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Bench with views from Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses, Staffordshire. High sandstone ridge and hill fort overlooking dramatic red sandstone rock houses.
Explore the historic landscape at Kinver Hillfort | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor
Shropshire & Staffordshire

Woodland trail

This woodland walk is perfect for families, with natural woodland play areas along the way leading to far-reaching views from the hillfort. Finish off with a visit to the Rock Houses.

Look out for orange waymarkers

There are orange waymarker arrows to help guide you along the trail.

Total steps: 4

Total steps: 4

Start point

Compton Road lay-by parking, SO 83575 83631

Step 1

From the noticeboard, turn right across the sandy area and take the uphill path into the woods, waymarked with an orange arrow.

Step 2

At the crossroads, you will find tree stumps, fallen logs and some den-building materials. Continue along the central path, following the orange markers, to find more natural play in the woods.

Step 3

Pass through the gate and turn left to enter the Iron Age hillfort. From here you can enjoy far-reaching views across several counties, and use the toposcope to work out which hills and towns you can see.

Step 4

From the corner of the hillfort 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 unique homes carved straight into the sandstone rock. There is also a tea-room and toilets. From here it is a couple of minutes back to the car park.

End point

Compton Road noticeboard, SO 83575 83631

Trail map

Map showing route and steps of the woodland walk at Kinver Edge
Woodland walk at Kinver Edge | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Get in touch

Holy Austin Rock Houses, Compton Road, Kinver, near Stourbridge, Staffordshire, DY7 6DL

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