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Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail

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Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail
Author: Sammy, Published: 21 Apr 2015 Walk Rating:star1 Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail Walking Guide star1 Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail Walking Guide star1 Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail Walking Guide star1 Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail Walking Guide star1 Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail Walking Guide
West Midlands, Halesowen
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail Walking Guide boot Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail Walking Guide boot Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail Walking Guide
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This is a 5 mile circular trail that starts at Leasowes Park in Halesowen and travels via public rights of way around Lapal, before returning to the start. Some sections of the route follow the course of the now disused section of the Dudley #2 Canal, while others cross fields and a couple of roads. The walk offers views of Leasowes Park, a short section of woodland and quiet country lanes and footpaths.

There are quite a few stiles on the walk and a few flights of steps. Most of the gradients are shallow. There are also two crossings over a busy dual carriageway so take particular care at these points. A short section of the path follows the route of the Monarch's Way. There are no facilities on the walk, though there is a pub between the second and third waypoints.

By car: Leasowes Park is located off the A458, Mucklow Hill. The park is close to J3 of the M5 and is marked with brown tourism signs. Approximate post code: B62 8DH

By bus: several buses stop in nearby Halesowen.

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Walk Sections

Start to Manor Way
Start to Manor Way

Start point: 52.4543 lat, -2.0378 long
End point: 52.4461 lat, -2.0374 long

Your walk starts in the car park, by the rangers' office. Cross the canal by the two large willow trees, then follow its course, keeping it on your left. Continue along past the backs of the houses and the school. When the path is crossed by another (at the end of the school fencing), continue straight along the footpath, past the play area.

Continue along, keeping the houses on your left and the hedge on your right, until you arrive at Manor Way. Turn right here, and cross the road with care via the access point in the central reservation. Continue right when you reach the other side and you will see the information board and green sign denoting the direction of the next section.

Manor Way to Illey Lane
Manor Way to Illey Lane

Start point: 52.4461 lat, -2.0374 long
End point: 52.4358 lat, -2.0316 long

Climb the stile and enter the field. Walk along the boundary, keeping the hedge to your left. Cross the next stile and head towards the footbridge over the stream. It is hidden slightly in a dip, but the path is well worn. Cross the bridge, then cross the next stile which is at the juncture between the hedge and the wire fencing. Cross the stile and follow the path across the field, slightly to the right of the tree.

The next stile is again slightly hidden in a dip and is visible as a gap in the hedge. It is to the left of the tree in the hedge that is closest to you. Cross the stile and bear left. Ignore the next stile on your left and instead cross the footbridge over the stream. Head directly up the hill towards the gate, then turn left, keeping the hedge directly on your right.

Continue to follow the hedge into the corner of the field, where the hedge and trees meet. Cross the stile and walk straight ahead into the field. The path will take you towards a marker post in the middle of the field. Turn left here around the back of the post and follow the line of the hedge, keeping it on your left. Cross the stile and turn left onto Illey Lane. Walk along the road for a short distance to the next green public footpath sign.

Illey Lane to Cooper's Wood
Illey Lane to Cooper's Wood

Start point: 52.4358 lat, -2.0316 long
End point: 52.4372 lat, -2.0227 long

Follow the sign for the public footpath along the track. At the end of the track, follow the green sign pointing to the right. Follow the access point next to the black gates giving access to the football ground, then turn left and cross the stile in the left corner of the field. Turn right immediately after this, and follow the field boundary, keeping the hedge on your right. Cross the stile in the far corner of the field, and then the next stile visible immediately ahead. Take care, as there is a small flight of steps on the other side.

If you require refreshments, there is a pub about 50 yards along the path, to the right. Otherwise, continue left. Follow the farm track down and to the left until it arrives at the field. This section may be muddy. Enter the field and cross the stile about 60 yards away to your left. Cross the next field heading towards the stile next to the metal gate in the far corner. Cross the stile and head along the field boundary towards the entrance to Cooper's Wood, a short distance on.

Cooper's Wood to Former Canal
Cooper's Wood to Former Canal

Start point: 52.4372 lat, -2.0227 long
End point: 52.4449 lat, -2.031 long

Enter Cooper's Wood and follow the track up the incline between the trees. At the first stile/cut-through, bear right up the main path. (Do NOT cross the stile into the field). Continue along the track between the hedgerows, bearing left at the junction. Go through the cut-through and continue up the track between the fields. Take the stile on the left into the field. Keep to the field boundary, on your right. Go down through the field, passing the house on the right, and heading towards the stile by the road.

Bear left here, ignoring the stile and following the field boundary. Go through the gap in the fence into the next field, then take the footbridge at the foot of the stile. Cross the stile, then bear immediately right and take the next stile a short distance ahead.

Former Canal to End
Former Canal to End

Start point: 52.4449 lat, -2.031 long
End point: 52.4542 lat, -2.0376 long

After crossing the stile, bear left along the field boundary. The unusual undulations in the ground are what remains of this section of the Dudley #2 Canal, part of which was seen at the start of your walk. The canal originally continued to Selly Oak, but has unfortunately fallen into disrepair. Continue along the field boundary, and you will soon return to your outward path.

Continue along, taking the footbridge over the stream and crossing the two stiles. Cross the dual carriageway with care and turn right, taking the footpath on your left. Continue back along the route, passing the school on your right.

After rounding the bend in the canal, cross it via the dam at the foot of the steps. Follow the path along the canal, keeping it now on your left. Head into the park, following the path downhill towards Breaches Pool. Turn right here and follow the path around the Pool, turning left after crossing the wooden footbridge. Follow the path along, keeping the fence to your left. Cross the stone bridge over the stream, then walk up the hill. At the top, turn left and follow Leasowes Lane, bearing left at the houses, to the car park, where your walk terminates.

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2 comments for "Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail"

I have lived in this area all my life but never walked in this part. The walk is lovely and the directions so easy to follow - very impressed!

By Weezyben on 15 Mar 2017

Having moved recently into the area I was keen to see what was on offer to me, this walk was the first one I've done for nearly a year but boy was it a great walk. The walk starts at a part of the canal that ran for miles either way ending up at Selly Oak. Surprising to see that it has still got water in it and is inhabited by loads of wildlife, as you proceed along the walk the bull rushes get thicker and thicker. Eventually the canal stops and a housing estate now covers a part of where it once was. The walk has plenty to see along the way and takes you through some great countryside giving spectacular views. The part going through Coppers Wood is lovely and I imagine that this would look even better in the Summer. I came across a few fields with Shire Horses in who seem quite happy to let you get close and are very photogenic. A very nice and easy walk which I thoroughly enjoyed, thank you.

By andyt2404 on 07 Oct 2016

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Perhaps once an Abbey?
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In the middle of nowhere I came across this local football club
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Some of the fields are inhabited by these beautiful creatures
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I couldn't resist taking this picture of the calf who was looking straight at me
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Stunning view of the Clent Hills
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Sadly this is part of an era in days gone by
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To be so close to such a magnificent animal
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Loads of wildlife to be seen
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There is still something left of the once thriving canal which is now inhabited by wildlife

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The database that underpins iFootpath provides the mechanisms to store the structure and details of each walk, descriptions, photographs and mapping data for the overall walk and each section of it. It is not mandatory to enter information into every single field in the forms we provide, although some basic details are essential to ensure the walk database stays manageable and searcheable.

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Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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