Kinver village trail
This walk is a pleasant, mainly traffic-free route from the Rock Houses to historic Kinver village. You will enjoy the oak woodlands at the foot of Kinver Edge, pass old homes built into the rocks, a scout camp, and hidden footpaths. In Kinver you will find shops and cafes, and quaint buildings. The route is waymarked on the ground by green arrows, to a design by a pupil at Kinver’s junior school.
Compton road, lay-by parking
From the noticeboard, walk ahead and slightly to the left, taking the path which passes round the back of the Rock Houses. Follow the green arrow. To your left is the back of the great rock into which the houses were carved, and as you pass it, views over the Black Country. Keep the central/ahead undulating path through the lowest part of the woods, and pass through a gate.
You will descend towards a footpath crossroads. Turn left through a kissing gate into Astle’s Rock Walk. To your right are houses built up against the red sandstone, and former tea rooms (you can just make out the word TEA on the rock face at the back of the first garden).
Look out for the way many houses in Kinver are built up against the rock, some having extra storage ‘caves’ cut into the soft sandstone. The Kinver area has more rock dwellings than anywhere else in England.
At the foot of the Astle’s Rock Walk, turn left onto Comber Road, and after a few yards (with the infant school in front of you), turn right onto The Compa.
You will pass the Scout Camp on your right, in a wooded valley full of adventure equipment. Ahead, high above you, spot St Peter’s Church, built in Saxon times on an already-ancient site of worship. Take the footpath on the left.
Pass through the gate, turning right onto Vicarage Drive. As you walk down towards the High Street you can again see St Peter’s church through the trees on your right. As the High Street comes into view, you pass the ornate former junior school, now the community library, on your left. The High Street has shops, cafes, and the unmistakeable Millennium Bus Shelter.
Kinver is an ancient market town, with many old buildings along the High Street and beyond. Here you can find a variety of shops and eateries. Public toilets are in the car park a few yards north of the Bus Shelter. The River Stour runs along the back of the High Street, with the beautiful Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal following its course. In Edwardian times Kinver was a popular day trip from the Black Country, served by its own tram line.
Millennium Bus Shelter, Kinver High Street, DY7 6HG
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