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Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular

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Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular
Author: Sammy, Published: 18 Jun 2014 Walk Rating:star1 Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular Walking Guide star1 Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular Walking Guide star1 Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular Walking Guide star1 Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular Walking Guide star0 Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular Walking Guide
West Midlands, Stourbridge
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular Walking Guide boot Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular Walking Guide boot Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular Walking Guide
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This is a 7 mile circular walk that starts at Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge, goes through a suburban area to public footpaths and bridleways through Whittington and Ismere before returning, via Norton, to the start point.The walk encompasses several woodland and field tracks, and offers views of the countryside of the local area that are not available from other vantage points.

Most of the fields are free from animals. The walk has several stiles and gates to navigate, and some parts are likely to be muddy in wet weather. Parts of the route take place on pavement in a suburban area, but in the main it follows dirt tracks. There are a couple of reasonable gradients, but nothing too strenuous. There are toilets available at the start of the walk, in the park. There are also shops nearby in Stourbridge town centre.

Mary Stevens Park is located on the A451, Worcester Street, 600m from Stourbridge town centre. Free parking is available at the park. Check the opening times of the park before travelling.

Buses are very frequent at nearby Stourbridge bus station from a variety of locations. The 276 bus stops very nearby and also visits Stourbridge Junction railway station.

Approximate postcode: DY8 1AX

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Walk Sections

Start to Little Iverly Covert
Start to Little Iverly Covert

Start point: 52.4502 lat, -2.1509 long
End point: 52.447 lat, -2.1722 long

Head further into the park, away from the car park. Follow the main tarmac path past the Cenotaph, then head right past Heath Pool. Exit via the gates onto Norton Road. Turn left along the road and continue straight for 300m, then cross the road via the pedestrian crossing. Take the road immediately on the right, Whittington Road, then take the first left onto Eveson Road.

Take the first right onto Windsor Road, then continue straight, crossing Heath Farm Road and The Broadway onto Maynard Avenue. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Westwood Avenue. Continue straight, crossing over Clent View Road.

The Roman road leads left and right, but head straight onto the bridleway.

Little Iverly Covert to Bunkers Hill Wood
Little Iverly Covert to Bunkers Hill Wood

Start point: 52.447 lat, -2.1722 long
End point: 52.4406 lat, -2.1853 long

On your right is Little Iverley Covert. Follow the bridleway for 950m, passing the boarding kennels on your left. The view here is of open fields. At the junction with Whittington Hall Lane, turn left and proceed through the wooden kissing gate, onto the track through Bunkers Hill Wood.

The wood is just over 100 acres in size and has a mix of broadleaf and coniferous trees. It was originally planted in 1860, but more recent replantings have taken place and is now managed by The Woodland Trust. There are several unusual hybrid species of Rhododendrons in the wood, which was originally managed for shooting, leading to the creation of a variety of trails. The soil at this location is quite sandy, so even in wet weather it should be accessible.

The track follows the edge of the wood, offering views of the trees without blocking access. Follow the path for 500m until you reach the stile on the right.

Bunkers Hill Wood to Turbine Cottage
Bunkers Hill Wood to Turbine Cottage

Start point: 52.4406 lat, -2.1853 long
End point: 52.4351 lat, -2.1962 long

Cross the stile and head straight across the field to the next stile. Cross this, then head diagonally across the field, keeping the low brick buildings to your left. The next stile is in the far corner of the field. Cross this onto Whittington Hall Lane. Turn left and walk 650m along.

Take the track on the left that doubles back, by the entrance to the house. Follow this track for 800m, until you reach Turbine Cottage on the left. Head towards the metal gate straight ahead.

Turbine Cottage to A451
Turbine Cottage to A451

Start point: 52.4351 lat, -2.1962 long
End point: 52.4252 lat, -2.181 long

Cross the gate and walk uphill through the field, keeping the boundary to your right. Close to the end of the field, the path veers left up to the metal gate. Go through the gate, turning to take in the view. Cross the next field, keeping the boundary to your left. Go through the gate in the left hand corner, cross the lane then go through the next gate.

Follow the track to the farm buildings, then go through both gates, keeping straight. At the V, head right across Sugarloaf Lane, and take the footpath on the left.

After 350m, turn left along the A451. Head towards the green Welcome to Staffordshire sign.

A451 to Norton Covert
A451 to Norton Covert

Start point: 52.4252 lat, -2.181 long
End point: 52.4353 lat, -2.1679 long

Cross the A451 just after the sign, heading to the open area with the field entrances. Take the path diagonally left, up the hill, to the right of the left hand gate. This is part of the North Worcestershire Path. The path rises for 300m, into the trees, then descends the hill on the far side. At Iverley Lane, continue straight across and continue to follow the bridleway for 600m.

At the junction with the Roman road, by the telegraph pole, turn sharp left. Follow this path for 850m, during which time it will ascend sharply into the woods. At the junction with County Lane, continue straight until you reach the A451.

Norton Covert to End
Norton Covert to End

Start point: 52.4353 lat, -2.1679 long
End point: 52.4502 lat, -2.1509 long

Cross the A451 to the footpath directly opposite. Follow this uphill, past the houses on the right, for 250m, until you reach a kissing gate on your right. Go through the gate and you will find a nature board detailing some interesting geological formations in the vicinity. The site is also a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. You may wish to explore the site in more detail.

To continue the walk, follow the path past the wall and fences at the top of the hill. After 400m, go through the wooden kissing gate at the far end of the covert, and head onto Covert Lane. Follow this down and right to Norton Road. Turn left and follow the road for 650m, before crossing at the pedestrian crossing. Continue for a further 350m before entering the park and retracing your steps to the car park.

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3 comments for "Stourbridge, Whittington and Ismere Circular"

Lovely walk but very overgrown at A road, when crossing to take footpath up the hill.

By Daniella1988 on 22 Aug 2016

What a great walk this is, beautiful countryside views which can been seen after some steady fairly challenging inclines but boy it's worth it. Even though the start and end are on a main road there are some lovely expensive houses to see along the way. The walk itself is great and gives both flat and hilly parts to navigate which are very easy and straight forward. All the fields apart from one where empty and the one that wasn't had a sign warning the walker that a bull with it's cows and calves was in the field (no problem just walk around the edge to get to the stile on the other side hahahaha). Great wooded areas as well as open plains make this a very pleasing and enjoyable walk and at the end well there is Cafe 92 which is at the start just inside the park. Great choice of drinks and food with a lovely outdoor seating area to enjoy your well earned drink. Thanks Sammy for the great walk.

By andyt2404 on 20 Oct 2016

great walk but nearer 8 miles.

ADMIN RESPONSE: So glad you enjoyed the walk. All our walks are GPS-tracked by the author walking the route, using the iFootpath tracker which is calibrated to accurately match Ordnance Survey and Nike distance tracking. We then round the published walk lengths to the nearest mile for ease. This GPS route is exactly 7.4 miles (rounded to 7 miles for publication purposes). Of course, if you use a different device to measure the distance, you may have a different result. Other GPS tracking devices are calibrated differently and apps that rely on step counting or activity tracking have a much larger margin of error. I hope that helps.

By acoolakb on 05 Nov 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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A wide variety of wildlife on this pool
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I came across this fellow after emerging from the woods, it made me laugh
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