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|Author: DJHampton, Published: 26 Oct 2012||Walk Rating:|
|A reasonably level four mile walk through South Staffordshire farmland. |
NOTE: The paths on this walk can be very overgrown in the height of the summer growing season and this may lead to the early part of the route being impassible so the walk is best reserved for other times of the year. In many places the undergrowth is thick so long trousers are recommended, but several farmers have left very broad and well maintained headlands along field edges and these are towards the end of the walk so the hard going is near the start.
There are quite a lot of stiles, some of which are a bit unstable, but this is a little trodden route, which makes it all the more of an adventure. There are both cows and sheep on the route, but usually in adjacent fields.
I usually park in the residential areas of Bobbington when I do this walk, but the Red Lion has a large car park, is easy to find and would probably be happy for walkers to use it as long as they call in before or after the walk. The post code for the Red Lion is DY7 5DU.
|Start to Broadfields Farm|
Start point: 52.5117 lat, -2.2851 long
I'm going to start this walk from the Red Lion because it is the most appropriate and easily found place in Bobbington. Leave the car park and turn right and walk 150 metres until you see a post box on the left hand side of the road. As you approach the post box there is a public footpath sign on the right hand side indicating the start of the walk.
|Broadfields Farm to Crossroads near Hay Farm|
Start point: 52.5024 lat, -2.2803 long
Once at Broadfields Farm the path turns right along the right hand side of the field. This is an untidy sort of area, but look out for Great Spotted Woodpeckers which can often be seen flying between the small clumps of woods and some of the larger trees. In the corner of the field is a stream. You need to cross the stream by the footbridge, which can be hard to find, and push your way through into the field beyond. As the path is little used, the footbridge might not be easy to find in the height of summer.
|Crossroads near Hay Farm to Salter's Park Farm|
Start point: 52.4954 lat, -2.2908 long
At the crossroads you can see Hay Farm to your left. Again, on your left is a track that goes towards the farm. If you face down this track you will see, immediately to your left a field and the path now goes diagonally across this field where, in the far right hand corner, is a very old steel gate. Make your way across the field with views of Dudley ahead of you and through the gate into another green lane.
|Salter's Park Farm to End|
Start point: 52.5009 lat, -2.2725 long
Once over the stile onto Lutley Lane turn right and then immediately left over another stile and onto the indicated public footpath that runs between the farm buildings and the small wood to your right.
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Hi, I have tried to undertake this walk. There is a problem during the early steps of the walk, in that when you reach Broadfields Farm you must turn right along a field edge and cross a bridge over a stream. The track here is very rough and the bridge appears to be right in the corner, as described in the walk. However upon crossing the bridge you are presented with barbed wire and a great deal of spikey undergrowth! From this point you are unable to continue - peering through the trees and brambles it also appears the next section - if you could get it it, is tremendously overgrown. This unfortunately leaves you stuck... I have had a good wander around and there does not seem to be another way to enter the field mentioned in the walk. I think the website should be updated, as it is a little disappointing! :(
|By MattCharles on 17 Jul 2013|
Thanks for the feedback on this route Matt - we really appreciate people giving us updates for the walks. I notice the walk author had already included descriptions like 'thick undergrowth', 'little trodden' and 'hard-going' so I've increased the walk difficulty to Grade 3 and also added a note at the beginning to make it clear that the undergrowth can become impassible at the height of the growing season. We've found similar undergrowth problems on several other footpaths recently, so clearly Summer 2013 is a good year for nettles and brambles!! I hope you've found some of the other iFootpath walks more enjoyable this summer. Many thanks for your support.
|By Administrator on 18 Jul 2013|
Hi, Good news, the area I mentioned back in July 2013 appears to have has a good trim, and although it's rough and muddy by the small bridge you can make your way through OK now. Thought I would let you know!
|By MattCharles on 12 Oct 2015|
Just done this walk April 2016. There were no problems with any overgrown undergrowth or brambles. However the footbridge just after Broadfields Farm now seems to have collapsed altogether! You have to make your way across the stream using planks of wood and fallen trees that have been placed by previous walkers I imagine, but it is possible and will not stop you passing. Also a little further on when going into the field next to the steel girder/drum the stile seems to have gone totally so don't bother to look for that!
|By IanA on 30 Apr 2016|
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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