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Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular

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Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular
Author: Sammy, Published: 05 Jun 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular Walking Guide star1 Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular Walking Guide star0 Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular Walking Guide star0 Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular Walking Guide star0 Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular Walking Guide
West Midlands, Rushall
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular Walking Guide boot Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular Walking Guide boot Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Circular Walking Guide
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A (just over) 2 mile circular trail along footpaths and trails around Lime Pits Farm and Park Lime Pits Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in the West Midlands. The walk comprises of trails through deciduous woodland, arable farmland and alongside ponds. Due to the variety of habitats, there is an array of wildlife to see along the route, including many species of birds and insects. In the evening, the LNR is popular with Daubentons bats which fly over the ponds seeking insect prey. Within the LNR, there are many places to get down to the water's edge for a better look.

There is a short section alongside a road, part of which has a footpath, part of which has a grass verge. There are a couple of stiles on the walk and several flights of steps. Some of the gradients can be a little steep, but there are steps in place. Allow 1-1.5 hours to complete.

By car: The start point is on Park Road, Walsall. The nearest postcode is WS4 1LG. There are access gates to the site, these are open from dawn to dusk.
By bus: the 997 departs Walsall bus station, stop ID nwmtgjtg. See nxbus.co.uk for details.
By foot: the site is quite close to Walsall Arboretum and can be accessed from the canal.

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Walk Sections

Start to Park Lime Pits LNR
Start to Park Lime Pits LNR

Start point: 52.5992 lat, -1.9532 long
End point: 52.5967 lat, -1.9565 long

Your walk starts next to the cattle grid at the entrance to the car park. There is a context board at the start of the walk with a map of the LNR on it. Follow the path here, keeping right at the junction. With the meadow on your left, continue along through the trees for 350m. Soon you will see a signpost pointing left that says "permissive path". Continue straight here, keeping the signpost on your right. Your path continues for another 350m, past the bench, with the fields of Lime Pits Farm on your left.

Go through the opening onto Mellish Drive. Walk straight up towards the main road, then turn left onto Aldridge Road. Continue along for 300m. The stile you need to climb over is on your left, just past the concrete section, by the access gate. Cross the stile then head up and right, keeping the large green building on your left. Visible in front of you is a public footpath sign. Turn left here and head up towards the hedgerow. Turn right, keeping the hedgerow on your left and walk straight ahead for 170m.

Turn left here and cross the arable field, keeping the hedgerow on your right. Continue straight across the field, keeping an eye out for the sign on the far side. You will find a boardwalk next to the trees. Follow this then cross the stile and you will emerge by another field and a signpost pointing towards a permissive footpath on your left. Turn left to follow this permissive footpath along the well-surfaced farm track. As you come to the gate by the first hedge, there is a context board in the trees on the right, called Lime Pits Farm: Hay Meadow.

Lime Pits Farm is interesting in that it is being run with wildlife in mind. Field margins - also known as headlands - are being left to nature and wildlife and species that are good for pollinating insects are being encouraged. Bird and bat boxes are also being put up on site to encourage species to the area.

Continue over the bridge across the stream, then follow the path further. As you follow it round the bend to your left, there is another context board in the trees on the left called Lime Pits Farm: Hedgerows and Headlands. Keep right here, keeping the hedgerow on your right and head towards the LNR. You may be able to spot the church spire above the trees in the distance. Continue until you arrive at the signpost pointing the way you came (at the junction you crossed earlier).

Park Lime Pits LNR to End
Park Lime Pits LNR to End

Start point: 52.5967 lat, -1.9565 long
End point: 52.5993 lat, -1.9538 long

Your path continues behind the signpost, keeping left into the reserve. This section has steps and gradients. Continue along, passing signpost 7 on your right. After a short distance, there is a gap in the trees that affords you your first access to the ponds. Continue along the boardwalk and up the steps and you will find yourself looking down at the ponds, on your right. Continue around and you'll find yourself back at water level again.

The site was originally a limestone quarry which was worked up until 150 years ago. The trees that you see now, and all of the wildlife, have been planted or moved in since then. Over 300 species of plants and 100 species of birds have been counted on site. There are even endangered white clawed crayfish in the stream that runs through the site.

Follow the path, keeping the ponds on your right, until you arrive at signpost 3 by the bridge. Turn left here and take the steps up to the little meadow. You can follow either path here, but it's more picturesque to head through the trees on the right. Continue along until you arrive at another meadow with a hedge on the left. Follow the hedge to the corner of the field, by the gate. Turn right here and follow the path back to the car park. Your walk terminates here.

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