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Codsall, Gunstone and Bilbrook Butterfly is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Brewood, Staffordshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 600 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash



Bird watching



Over grown

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Getting There

The Codsall, Gunstone and Bilbrook 'Butterfly' walk is a figure of eight route the outline of which looks very much like a butterfly. The circular nature of the walk means that it can be joined at any point and if followed completely will bring you back to the point at which you started. It is also suitable for those holidaying on the Shropshire Union Canal as it touches the canal. Additionally, it is easily cut short or completed in sections. The route uses paths and bridleways along which there are many stiles and kissing gates. Some of the horse paddocks have electric fencing which you will need to unhook (via the insulated handles) to pass through. There are also some short stretches along country lanes, but these are either very quiet or have broad verges along which to walk. There are a lot of animals on the route including horses, sheep and a few cows. There are several signs asking walkers to keep dogs on a leash. Most paths are well trodden and signposted, but can be boggy in parts and overgrown in other places.

As a circular route the 'Butterfly' can be joined at any point, but you can start and finish the walk at St. Nicholas Church, the parish church of Codsall. There is not much parking at St Nicholas, so you can park on the free car park in the village centre near to the station and outside the Co-operative supermarket. The walk however, starts and finishes at St Nicholas. If you park at the Co-op, walk out of the car park and turn left. Walk past the shops and the Bull pub on your right and then the Crown on your left. Walk through the pedestrian lane with the Nationwide and Lloyds chemist on your right. As you reach the main road you should be able to see St Nicholas church at the top of Church Lane in front of you. Codsall is easily accessible by road, bus and train; parking is free. The post code for the vicarage, which is close to the church is WV81EH. OS Explorer map 219 Start and finish point SO 866 041

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Jodie Davies
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HikingOver grown

Tried this trail this morning for something different for us and two labradors. Huge disappointment. The paths are overgrown and full of nettles. We’ve been stung all over. Got to the part after the field to the stile 10m on the left to find we couldn’t get through the brambles to the public right of way! Gave up and walked the road way back to the church. Worst part was that dogs had to be on a lead even in the fenced off pathway. Might be nice if it was maintained but at the moment this is difficult. Thank goodness for Doc leaves!!

Patrick Greatrix
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First to Review

excellant walk with good defined paths and new stiles

Helen Rowe
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