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|Kingsford to Coldridge Wood Circular|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 18 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 6 mile circular walk that takes you from Kingsford Forest Park through lanes and byways to Coldridge Wood before returning to the start via the grounds of Bodenham Arboretum. It encompasses views of the local countryside and quiet lanes alongside and through fields. Several sections take you through woodland and past a couple of pools. Allow 2 to 3 hours to complete the walk. |
Some sections of the walk take place on tarmac country roads, others take place through fields. Stout footwear is essential. There is a steep ascent and later a steep descent. Both have wooden steps in place to assist. You will also need to negotiate several kissing gates and stiles. There are disabled toilets available at the start of the walk, and also free parking. There is a waymarked walk available from the car park that is suitable for wheelchairs - the Robin Trail. There are also picnic areas here.
By car: Kingsford Forest Park is located about a mile away from Kinver Edge. There are two car parks located at either end of the park, choose the one located in Kingsford Lane. The car park is free and open from 8AM daily, closing times vary. There is also off road parking nearby.
|Start to Tree Seat|
Start point: 52.4364 lat, -2.2604 long
Depart the car park and turn right along Kingsford Lane. After 450m, turn right onto Castle Hill Lane. Follow this for 350m then just past the sandstone outcrop, continue straight along the track, passing Sheepwash Lane on your right. After 600m, Castle Hill will fork back down to the left. Take the path through the metal gates on the right.
|Tree Seat to Arley Wood|
Start point: 52.4423 lat, -2.2842 long
As you continue, the track will continue to ascend for a short while, then slowly descend again. After 400m, go past the large black gate on your right and continue on to the gravel path. Continue on for 100m, then at the join with the other gravel path, turn left, back down through the woodland.
|Arley Wood to Bottom Pool|
Start point: 52.4377 lat, -2.2952 long
Follow the footpath into the woods. The path ascends into the woods, eventually following a trail alongside metal pig fencing before slowly descending again towards some farm buildings after 700m.
|Bottom Pool to Sladd Lane|
Start point: 52.432 lat, -2.2869 long
Stay this side of the kissing gate and head onto the dirt track, heading uphill towards the large metal gate. Go through the metal kissing gate on the left and head uphill, passing Spencer Covert on the right. Continue on, over the cattle grid, then bear left in front of the animal pens.
|Sladd Lane to Solcum Lane|
Start point: 52.4233 lat, -2.2736 long
Turn left along Sladd Lane, using the footpath on the far side of the road. Follow the road round, and at the junction with Drakelow Lane, continue straight on past the houses on the right. Follow the path for 600m through the trees, as it ascends the hill. Continue on, and you will suddenly emerge alongside a house.
|Solcum Lane to End|
Start point: 52.4265 lat, -2.2559 long
Go through the metal kissing gate and cross the field to the stile. After crossing the stile, take the steep flight of steps down into Blakeshall Wood. Go past the green bar gate, cross straight over the track that runs parallel to the gate and continue along through the pinch gap, marked with yellow arrows.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
5 Star. Thank you to the route originator, Sammy Benbow, a lovely hilly walk.
|By Rightsofway on 05 Jan 2015|
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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