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|Kinver to Stourton via Gibbet Wood|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 15 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 4.5 mile circular walk that starts in the picturesque village of Kinver, leads to the supposedly haunted Gibbet Woods in Wollaston, then to the site of the Stewponey, then past the entrance to Stourton Castle, before heading into Chance Woods and returning to Kinver. The walk encompasses a busy village, fields, woodland and several points of interest. It will take about 4 hours at a very steady pace, 2.5 hours if you take a more athletic approach. |
This walk has about a dozen stiles to navigate and some steep inclines and steps. Not suitable for the less mobile. There are some footpaths but also lots of field crossings, some of which will contain animals. Please keep dogs on a lead at all times. There are also busy roads to navigate. Disabled toilets are available at the suggested start point, however these are not free. There is a pub on the walk, very close to the beginning.
There is a regular bus service from Stourbridge, the 227/228 service, run by Hansons bus company (not Sundays). The nearest train station is Stourbridge Junction.
|Start to Dunsley Drive|
Start point: 52.4488 lat, -2.2292 long
Leave the car park and head onto Kinver High Street. Head ESE through the village. A useful landmark is the church on the hill to the rear of the village - keep this on your right. As you leave the village, follow the road round to the left. On clearing the bend, you will see the Pumping Station for the river Stour. Continue past this and go on past the canal lock and Vine pub. 130m on, look for the turning on the right named Gibraltar. This is a single track road, just to the left of the post box set in the wall. Take this path.
|Dunsley Drive to Gibbets Wood|
Start point: 52.4504 lat, -2.2196 long
Walk up slightly onto Dunsley Drive, then take the path on the right about 80m along. Follow this track with the field to the left, and head for the stile in the corner by the tree line. Climb over the stile and head out across the fields. In total there are five fields, most of which have stiles, some of which have animals. The path is perpendicular to the field boundaries that you cross. Head straight across to the woods which are visible in the distance.
|Gibbets Wood to Stewponey|
Start point: 52.4519 lat, -2.1976 long
Gibbet Wood gets its name from the rather macabre tale of a man named William Howe, whose body was hung from a gibbet until it "fell to pieces" whereupon it was buried on the spot. Howe was a thief and murderer, and his body hung there as a warning to others who were considering a life of crime. His ghost is said to haunt Gibbet Lane, the track of which you will now follow.
|Stewponey to Chance Wood|
Start point: 52.4612 lat, -2.2048 long
After crossing the pedestrian crossing, keep ahead onto the A458 Bridgenorth Road and cross the bridge over the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. On your right you will see Stewponey Locks. Cross to the left-hand side of the road at the earliest opportunity as the footpath on the right soon gives out.
|Chance Wood to Kinver|
Start point: 52.4601 lat, -2.2137 long
Go down the steps into Chance Wood. These are somewhat steep but only for a short distance. After this, the path levels out into managed woodland on the left and open spaces with woodland on the right. Follow the path along and to the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
Unfortunately the five fields were planted and hard going, then the footpath to the haunted loop overgrown and the road back down blocked off. Because of this, next time I would join the canal towpath at Diunslwy Rd bridge and follow it to Stourton to rejoin the walk.
|By katenorthpho on 29 May 2017|
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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