Walking

Walking trail

Rock House trail

Walking trail

This longer walk takes in all aspects of the Edge, from the heathland buzzing with wildlife to leafy woodland paths with children's natural play areas. It takes in two different rock house complexes that you can explore, and spectacular views. This ramble cross the country boundary from Staffordshire to Worcestershire and back again.

Accessibility:

The majority of the walk is a gentle slope to the views, apart from a couple of short steep slopes in the woods. There are several accessible kissing gates - wide enough for buggies.

Nanny's Rock in the woodland of Kinver Edge

Map

Rock House trail map

Start:

Compton Road lay-by parking, SO 83575 83631

1

From the noticeboard, turn right across the sandy area and take the uphill path into the woods, waymarked with a purple arrow. Keep following the purple waymarkers straight over the crossroads and past the children's natural play areas.

2

At the five-ways crossroads follow the arrow to Nanny's Rock. There is a short, steep descent here.

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The red sandstone rock of Kinver Edge

3

As the landscape opens out into heathland on your right, you may be able to spy Vale's Rock through the trees on your left-hand side. This rock house is closed to the public, but we are working on clearing the vegetation to improve views of this impressive rock-cut dwelling. Continue following the purple arrows and you will return to woodland, climbing up to the top of the Edge. Spectacular views emerge from gaps in the trees on your left, and mature heathland sweeps across your right. In spring it is heady with yellow gorse, in late summer the heather blooms purple.

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A cow stands proudly in the heather

4

When you reach the topocope on the Hill Fort, turn around to head down the slope towards the ramparts, following the purple arrows. As you approach the Warden's Lodge you will cross short grassland, and have a final view of the heath from below. Head down into the woods on your left at the war memorial. This woodland path is full of bluebells in spring, and has places to stop and rest.

5

Continue down the slope to approach the restored Rock Houses, and a further couple of minutes passed them you will return to the car-park, which is signed from the Rock House tea-rooms.

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A volunteer toasting bread over the Rock House range

End:

Compton Road noticeboard, SO 83575 83631

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Rock House trail

How to get here

Address
Rock Houses, Compton Road, Kinver, Staffs. DY7 6DL
By road

From Stourbridge take the A458 towards Stourton, then the A449 to Kinver. In Kinver village follow signs to the Holy Austin Rock Houses, and park on the free lay-by parking. There is a signed overflow carpark around the corner where you can start this trail by crossing the road, or you can also pick up the woodland walk from here by following the orange arrow waymarkers.

Rock House trail

Facilities and access

  • Lay-by parking
  • Tea-room