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|Author: DJHampton, Published: 26 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A lovely walk through South Staffordshire farmland ustilising footpaths, farm tracks and bridleways with a short distance along a country lane. Part of the route uses the Staffordshire Way and another part follows the Monarch's Way. All of the footpaths are well marked and there are a lot of good quality steel 'kissing' gates and a few stiles. Much of the route follows long paths with little chance of mistakes. |
The walk offers views of Perton ridge, Castlecroft and some of the higher parts of the south westerly side of Wolverhampton. To the west the Clee Hills can be seen.
Arriva bus 890 serves Trescott, but there are any number of places where a car can be parked on the route. I always park by Trescott ford, just off the Bridgnorth road in Furnace Grange Road.
|Start to Trescott Grange|
Start point: 52.5723 lat, -2.2185 long
This is a circular walk that can be joined anywhere along the route but for the sake of expediency I'm starting from Trescott ford in Furnace Grange Road.
|Trescott Grange to end of horse paddocks|
Start point: 52.5683 lat, -2.2223 long
Just after the farm buildings there is a steel gate on the right. Go through this gate and follow the path across the field towards the two pylons ahead of you. According to the map the path hits the field boundary to the left of the pylons, but in fact it doesn't, so go through the gate at the foot of the pylons. The path now goes straight across the field towards the oak tree which stands between the brick farm building and the green building. This is now the Staffordshire Way.
|End of horse paddocks to Furnace Grange|
Start point: 52.5592 lat, -2.2331 long
Turning left takes you off the Staffordshire Way and along a broad farm lane. After about four hundred metres there is a low brick and white wood building on the right with barbed wire around it. On the left of the path is a gate with a way marker; go through this gate and opposite you is another gate. Once through this gate you need to travel diagonally right across the field to a gate in the opposite corner. Follow the path up the right hand side of the field through another steel gate and then straight across the middle of the next field. This path is always well trodden and brings you out at the corner of a road by a glacial rock.
|Furnace Grange to Trescott|
Start point: 52.5668 lat, -2.2307 long
Once at the oak tree walk past it and over the bridge crossing Smestow Brook. Kingfishers are plentiful along the brook and I often see a flash of blue here as one flies through.
|Trescott to Monarch's Way|
Start point: 52.5712 lat, -2.2268 long
This part of the walk is very easy to follow as it traces the route of the Staffordshire Way and then the Monarch's Way.
|Monarch's Way to End|
Start point: 52.5861 lat, -2.2329 long
Follow the track to a huge field and continue along the track through the field with Perton Ridge to your right. Continue past Freehold Wood on your right To the corner of the field where there is a double telegraph post and over to the right is a white house. There is a gap in the hedge to the right and you need to go through this into the field beyond, but sort of straight ahead.
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