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Orton Circular Trail

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Orton Circular Trail
Author: Sammy, Published: 01 Jun 2014 Walk Rating:star1 Orton Circular Trail Walking Guide star1 Orton Circular Trail Walking Guide star1 Orton Circular Trail Walking Guide star1 Orton Circular Trail Walking Guide star0 Orton Circular Trail Walking Guide
Staffordshire, Orton
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Orton Circular Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Orton Circular Trail Walking Guide boot Orton Circular Trail Walking Guide boot Orton Circular Trail Walking Guide
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This is a 3 mile circular walk around the roads and woods of Orton, near Wolverhampton. The route heads out along the disused South Staffs Railway Line, then follows roads and woodland tracks, before returning to base via several fields. Points of interest include Orton House, a Grade II listed building from the Georgian period, and Ladywell Wood which takes its name from a well that can be found in the wood (although this is not be visited on the trail).

There are quite a few stiles and kissing gates along the route, and parts of it are somewhat overgrown. Waterproof trousers are recommended. Some of the tracks can get muddy in wet weather. The route is covered by OS map 219.There is a cafe, The Railway Cafe, at the start/finish of the walk (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays). Allow 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

The walk starts and finishes from the Railway Walk Car Park off Bratch Lane in Wombourne. Turn off the A449 onto Billy Buns Lane, then keep left onto Bratch Lane. Take the turning on the right immediately preceding the railway bridge, opposite Station Road. A sign at the entrance to the free car park details the closure times.

Nearest bus route: 256 Wolverhampton - Stourbridge stops 350m away from the start point in Bull Meadow Lane. See for timetable.

Approximate postcode: WV5 9AB

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Walk Sections

Start to Orton Lane
Start to Orton Lane

Start point: 52.5439 lat, -2.1928 long
End point: 52.5536 lat, -2.1925 long

Depart the car park via the black gate at the far end. Head onto the railway line, walking away from the café on your right. After a kilometre, cross Bridge 36 then take an immediate right onto Flash Lane. While walking, look to the right to see an outcrop of sandstone rock.

After 1600m, cross Orton Lane at the staggered junction onto Showell Lane. After 170m, cross the stile on the right, just past the renovated buildings on the left.

Follow the fence line through the field, keeping to the left. Climb over the stile in the corner, then follow the path along the rear of the deserted garden centre. This section is likely to be overgrown. After 200m, cross the stile onto Orton Lane.

Orton Lane to Ladywell Wood
Orton Lane to Ladywell Wood

Start point: 52.5536 lat, -2.1925 long
End point: 52.5472 lat, -2.1864 long

After crossing the stile, turn left along Orton Lane. After 75m, cross the stile left into the field. (Note: The stile is hidden slightly in the hedge, just past the tree - if you get to the gate, you've gone too far). Head across the field between the two banks of trees, Blazebank on your left and Nut Tree Coppice on your right. The path curves round to the left at the far end of the field, by the white house on the hill.

Cross the stile and head into the trees. There is another stile at the top of the hill. Sections of this route may be difficult to traverse. Cross the next stile and go down the few wooden steps onto Showell Lane. Turn right here, and climb the hill. After 400m, turn right onto Bearnett Lane. Follow the lane for 1100m, then take the path to the right just past the telegraph pole in the hedge on your right. Cross the field towards Ladywell Wood.

Ladywell Wood to End
Ladywell Wood to End

Start point: 52.5472 lat, -2.1864 long
End point: 52.5438 lat, -2.1927 long

On entering the wood, take the path immediately on the right. Sections of the route here can be difficult to traverse, especially in wet weather. Follow the path downwards through the wood and onto Orton Lane. Turn right and walk 60m up the road, before crossing over to turn left (through the gate to the right of the last house).

Walk through the fields for 180m, traversing the gates, then turn left and continue on for 500m before going through the gate and taking the steps back down to the car park.

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1 comments for "Orton Circular Trail"

Stiles not dog friendly and some livestock about. Parts lovely but not all

By Animalclare on 04 Aug 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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