Walking between the National Garden Scheme Sites in West Wolverhampton

Walking trail

The National Garden scheme helps generate funds for various charities to support the varied but vital work they do. This includes nearly £6 million given to the National Trust since 1948. Wightwick Manor garden is open for the first time in many years to support the scheme on the 7th of June. A short walk away is 19 Waterdale, a romantic garden, full of surprises, which gradually reveals itself on a journey through deep, lush planting, full of unusual plants.

A carpet of bluebells in the grounds of Wightwick Manor


Map of walking route


Wightwick Manor


Exit Wightwick Manor's car park through the vehicle exit gates. Turn right down the hill towards the junction. Cross the road using the island and walk a short way up the right hand side of Windmill hill.

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Photograph of Windmill Hill, Wightwick taken before 1887


Take the path on the right before the bridge onto the Staffordshire & Worcestershire canal tow path. Turn left and walk along the tow path past Wightwick locks towards Compton.

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ordinance survey map from c.1905 showing part of the old Wightwick estate


Before the next bridge go through the metal gate from the tow path and up the drive to the Compton road and turn right to walk over the bridge. Follow the main road crossing over Finchfield Hill past Compton Hospice. Continue up the hill using the pavement over the brow of the hill taking care when crossing side roads.

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The Lion drawing by Philip Webb


Shortly past the pelican crossing with the park on the other side of the road Waterdale road leads off to the right. Follow up to the end of the road.

Junction of Compton road and waterdale


As you near the end of the road look out for the National Garden Scheme banners. Enjoy 19 Waterdale garden, winner of the Daily Mail National Garden Competition 2015.

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Image of Mr & Mrs Bailey, owners of 19 Waterdale


19 Waterdale

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Walking between the National Garden Scheme Sites in West Wolverhampton

How to get here

Wightwick Manor Bridgnorth Road Wolverhampton WV6 8BN
By road

Parking in the Wightwick Manor car park, accessed off the A454 Bridgnorth Road. Open from 11am-5pm. No charge for parking

Walking between the National Garden Scheme Sites in West Wolverhampton

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • Toilets
  • Tea-room (pay to enter Wightwick Gardens)
  • Shop with plant sales (pay to enter Wightwick Gardens)