Heath land trail
This circular walk starts at the old Warden's Lodge, passing through rare heathland habitat to sweeping views from the Iron Age Hill Fort. It is waymarked on the ground by red arrows.
Good to know:
Accessibility: There are no steps along this route, but there are gentle slopes and several kissing gates to pass through. Dogs: Your dog is very welcome in the countryside of Kinver Edge, please just be aware that you are passing through cattle enclosures and keep your dog under close control.
Comber Road lay-by parking, SO838828
Bear left of the noticeboard, following the red arrows. After passing between the trees you will enter sandy heath land habitat, with a meadow on the left of the fence.
Heath land habitat
Heather and gorse grow in this sandy habitat, as does surprising grey hair grass - usually found on the coast. Heath land is a haven for insects and the birds and bats that feed on them. You might also spot a lizard basking in the sun, or if you're really lucky...an adder!
Turn right when you reach the top of the Edge, and follow the red arrows as you go through the gate and walk along the top of the sandstone ridge. Look out for resting spots with magnificent views to your left.
You will reach the open area of the Iron Age Hill Fort, with a toposcope showing the direction of surrounding landmarks.
Iron Age Hill Fort
This Hillfort dates back to at least Iron Age times, and has impressive ramparts and outer ditch along the south-west and south-east sides. The remaining sides enjoy the natural defences of steep banks, and incredible views across three counties. The Hillfort sits on a historic county border and would have been an important trading post as well as having a defensive role. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and kept deliberately clear of vegetation to protect and showcase the dramatic ramparts.
From the toposcope, turn around and head across the Hillfort towards the ramparts and down the slope, following the red arrows to return towards the Warden's House across the open grassland.
The grassland here is regularly trampled by many walkers, and has only thin nutrient-poor soil to grow on, but this doesn't mean it is a poor habitat - quite the opposite! Kneel down and peer closely, and you'll see many different species of plants growing together beneath your feet. You're sure to spot the holes of solitary wasps and bees that burrow down into the ground, you might even hear their lively buzz.
Comber Road noticeboard, SO838828
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