This woodland walk is perfect for families, with natural play areas along the way leading to magnificent views from the Hillfort. There are some steps on the trail.
Good to know
Accessibility: The majority of the walk is a gentle slope to the views, with one flight of steep steps and a pedestrian gate at the end. 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.
Compton Road lay-by parking, SO 83575 83631
From the noticeboard, turn right across the sandy area and take the uphill path into the woods, waymarked with an orange arrow.
At the cross roads you'll find a natural play area for children. Continue along the central path, following the orange markers, to find more natural play in the woods.
Pass through the gate and turn left to enter the Iron Age Hill Fort. From here you cna enjoy amazing views across several counties, and use the toposcope to work which hills and towns you can see.
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 corner of the Hill Fort you will see a sign directing you down to the Rock Houses. Go down the steps and bear left, it is a short 10 minute walk to these uniques homes carved straight into the sandstone rock. There is also a tea room, toilets and small gift shop. From here it is a couple of minutes back to the car park.
The Rock Houses
Holy Austin Rock Houses were lived in until the 1960's, and have since been restored to feel like the cosy, comfortable dwellings they were. Carved straight into the rock, they were warm in winter and cool in summer. Volunteers are on hand to tell the stories of the families who lived here, and children can have a go with traditional toys and games. Please check the opening times before you pop in.
Compton Road noticeboard, SO 83575 83631
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