Things to see and do
At Kinver Edge there’s miles of wildlife-rich heathland and woods to wander, quirky rock houses to explore, and tranquil gardens for a cup of tea.
Inside the restored Rock Houses you can soak up the atmosphere of these unusual homes with crackling fires, objects to play with, and volunteers ready to share anecdotes of the families that lived here until as recently as the 1960s.
You might even spot one of the lesser horseshoe bats that now call these caves home, roosting here throughout the winter months and sometimes hanging from the Rock House ceilings. The houses are fascinating for their unusual construction, and from the exposed rock of the empty houses you will be able to see how they are carved straight into the richly coloured sandstone, along with some historic graffiti.
Wandering into the gardens around the houses you’ll find a quaint heritage orchard and working allotments, and plenty of shady spots for a picnic or just to sit and enjoy the spring bulbs.
Beyond is the wider countryside of Kinver Edge, where you can discover the buzz of wildlife on the heathland, enjoy the heady scent of gorse in spring and sweeping purple of heather in autumn.
Just ten minutes stomp uphill from the Rock Houses is the site of an impressive Iron Age Hill Fort, with spectacular views of surrounding counties, and from there you can continue waymarked trails into the woodland of the lower slopes.
There is colour and life year-round, and room to run and play…kites fly well on the top of the Edge, and there are natural play areas for kids along the paths.
For refreshment, our tea-room inside one of the former Rock Houses serves cakes, sandwiches and hot drinks…and rock cakes, of course! Sit in the intimate garden, or enjoy more reaching views with your cuppa, and feel at home.