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Lickey Hills and Barnt Green

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Lickey Hills and Barnt Green
Author: Claire, Published: 07 Jul 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Walking Guide star1 Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Walking Guide star1 Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Walking Guide star1 Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Walking Guide star0 Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Walking Guide
Worcestershire, Bromsgrove
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Lickey Hills and Barnt Green
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Walking Guide boot Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Walking Guide boot Lickey Hills and Barnt Green Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk around Lickey and Barnt Green in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire. The walk begins in the beautiful Lickey Hills Country Park, a beautiful site which includes coniferous plantations and mixed woodland, with sculptures, playgrounds and plenty of benches allowing you to make the most of this tranquil setting. The walk continues through the destination village of Barnt Green before fields and bridleway tracks lead you to get a glimpse of the beautiful Upper Bittell Reservoir. The final stretch passes the beautiful parish church in Cofton Hackett before a steep climb back into the Lickey Hills.

The route has several moderate gradients throughout, plus one steep climb towards the end. The paths are mostly stone tracks or unsurfaced and some stretches can be very muddy in winter or after periods of rain. There are no stiles or livestock on route, but you will need to negotiate some flights of steps, gates and one kissing gate. Dogs are welcome in the country park and this route makes a great dog walk. Allow 2.5 hours.

Lickey Hills Country Park is located about 10 miles south west of Birmingham. The walk starts and finishes at the car park alongside the Lickey Hills Visitor Centre, marked with a brown sign from Rose Hill. The car park opens from 7.30am to dusk every day and is free of charge (correct Jul 2017). Approximate post code B45 8ER. If you are coming by train, the route can be adjusted to start and finish at Barnt Green rail station (Waypoint 2).

Walk Sections

Start to Pinfields Wood
Start to Pinfields Wood

Start point: 52.3764 lat, -2.0036 long
End point: 52.3686 lat, -2.0035 long

From the main Lickey Hills Country Park car park, head back along the access drive, passing the Visitor Centre on your left. Pass between a property on your left and the entrance for a nursing home on your right. About 50 metres later you will come to a pedestrian crossing traffic sign. Turn left here, through the wide wooden gateway to join the stone track public bridleway.

Follow this stone track, leading you steadily downhill between beautiful trees and passing a fenced play area across to your left. At the bottom of the slope you will come to a junction with a choice of three paths. Take the left-hand branch, crossing a ditch, passing a beautiful wooden sculpture on your left and then bearing right to continue on a stone track steadily downhill. At the fork (with a bench on your right), continue straight ahead (the right-hand branch), still heading gently downhill through the trees.

At the bottom of this stretch, ignore the bridge to your left, instead stay on the main track which bends right and begins to climb. At the brow of the rise, stay on the main path which swings steadily left to reach a crossroads (with a waymarker post just to your right). This is the crossroads at the edge of the section of woodland known as Pinfields Wood.

Pinfields Wood to Barnt Green Station
Pinfields Wood to Barnt Green Station

Start point: 52.3686 lat, -2.0035 long
End point: 52.3611 lat, -1.9924 long

Go straight ahead at this crossroads and follow this pretty stone cobbled path for some distance, passing several benches along the way and taking time to enjoy your peaceful woodland surroundings.

Lickey Hills Country Park covers 524 acres in total, a mixture of coniferous woodland, mixed woodland and heathland. The woodland you walked through in the first section, around Lickey Warren, was planted less than 150 years ago. Birch and sweet chestnut are the predominant trees there, along with some holly and birch. This woodland, Pinfields Wood, is a good example of ancient woodland. Oak, hazel, rowan and birch are common here. In the spring, the whole area around the wood is covered by bluebells. Adding to the array of colour are white-flowered wood sorrel, wood anemone, foxgloves, speedwells, stitchworts and buttercups.

Simply keep ahead on the main path and eventually you will emerge via a gap alongside a gate to reach a junction with the road (directly opposite Cherry Hill House). Turn left for a few paces and then turn right to join the continuation of the footpath, passing the fenced grounds of Cherry Hill House on your right. Follow this tree-lined path all the way to the far end (the final stretch being a particularly impressive beech tree avenue), where you will reach another road. Cross over and go through the fence gap to enter Barnt Green rail station. Use the footbridge to cross to the station car park at the far side.

Barnt Green Station to Bittell Farm Road
Barnt Green Station to Bittell Farm Road

Start point: 52.3611 lat, -1.9924 long
End point: 52.3676 lat, -1.9767 long

(NOTE: If you are starting the walk at Barnt Green Station, use the footbridge or the exit on Platform 4 to reach the station car park and then follow the directions from this point).

