually come to a beautiful building on your left, this is the Pavilion.

Pavilion to Bandstand
Pavilion to Bandstand

Start point: 52.5899 lat, -1.9695 long
End point: 52.5892 lat, -1.9725 long

As you pass the pavilion on your left and keep walking straight ahead, you will see on your left an access road. Walk past this and follow the main path around to the left.

As you walk along this section the fast flowing Hoar Brook should be on your left and on your right is Hatherton Lake. You will pass on your right seating areas which are covered and also on your right you will see wooden walkways that go across the bottom of the lake. Also on these walkways there are balcony sections that jut out into the lake so you can go and study the wildlife on the lake should you wish. It is worth taking time out to look at all the different varieties of wildlife, you will see: duck, mallards, moorhens, geese, swans and even seagulls.

The fast flowing stream on your left is called Hoar Brook, there is picture in the Gallery for you to look at. As you continue along this path you will come across the Bandstand on your right.

Bandstand to Boathouse
Bandstand to Boathouse

Start point: 52.5892 lat, -1.9725 long
End point: 52.5903 lat, -1.9734 long

As you stop and look at the Bandstand you will see directly opposite some curved stone seating. This Bandstand is used during the summer months for concerts and various entertainments. These are free open air events.

Carry on walking along this path, the area to your right will open up and give you a fantastic view of the lake and its wildlife. There are sections along the edge of the lake where people can fish, a fishing license can be obtained and information can be found on various signs attached to the railings around the lake. You will see that the path bears round to the right as it follows the curve of the lake. Follow this and as you come out of the bend you will see the original entrance to the arboretum on your left with its twin entrance archways and clock tower in the centre.

As you get nearly level with the entrance you will see choices of path straight ahead and to the right. Take the right-hand path. This path now takes you along the other side of the lake. The lake should be on your right and trees on your left. There is plenty of seating along this section, some of the benches have been donated by the public. You will eventually come to the Boathouse, this is used during the summer months. People can hire out a swan shaped boat and explore the pool and its wildlife. (A picture can be found in the gallery).

Boathouse to Ladies Bowls Club
Boathouse to Ladies Bowls Club

Start point: 52.5903 lat, -1.9734 long
End point: 52.5881 lat, -1.9668 long

Carry on walking along the path past the entrance to the Boathouse, this path will eventually bear to the right. On your left at this point you will see two paths (ignore them). These are entrance paths to the arboretum from the road. As you follow this main path, after the bend there is a short straight section. On your right is the lake and on your left is a smaller pool, the wildlife can travel from one to the other.

At the end of the straight section you will come to a T junction. Turn left here and this next section of the path will take you across the front of the Visitor Centre and Cafe. The grounds outside the Visitor Centre are full of flora and fauna as well as a beautiful large wood carving. As you walk past the building there is a very large outdoor seating area, next to this is the rockery with a large cast iron embossed leaf at its base.

This sweeping path will join back up to the main path, here you will see a split. To your right is the section you followed earlier, you need to take the path to the left. This is a lower path running parallel to the path that you followed into the arboretum. You will, however, still be able to see the Pavilion (across to your right) and on your left is an outhouse. Follow this path, the area to your left will open up to a grass area where there are two outdoor table tennis tables.

As you walk along this path on your right is Hoar Brook which is a fast flowing stream, on your left on the open grassed area are picnic tables, you will see up ahead of you on your left the enclosed outdoor tennis courts. This section of the path is just like the first section you walked along, as it is lined with street lighting. Further along you will see ahead of you Treasure Island which is the enclosed children's play area. Also ahead of you and on your right is the rear of a building which is the Ladies Bowls Club.

Ladies Bowls Club to End
Ladies Bowls Club to End

Start point: 52.5881 lat, -1.9668 long
End point: 52.5835 lat, -1.959 long

As you pass the Ladies Bowls Club building the path will end at a T junction, you need to turn right. Once you have turned right, walk along this very short section with Treasure Island on your left. You will see the large gates that you walked through earlier on your walk. When you reach these gates turn left and carry on along the path.

Once you have walked past the children's play area and the skate park, you will see a path immediately on your left. Take this path. The brook will be on your left with an open area further over on your left. You will come to a bridge on your left that crosses the brook, you need to keep to the right here. (If you want to explore the area more you can cross this bridge for a small detour).

Soon, you will need to take the lower path on the left (at a Y-junction). The fast flowing Hoar Brook will be on your left at this point as you walk along the path. Follow this path as it winds its way along. You will come to a T junction and you will turn left. This is the lower path that follows the opposite edge of the large park area that you walked along at the start of your walk. On your left is the winding Hoar Brook. The brook is tree lined on the other side, you will see a few small weirs as you walk along. Although this path is tarmac there are some sections that get very muddy and slightly water logged during the winter months.

Follow this path and do not turn off. Eventually you will see ahead of you the path climbing upwards to reach the car park where this walk ends. You can extend this walk and explore further if you wish, as over to your left is a grassed pathway.

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Explore, watch and feed the wildlife
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