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Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail

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Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail
Author: Sammy, Published: 21 Apr 2015 Walk rating : 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"

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

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

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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9 gallery images for "Leasowes & Lapal Circular Trail"

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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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