Walk through the station car park (away from the footbridge) to join Station Approach and follow this as it bends right to reach a T-junction with the main village road in Barnt Green. Cross over to the far pavement and turn left along this, passing the village school to reach the mini-roundabout at the end of the road. Turn right (signed to Alvechurch), ignore the first road on your left (Margesson Drive) and, a few paces later, cross over to turn left into the access drive for the Baptist Church and playing field.

Walk directly ahead and pass through the metal gate (alongside the vehicle barrier) to enter the playing field. Follow the stone path along the left-hand edge of the field to reach the far left-hand corner. In this corner, continue ahead on the path leading you through a section of trees to reach a single metal gate ahead.

Pass through this to enter the crop field and keep straight ahead, staying close to the hedge on your left. At the end of the first field, go through the hedge gap ahead to reach the corner of a second crop field. Cross this diagonally right, passing just to the right of the copse of trees (which contains a pond) in the field centre. In the far corner, a gate leads you out to a small parking lay-by alongside Bittell Farm Road.

Bittell Farm Road to Railway Bridge
Bittell Farm Road to Railway Bridge

Start point: 52.3676 lat, -1.9767 long
End point: 52.377 lat, -1.9832 long

Turn left through the lay-by and pass alongside a vehicle barrier to join a bridleway track. Follow this bridleway track between a hedgerow and trees, and then continuing through a tunnel of trees with a stream first on your left and then on your right. At the end of the first long straight stretch, the path swings right, passing a pretty small fishing lake on your left, to reach a junction with a gate ahead.

At this point we take a small detour for a view across Upper Bittell Reservoir. To do this, go ahead through the gate alongside the gate and follow this path climbing for just 80 metres to reach the banks of the reservoir. This beautiful reservoir was built in the 1800s to feed the nearby Worcester and Birmingham Canal, but today is the home of a sailing club, the local sea scouts and is used for open water swimming in the summer months.

When you have finished enjoying the reservoir view, turn around and retrace your steps back down the slope. Pass through the gap alongside the gate and turn right to continue your journey along the bridleway (passing the small fishing lake on your left). The bridleway becomes a tarmac access lane, leading you past another lake on your left and Tower House on your right (the reason for this name will be apparent as you pass by). Follow the access lane all the way to the end, a T-junction with a quiet lane. Turn left along the lane for about 300 metres to pass under a railway bridge.

Railway Bridge to End
Railway Bridge to End

Start point: 52.377 lat, -1.9832 long
End point: 52.3765 lat, -2.0035 long

Continue on the quiet lane to pass St Michael and All Angels Church of Cofton Hackett on your left. This beautiful building dates from the 1300s, probably built in 1330 by Robert Leycester as a chapel for his Manor House. A church on this site is recorded all the way back to the 1100s.

Follow the lane passing a stretch of woodland on your right. Just before you reach Cofton Hall Cottage on your left, turn right through a metal kissing gate and keep ahead on the footpath with the fenced woodland on your right and open crop field on your left. Part way along this field (just after the field edge swings right) you will come to a waymarker post on your right.

Stay with the clear footpath which turns left and crosses the centre of the crop field to reach a gate in the far hedgerow. Go through this kissing gate, cross the tarmac bridleway and go through the kissing gate ahead to enter a second crop field. Go straight ahead on the path, with a fence on your right and open crop fields and beautiful far reaching views on your left. Ahead you will see the dense woodland of the Lickey Hills. Continue straight ahead, passing through the next gate and following the right-hand edge of a third crop field (with a row of houses and gardens on your right). At the end of the field, pass through the wooden kissing gate and follow the tarmac alleyway leading you up to a junction with the road.

Cross over with care and take the signed public footpath directly ahead, into the woodland. A few paces along, you will reach a waymarker post. Go straight ahead here, on the path climbing steeply uphill and signed to the Visitor Centre. This path leads you up a flight of woodland steps to reach a crossroads. Turn right to join the stone bridleway path, swinging left and then climbing steeply once again. This bridleway leads you directly into a stone parking area. Keep straight ahead to reach the main tarmac access lane and main car park where the walk began. If you have time, it is worth exploring the paths above the car park, where you will reach Bilberry Hill, one of the many viewpoints within the Lickey Hills.

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1 Comments for: "Lickey Hills and Barnt Green"

Lovely walk. Started with a sausage sandwich and cup of tea at the Lickey Hills Visitors Centre to set us on our way. Really detailed directions and very picturesque. Thank you!

By vnock87 on 16 Sep 2018

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