A short Staffordshire walk that includes the chance to visit the Holy Austin Rock Houses that are preserved by the National Trust. The route uses generally well-signed paths although a good ense of direction is useful in this area.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) The start is the National Trust carpark on Compton Road just to the west of the centre of Kinver village (grid ref. SO836836). From the car park follow the waymarks up to the viewpoint. After enjoying the view walk south-west along the edge soon joining the Staffordshire Way. After 800 metres you reach a junction with the North Worcestershire Path with a convenient bench close by the junction (grid ref. SO829822). Turn left here are follow the North Worcestershire Path downhill for 150 metres and a cross path. Turn right and follow the path to reach the road in Blakeshall (grid ref. SO831813).
(1) Continue down this lane in a southerly direction and turn right along a track to pass in front of Blakeshall House Lodge (which is on your right) to reach Solcum Lane (grid ref. SO829811). Turn right and almost immediately bear right on the waymarked path initially heading north-east but soon bearing left to reach a junction with the North Worcestershire Path (grid ref. SO825812). Turn right here and follow the path for just over a kilometre to reach the path junction passed earlier at grid ref. SO829822.
(2) Turn left and continue downhill for about 50 metres. Then turn right passing Nanny's Rock Cave and keeping ahead at all path junctions to return to the car park(D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park
1 : km 2.48 - alt. km 2.48 - Continue down the lane
2 : km 4.99 - alt. km 4.99 - Turn left
D/A : km 6.74 - alt. km 6.74
Located in South Staffordshire near the border with Worcestershire, Kinver Edge is a high heath and woodland escarpment owned by the National Trust just west of Kinver, about four miles west of Stourbridge. This walk offers the opportunity to visit the Holy Austin Rock Cottages which are cliff houses cut out of the red sandstone.
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Global average : 4.17/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Global average : 4.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
This is a lovely walk. We didn't exactly follow the route but started by going past the rock houses (you have to be members of National Trust to go inside them), then lovely views all round, especially along the top of Kinver Edge.
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Global average : 3.5 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : N/A
Walk interest : Very good
I loved the area but the route description was not very detailed and at times I had to proceed according to my common sense, or go back when I realised descriptions did not match the route I was on. Eventually I got lost! But managed to find my way back somehow.
I could NOT print the map (despite having registered on the website), which was definitely a drawback. How do you download and print maps?
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