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|Enville and the Sheepwalks|
|Author: DJHampton, Published: 15 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Although there are many pretty walks in South Staffordshire this one offers the best views. Close by is Kinver Edge and the Lickey Hills and further away the Cotswalds, Malverns, Clees, Long Mynd, Styper Stones and the Wrekin can all be seen. |
Along the route are many stiles (some of which are in a state of disrepair) and several fields of livestock, particularly, as you would expect, sheep. There is about 140 metres of climb, but fairly steady and not too difficult for anyone of moderate fitness. There is short distance along a busy road, but it is the route of the Staffordshire Way, so ramblers are a common sight to locals.
The Cat is famous for its own ales and is a pleasant place to end the journey. In the churchyard of St Mary's there are the remains of a Saxon cross.
The start of the walk is the Cat in Enville. There is ample parking around the pub and close by. Enville lies on the A458 three miles west of Stourton which itself lies on the A449. There are no close railway stations and the area has poor public transport connections generally with only one bus service per day from Wolverhampton.
|Start to Temple Pool|
Start point: 52.4778 lat, -2.2575 long
From the Cat car park turn right so that the road is behind you and walk into the Enville estate through the large gates. There is a long mettled road to follow which takes you past some homes on the right and then a long brick wall until you come to playing fields on your left and the Mews on your right. Ahead of you is a field with a stile and as you walk across the filed make sure that you look back at Enville Hall.
|Temple Pool to Sheepwalks Lane|
Start point: 52.4697 lat, -2.2581 long
Continue to walk through the wood and past some farm buildings on the left. At the end of the wood a stile takes you into a field and the path continues to another stile, which is easy to see on the other side of the field. Once over this stile the path divides and our route takes us right and up the valley.
|Sheepwalks Lane to Newhouse Farm|
Start point: 52.4639 lat, -2.2667 long
The path now splits into two with one leading along the edge of the field and the route you want, leading up hill towards the woodland on the right. Like most areas of South Staffordshire, Buzzards are a common sight here and the area seems particularly appealing to Jays, those colourful members of the crow family of which I see many hereabouts.
|Newhouse Farm to Morfe Lane|
Start point: 52.4837 lat, -2.2835 long
Once onto the road turn left and 20 or so metres along there is a stile into the field on the right. Follow the left hand side of the field and then over another stile and then across the field to yet another stile by an Oak tree. Once again cross this stile and follow the left hand side of the field and then through a gap in the hedge into another field.
|Morfe Lane to End|
Start point: 52.4854 lat, -2.2667 long
Cross over Morfe Lane and then follow the path down the left hand side of the field past the wood and through the hedge into the wood. The path takes you through the wood, up and down steps and across a small wooden footbridge. The path emerges into a field and turns left along the fields edge with the wood on the left. The path crosses over two stiles and then along a very muddy path that slopes upwards and in wet weather can be running with water.
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Lovely walk great views , will be going back in the summer .
|By Sweet on 16 Mar 2015|
A very pleasant walk. Easy going although a bit muddy in places. Some of the stiles broken or very rickety.
|By Nigel on 17 Feb 2017|
Lots of Stiles broken and couple of fallen trees to climb over, distance nearer 6.5miles but lovely views great walk.
|By acoolakb on 14 Apr 2017|
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