Pound Green, Bell Pits Circular Walk

Farmland, Forestry and Heathland invite the visitor to explore the historical and landscape character that make Pound Green a special place to experience Worcestershire’s rural charm.

Technical sheet
No. 4157831
A Upper Arley walk posted on 08/10/20 by Aurelie-21. Update : 08/10/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h35[?]
Distance Distance : 4.89km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 71m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 76m
Highest point Highest point : 129m
Lowest point Lowest point : 49m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Upper Arley
Starting point Starting point : N 52.410933° / W 2.358923°
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Description

(D/A) Start outside Pound Green Village Hall, follow the road for 500m towards Pound Green. Take the path passing Cherry Orchard farm using the stile and head down the enclosed track and field edge. At the metal kissing gate enter Seckley Wood. In 100m you will cross over a small brook known locally as the Stinking Ditch. Continue for another 80m until you arrive at a footpath crossroad. Turn right and walk along a forest road for approximately 250m.

(1) Look out for a small forest path on your left, (if you make it to a large building and wide open area you have gone too far). Take the small track and in approximately 350m you will arrive at a viewpoint. Continue along the forest road for 350m.

(2) At the crossroads turn right and follow the public footpath down the slope until you reach Arley Lane.

(3) Turn right and take care along this narrow lane, after 150m enter a fi eld on the left. Use the permissive fi eld edge path until you come to the metal pedestrian gate.

(4) Don’t use the gate, instead follow the direction of the fingerpost pointing you across the field. Head through the hedge and follow the footpath across the fi eld, through another hedge line and onto the stile in the next hedge.

(5) Cross the stile and turn left, go through the metal pedestrian gate and arrive onto Nib Green Road. Follow Nib Green Road back to the start point.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 101m - Pound Green Village Hall
1 : km 1.35 - alt. 128m - Small forest path
2 : km 2.05 - alt. 117m - Crossroads
3 : km 3.16 - alt. 54m - Narrow lane
4 : km 3.55 - alt. 55m - Gate
5 : km 4.29 - alt. 92m - Stile
D/A : km 4.89 - alt. 101m - Pound Green Village Hall

Useful Information

Some road walking, forest tracks and farmland.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

ooking at the settlement of Pound Green it is, perhaps, more accurate to refer to the whole area as a settled landscape rather than a settlement. Houses and cottages are scattered around the edge of both the Common and the edge of Wyre Forest, with other smallholdings and traditional orchards nestled within small enclosed areas of the Common and woodland clearings.

The Common is a natural heathland environment and classed as a Site of Special Scientifi c Interest (SSSI). As such, it is a protected habitat for the Noble Chaffer Beetle. In order to maintain and restore the SSSI value of the common, managed grazing takes place.

During the 17th century surface coal was mined in the area, a small brook in Seckley Wood known locally as ‘Stinking Ditch’ achieved this notorious label due to the odour of sulphur coming from the water rising through coal measures.

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