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Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail

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Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail
Author: Sammy, Published: 07 May 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail Walking Guide star0 Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail Walking Guide star0 Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail Walking Guide star0 Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail Walking Guide star0 Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail Walking Guide
West Midlands, Bloxwich
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail Walking Guide boot Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail Walking Guide boot Rough Wood Chase Circular Trail Walking Guide
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This is a five mile circular trail along footpaths and towpaths, around Rough Wood Chase, near Bloxwich in the West Midlands. The walk follows mainly woodland paths with a section alongside a canal. The entire area is designated a local nature reserve and there is a variety of wildlife to see, both woodland and waterfowl.

There are several flights of steps on the walk, some of which can be avoided, and a couple of stiles/pinch-gates. The gradients are mainly shallow. Some of the woodland sections can be a bit muddy, but the paths are mostly well maintained where they exist.

By Car: There is a free car park off Linden Lane, approximate postcode WV12 5NX. The site is very close to J10 of the M6.
By Bus: the nearest bus stop is located on Bloxwich Road North, a 5 minute walk away, and is served by bus No.41 to/from Walsall. Stop ID: nwmjpmaj. See nxbus.co.uk for details.

Walk Sections

Start to The Piggeries
Start to The Piggeries

Start point: 52.6054 lat, -2.0291 long
End point: 52.6074 lat, -2.0207 long

Your walk commences in the free car park off Linden Lane. There are two gates to exit the car park, use the one nearest to the entrance. Continue straight ahead, keeping left into the woodland when you come to the junction with the playing field. (For this first section of the trail, you will be following the yellow and black leaf-shaped waymarkers). Keep left into the woodland, keeping the trig point on your left and heading for the Trees of Rough Wood interpretation board. Rough Wood is the oldest and largest woodland in Walsall, comprised mainly of Oaks.

Continue straight, then turn left at trig point K2. There is a dead oak tree here with an impressive view of the burrs that form in the wood, which is highly prized in carpentry. Continue straight until you arrive at a junction with trig point N6, signposted 2. Turn right here. Continue past signpost 3, until you arrive at a clearing with a bench, trig point E3 and the Birds Of Rough Wood interpretation board.

Ignore the left and right-hand paths here, instead take the lesser-used path at the rear of the bench. Continue along until you arrive at the motorway bridge over the canal. Head down the couple of steps and underneath the M6 motorway bridge. Go through the green pinch-gate and you will enter The Piggeries.

The Piggeries to Sneyd Reservoir
The Piggeries to Sneyd Reservoir

Start point: 52.6074 lat, -2.0207 long
End point: 52.6178 lat, -2.0259 long

The Piggeries takes its name from the farm that used to be here, before it was removed to make way for the M6 motorway. The path heads in a reasonably straight fashion across the site, keeping the motorway on your left. Climb over the grey metal stile and cross the road.

Your trail continues between the cottage and the scrapyard, keeping the pylons on your right. Climb over the wooden stile between the green metal fences. You are now entering the site of Wood Farm. Shortly after you enter the site, the remains of some of the farm buildings can be seen on your right. Continue straight, keeping the large pond on your immediate left. There are lots of wildflowers to be seen here, during the sunnier parts of the year.

After passing through the trees, you will see another pond to your left and the canal on your right. Head up the steps in front of the brick structure, which is the remains of a lock, and cross over the lock chamber onto the tarmac track. (Or, to avoid the steps, head around the back of the lock and head right, back to the tarmac track.)

Continue away from the canal, following the line of the track, and cross the main road onto Vernon Way. Continue straight along here, entering Sneyd Reservoir directly after the house on the left.

Sneyd Reservoir to Oily Goughs
Sneyd Reservoir to Oily Goughs

Start point: 52.6178 lat, -2.0259 long
End point: 52.6124 lat, -2.0167 long

Head up the slope, and you will see the remains of another lock to your right, at the top. The walk here circumnavigates the reservoir and leads back to this point. Head left into the woodland, following the path. As you get about three quarters of the way round, there are some benches which offer lovely views across the water. The reservoir was built in the 1700s to supply water to the Wyrley and Essington canal. The water level would originally have been much higher than it is today.

Continue back to the point you entered the site at, then turn right back along Vernon Way. Cross over the road and head back down the tarmac track. At the end, go through the black and white gate and cross the bridge over the canal. At the other side, take the steps down on the left and head up onto the "top" of the hairpin bend. The canal is an unusual shape at this point, due to there previously being two branches here - one to the reservoir and another off to coal fields at Wyrley. All that is left are two short stubs.

Follow the canal towpath now, keeping the canal on your left. Continue along until you arrive at the green footbridge, turning right here into Oily Goughs.

Oily Goughs to Bentley Haye
Oily Goughs to Bentley Haye

Start point: 52.6124 lat, -2.0167 long
End point: 52.6025 lat, -2.0238 long

The site takes its name from an individual called Gough, who sold waste oil from the site many years ago. As you enter the site, keep right and head between the two ponds. Your trail continues between them, before heading sharply left into the woodland, just before the trees close in. Head through here then uphill slightly to the canal towpath. Turn left, keeping the canal on your right.

Follow the towpath for 1.5km, going under two bridges, until you arrive at the third bridge. Head left and upwards here, away from the canal, into Bentley Haye Local Nature Reserve.

Bentley Haye to End
Bentley Haye to End

Start point: 52.6025 lat, -2.0238 long
End point: 52.6054 lat, -2.0292 long

At the first junction, take the left-hand path to the low wooden bridge over the stream. Immediately after the bridge, take the steps up on the right, to trig point S2. There is a bench at the top of the rise. Head back down again (when you're rested), turning right at the bottom towards trig point R5. (Alternatively, to avoid the steps and miss the view, take the left hand path at the bridge, and you will arrive at the same place.)

Follow the yellow and black waymarker to the right and continue along until you arrive at trig point I8. Turn left here and walk straight along the path. (You may prefer to walk through the field on your right). Continue along until very close to the green gates by the main road, but head into the trees by the horse chestnut tree. Your trail continues on your left, through the trees. After a short distance, head up the steps and continue straight, following the main path past trig point O2. Continue along until you arrive back at your entry point, by the canal bridge.

Go through the green pinch-gate and cross the bridge into Rough Wood. Continue straight at the junction with trig point T3, heading away from the canal into the trees. Follow the main path through the wood, until you come to the playing field. Keep right here, and follow the path through the woods that skirt the field. Continue along until you arrive back at the car park, where your walk terminates.

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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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