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Kinver Edge and Cave Houses

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Kinver Edge and Cave Houses is a 5.3 kilometer loop trail located near Stourbridge, Staffordshire, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

5.3 km
163 m




NOTE: There is now a National Trust entrance charge to access the Rock Houses and Cafe. However, the rest of this route is accessible without visiting this attraction so you can adjust the start of the route to avoid fees should you wish. This walk is along Kinver Edge, a high heath and woodland escarpment running south from the large village of Kinver in southern Staffordshire. The walk provides truly spectacular views from the top of the escarpment. On clear days you will be able to see for around 30 miles across to the Malvern Hills. There is also chance to explore Holy Austin rock houses, dug into the sandstone rock and home to Britain's last cave dwellers through to the 1960s. The rock houses have been restored and are now managed by the National Trust. The walk includes a couple of both short-steep and longer-steadier climbs and descents. The surfaces are mainly good gravel paths but the climbs and descents through the woodland can be slippery in wet weather. A handrail is provided in the steepest section. There are no stiles and just a few kissing gates. Parts of the heath are used to graze cattle in the summer so take care with dogs. The site is owned and managed by the National Trust. Access to Kinver Edge is free and open dawn to dusk all year round. Holy Austin rock house itself has limited opening times and charges apply to go inside the recreated homes so check the National Trust website before you visit. The adjacent tea room also has limited opening hours. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the walk.

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