Clent Hills dog walk

Walking trail

Dogs are free to run around off-the-lead on this lovely circular walk, which passes through fields and woodland, and offers some fantastic panoramic views.

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Map route for Clent Hills dog walk


Nimmings Wood car park, grid ref: SO938807


Climb up a gentle zig-zag slope into the woodland from the car park. Turn right and follow the wide and level easy access path through the trees, with some fine views and resting points.


Emerging from the trees you reach a topograph and can view the sweeping panorama looking west towards Wenlock Edge and the Malvern Hills. Turn left and walk up towards The Four Stones, which offer fantastic views; 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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With your back to The Four Stones, continue on past the toposcope and down the widest, most clearly defined path to your left. At the bottom there is a gate; take the right hand path here. To your left you can see beautiful views of Walton Hill. Continue along the path until you see an area of open grassland to your right with a large fallen tree in the distance. This is the site of the old rangers cottage. Take the path to the left, leading into Deep Wood. Stick to this path all the way down to Dark Pool and a wooden bridge.

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Cross over the bridge at Dark Pool and walk up the slope of the wood, take care not to trip on exposed tree roots. Look up through the woodland canopy and you might catch sight of a buzzard circling above. At the top of this climb, turn right back up the path and continue along this path until you get to the gate.

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Walking through the gate you will often see wood piles which the warden and his volunteers have collected from the hills. Continue on the path directly in front of you back to the topograph area. Take the lower path below the topograph. The bilberry bushes with their deep purple berries show that our attempts to restore dry acid grassland to Clent are working well. Plants that thrive on this habitat provide a great environment for insects, which in turn attract birdlife.

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Nimmings Wood car park, grid ref: SO938807

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Clent Hills dog walk


Circular walk with occasional uneven paths that run through woodland and fields. There are tree roots and other obstacles in places and a small bridge to cross. No need for leads if your dog behaves itself around other dogs, horses and people. Bins and water bowls at Nimmings Wood car park.

Clent Hills dog walk

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Clent Hills dog 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 the villages of Clent and Romsley. South-east of Hagley and 6 miles (9.6km) from M5 (J4), signposted off the A491

By foot

On North Worcestershire Way; North Worcestershire Path also goes through Clent Hills 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, then 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 dog 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