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Clent Hills history walk


This short walk leads through woodland to the top of a hill where on a clear day the Welsh Black Mountains are visible on the horizon.


Visitors in spring will see the hillside and woodland floor coloured lilac by bluebells.

Four stones circle at Clent Hills against dramatic sky
The Four Stones have stood on the top of Clent Hill since the 1770s National Trust Images / David Noton


Map route for Clent Hills history walk
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Nimmings Wood car park, grid ref: SO938807


Climb up a gentle zig-zag slope into the woodland from Nimmings café and information point. Turn right and follow an easy access path through the trees, with some fine views and resting points on the way. Just 8 miles (12.8km) from Birmingham, the Clent Hills have attracted huge numbers of visitors since the early 19th century when they formed a picturesque back drop for Hagley Park, the fine home and estate of Lord Lyttelton. Adams Hill was once a tourist honey pot with crowds of people arriving by train. Tourists in the early 1900s enjoyed swing boats, donkey rides and shooting galleries and grass tobogganing. One Victorian report raised concerns about midnight revelling and to discourage such rowdiness the park gates were locked to the public for a while. This didn't last for long though and by the early 1900s, the hills were more popular than ever.

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Emerging from the woods you reach a sweeping panorama looking west towards Wenlock Edge and the Malvern Hills. Return to your start point via the all-ability path you came on or turn left and walk up to what appears to be some prehistoric standing stones... The views from here are some of the best in the Clent Hills. To the west is the Severn Valley and the Welsh border, while to the north is Birmingham and the Black Country.

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Skirt to the left of the clump of trees behind the standing stones and enter through a gate into Horses Mane Woodland. As you walk through this area, youll pass lots of old beech pollards. These are 250-year-old trees which were cut just above head height so that they sprouted a mass of branches low down, providing food for livestock. Today, they are home to insects, beetles and nesting birds. Listen out for, or try to spot, birds like thrush, nuthatch, redstart, warblers and perhaps even a greater-spotted woodpecker.

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While taking care not to trip on exposed tree roots, look up through the woodland canopy and you may catch sight of buzzard circling above. Skirt left and return to the car park.

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Nimmings Wood car park, grid ref: SO938807

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Clent Hills history walk


A wide all-ability path, with compacted gravel and little gradient, goes to the fantastic viewpoint of The Four Stones. It is suitable for pushchairs and most wheelchairs. The circular route returns via a steeper and slightly more uneven woodland trail. Many paths criss-cross the National Trusts Clent Hills estate. If you want to extend your walk, try taking a route off to the south-west from The Four Stones, towards Adams Hill, for more interesting countryside and Clent village (see dotted-line on this map).

Clent Hills history walk

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Clent Hills history walk

How to get here

Romsley, Worcestershire
By train

Hagley, 3.5 miles (5.5km); Stourbridge Town, 5 miles (8km) and Bromsgrove, 10 miles (16.1km)

By road

South-west of Birmingham, between villages of Clent and Romsley. South-east of Hagley and 6 miles (9.6km) from M5 (J4), signposted off A491

By foot

On the North Worcestershire Way; North Worcestershire Path also goes through Clent Hill and Walton Hill. Other footpaths connecting local villages

By bus

Route 192, Birmingham, Halesowen, Hagley and Kidderminster. Alight Hagley, then 20 minute walk from Nimmings Wood car park, up a steep hill; 318, Stourbridge, Hagley and Bromsgrove. Bus stop 0.5 mile (0.8km) from Clent village

By bicycle

No clear cycle path to Clent Hills, but cycle paths and bridleways in surrounding hills. Cycle parking in Nimmings Wood car park

Clent Hills history walk

Facilities and access

  • Five accessible parking spaces are located near the café at Nimmings Wood car park
  • There is an accessible toilet at Nimmings Wood car park
  • Some routes have been improved to give easier access, but most are on naturally uneven grassy ground or woodland floor
  • A wide path, suitable for most wheelchairs and pushchairs, travels half a mile from Nimmings Wood car park to the Standing Stones
  • The toilets at Nimmings Wood car park are closed on Mondays
  • Dogs are welcome at the Clent Hills. Please keep them on a lead in the car parks and under close control in areas grazed by livestock
  • There is a picnic area at Nimmings Wood car park
  • A café at Nimmings Wood car park serves light snacks and drinks, including some of the best bacon butties for miles around! Closed on Mondays
  • A permanent Geocaching Trail is available on the hills all year round