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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

I would recommend doing this trail with someone because it's scary on your own

Not a bad walk with fairly easy pathways and pleasant views over to Birmingham. There is a small detour as mentioned by another reviewer at the start (or end depending which way you go) near the railway line, which is easily followed to the railway bridge and back down the other side to rejoin the route. My only small complaint would be there is far too much waking on roads, they are mostly very quiet roads, but there is a very dangerous bit where the small road joins the Atherstone Road which is busy and has no footpath and a blind bend and I wouldn’t go that way especially if you have children with you, so I found an alternative route using my OS gps on another footpath to join up the route to avoid this dangerous bit. A bit lazy I feel by the walk author who could have found alternative routes avoiding this bit. You can see on my recordings where the detour path is. All in all not a bad walk.

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over grown
private property
3 months ago

Single handedly the worst trail I've ever done. Unkept, nettles at every gate which are impossible to avoid (my legs are still tingly, it's been an hour) and it was an average view at best.

The path on this walk is a bit hit and miss, small parts are tarmac which make for easy walking with pushchairs or wheelchairs, but the path is mostly dirt track which has a lot of dips in for collecting rain water which is great fun for kids in their wellies. This canal walk cuts through the main industrial part of the Midlands and because of this it's not the most picturesque walk, but if you want some alone time with not many people around then this is the walk for you, along the walk I saw a total of 4 people on bikes.

Easy pleasant walk with plenty of benches to sit on along the way if required.

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muddy
3 months ago

A very nice trail, could have been better with some more signs to say which way we needed to go but nonetheless really enjoyed it.

The park here and trail is beautiful. They have a lovely cafe with great coffee. The biggest downfall is the people surrounding the elements. We walked past a couple of young people smoking weed within the park training their bull mastiff to bark viciously at our chihuahuas and witnessed another incident of someone kicking their puppy because it was barking. If you can catch it on a good day you’ll have a great walk.

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over grown
4 months ago

The leashes side was well maintained with wide paths, crossing Mucklow Hill takes you onto a difficult path that is narrow and overgrown, however it takes you to the very quiet Coombs Nature Reserve so it is with the battle. Nice variety of terrains.

hiking
4 months ago

Good easy walk. If you are parking at Shustoke reservoir you'll need to pay £1 in cash for all day.

Great first walk using AllTrails! Some of the walk is on country lanes without pavements so be careful, plenty of photo opportunities along the way! We now have one very tired cocker spaniel!

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muddy
4 months ago

A great walk with tranquility but the paths are very slippery in places after rain. The walk was easy to follow for most of the way, when you get to the brick structure after descending the steps it’s straight on through the next bit of wood.

hiking
4 months ago

A nice trail but not many signs along the way hence the 4 stars.

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muddy
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

The trail around the Forge Mill Lake is very good for walking or running. Unfortunately the Forge Mill Farm trail is closed.

some of it is on main roads without pavements, suggest leaving the trail and stepping into the nature reserve at the top of the first lake

I love this route. mine was slightly different combining road and trail. leasowes is a good trail and has a few different routes with different terrain.

great walk and lots of history ww2 spots

great photos to take around erlswood lakes

Great little trial, took my 2 daughters, 5 and 7, they really enjoyed seeing the wild flowers, in particular the poopy field along monarchs way, great views when you reach the quarry pool, and the old oak tree along the path to blackcat wood with some real fairy doors

hiking
6 months ago

Really pleasant walk through the woods

Great walk today + I added an extra 2 miles on at the end

hiking
6 months ago

Another great walk in the Shustoke area! Here's a bit of a longer walk in this area; overall it's a really good trek, we did make some minor adjustments to the route and one area where the path no longer exists. At the beginning of the walk you'll have to take a slight detour. As you approach the train line you'll see a sign saying that the path has now been changed. It's a pretty simple detour, just head to the top right end of the field and you'll see a brick bridge, you just need to follow the path over the bridge and to the left. It's pretty well sign posted. The rest of the walk is great, usually I'd be a bit disappointed when I find myself having to walk on the road side but most of the roads on this walk are really quiet and a real treat to walk down, they can get narrow though so you do need to be mindful of the occasional car. Most of the walk consists of farmer's fields and you'll find the map on the app comes in handy as sometimes the route isn't always obvious. What I will say though is that as you're in the final third of the walk, walking towards Atherstone Road, you'll come towards a house and just to the right of it you'll see a public footpath leading along side a tall fence. We decided to take a chance and try this path instead as we didn't fancy carrying on down the road. The path hasn't been walked that often and was a little overgrown but it did feel like more of an adventure; plus you'll see some truly stunning houses. A small warning though; there is a part where you'll need to crouch and shimmy down a bit of an embankment but it's all smooth sailing after that. Overall; great walk and one I'll definitely be returning to!

An excellent walk in a very picturesque area. This trail mainly consists of paths through farmer's fields and walking alongside streams, creeks and brooks. To make things better there are two different pubs on this Trail; stop off half way for a rejuvenating pint at The Griffin Inn or have a celebratory pint at The Plough at the end of the trail. I opted for The Plough and it was a lovely pub. Depending on how the weather has been you can expect some fields to be quite muddy, mainly due to roaming cattle but nothing too difficult to navigate. Overall I couldn't recommend this walk enough, and to top it all off along the path you'll be enthralled by the distinctive smell of wild garlic.

Another walk where the use of the map comes in handy as paths over fields can be indistinct. Managed to see a Highland cattle.

Lovely walk near heart of Birmingham

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