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|Baggeridge Wood Trail|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 09 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This walk takes you from Gospel End Common, through Baggeridge Woods and then up past the Wishing Pool, located in Baggeridge Park. Along the walk you will see Upper Meadow Orchard, Gospel End Common and Stone Circle, Baggeridge Woods, the Wishing Pools located in Baggeridge Park and then return to the Pay & Display car park. |
This walk affords views of the surrounding areas, fields, ponds and woodland. It is quite close to the historic Himley Hall, although you will not visit it on this walk. The Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award for thirteen consecutive years, and has a picnic area available. There is a tea shop, a children's play area, a miniature railway, a sensory garden and disabled toilets. Other nearby attractions include Penn Common and Himley Hall & Park.
The walk is along a flat route for the most part. However, there are several gates and stiles, a couple of challenging gradients and a short flight of steps. The route can also be quite muddy in parts. It will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Baggeridge Country Park is located just West of Gospel End, on the A463. Leave the roundabout on the A449, signposted Baggeridge Country Park. Alternatively, take the A463 from the nearby town of Sedgely. The entrance is clearly signposted. Drive down through the woods for about 300 yards, where you'll find a Pay & Display car park - 1hr is £1.80, full day is £2.80 (correct Aug 2016).
|Start to GO|
Start point: 52.5358 lat, -2.1512 long
The start point for the walk is located at the rear of the car park. Stand in the upper car park with your back to the tea rooms, with the entrance on your left. The start of the walk is located in the trees to your left hand side, next to a wooden cross-beam gate.
|GO to Upper Meadow Orchard|
Start point: 52.5358 lat, -2.1512 long
Follow the path up the hill and around towards the entrance drive. On your right you'll see Upper Meadow.
|Upper Meadow Orchard to Gate|
Start point: 52.5372 lat, -2.1508 long
On your right you'll see Upper Meadow Orchard. This area contains several fruit trees, and various types of wild flowers.
|Gate to Gospel End Common|
Start point: 52.5378 lat, -2.1503 long
Go through the gate then follow the path alongside the drive. Keep an eye out for wild flowers and various types of tree. The path cuts across the road, signposted Gospel End Common.
|Gospel End Common to Stone Circle|
Start point: 52.539 lat, -2.15 long
As you head onto the Common, you'll find heathland habitat, which is characterised by low growing shubs, often Gorse, and grasses. The soil is often dry, sandy and low in fertility. Reclamation work is being carried out here. A small stone circle can be seen to the right of the path, with views across to the nearby Penn Common. The path leads back into the woodland.
|Stone Circle to Stile/Gate|
Start point: 52.5389 lat, -2.1511 long
Follow the path through the woodland until you meet the stile/gate.
|Stile/Gate to View|
Start point: 52.5389 lat, -2.1528 long
Go through the gate and follow the path round to the left. Straight ahead as you exit the gate is private property. There is another stile 20 yards ahead. Climb over this and follow the path between the fields. On the right are views across the countryside.
|View to Left Turn back into Baggeridge Wood|
Start point: 52.5375 lat, -2.1541 long
The path continues on towards the Wood, and in parts can be quite muddy. Shortly after entering the trees, the path starts to slope downwards. Eventually you will reach a field. At this point, the path takes a sharp left, back into the trees. There is a small signpost that marks the way.
|Left Turn back into Baggeridge Wood to Old Wall|
Start point: 52.5356 lat, -2.1628 long
The path continues into the wood. Shortly after commencing this section, the Baggeridge Brick Works tower can be seen to the left, across the fields. Better views are available from the car park. On your right there is broadleaf woodland, with the remains of stone walls clearly visible through the trees. The fields on the left eventually give way to woodland on both sides. During Spring, many bluebells can be seen here. Parts of this path can be quite muddy. Continue to follow the path. Eventually, this will turn left and down, and on the right hand side of the bend, more old walling and a gate can be seen.
|Old Wall to Stile, Steps|
Start point: 52.5295 lat, -2.1584 long
Follow the path down to the stile. There is also a rather small gate that can be used. Go straight through, but also note the path leading back into the wood on your left. Ahead you will see the path to join, at the top of the slight slope.
|Stile, Steps to Picnic Area|
Start point: 52.5294 lat, -2.1574 long
Head down and right to the steps. Follow these and cross the bridge. As you cross the bridge, to your right is Spring Pool and to your left is Lower Wishing Pool. Notice the overflow from Lower Wishing Pool. Continue to follow the path up and to the left. About 500ft along this path, there is a picnic area on the right.
|Picnic Area to Bridge, Ascent|
Start point: 52.5302 lat, -2.1554 long
After the picnic area, the path rises relatively steeply. Through the trees to your left you will see Upper Wishing Pool. This will become easier to see after the rise. On the pool there are several floating nesting platforms. Continue along to the bridge.
|Bridge, Ascent to Map, Ascent|
Start point: 52.5311 lat, -2.1542 long
There is a small waterfall under the bridge and several species of wildflowers. The path rises steeply again after this point, then curves round to the left. At the curve, look for "Bob's Bench". About 100ft after the bend, there is a map of the area which points out your location.
|Map, Ascent to End|
Start point: 52.5323 lat, -2.1522 long
After the map, follow the path up the hill. At the top, there is a useful bench. Follow the path to the right, and after 300 yards notice the coppiced woodland to your left. Continue on until the path joins the field on the left. Follow the path through the field to the lower car park. Toilets are located to your left. Continue straight up the slope to reach the upper car park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
Lovely route, especially through the less busy early part. Parking fee now, 9/16, is £1.80 and no change given.
|By Animalclare on 14 Aug 2016|
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