Have you discovered all the hidden treasures Dudley has to offer? From internationally recognised nature reserves to scenic canals and historic architecture – there are secrets Dudley keeps for those who are willing to get out there and walk.
It’s the best way to appreciate the true beauty and uniqueness of the Borough, so lace up your walking boots and join the Dudley Trail this Sunday, 3rd May!
Whether you’re a seasoned rambler looking to test your stamina and skill with some challenging terrain, or someone wanting a gentler plod to discover some of the prettiest spots in our region, this event really does offer it all.
As one of the longest running events in the Borough of Dudley, 2015 celebrates 35 years of the Dudley Trail – and is still going strong.
There are 5 routes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty that allow everyone the opportunity to take part at their own pace. So whether you want to dash or dawdle – there’s a path perfect for you!
Routes start with a gentle 6 miler, followed by a fairly flat 9 mile route, then increasing to 12, 18 and 26 mile routes taking participants all over the Borough of Dudley.
It is a completely safe event with checkpoints, basic refreshments and first aid support provided.
If you’re community minded – why not walk the Dudley Trail for charity? Raise funds for the trail partner Action Heart, or choose a charity close to your own heart, while you raise your heart rate.
To help, there’s a sponsorship form that you can download and print here.
All walks start and end at Dudley Leisure Centre, Wellington Road, Dudley, DY1 1UH
There’s a little more info on each of the walks below, but FULL DETAILS and information on SIGNING UP for the Dudley Trail can be found here.
6 Miles – Start times: 11.00 am to 12.00 noon
A gentle, family walk from Dudley Leisure Centre to Saltwells Nature Reserve, one of the UK’s largest urban nature reserves highly commended for its woodland management, bluebell woodland, woodland birds, dragonflies, orchids and more.
9 Miles – Start times: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
This is a very ‘walker friendly’ route on mostly flat terrain covering mainly canal towpaths. Walkers are guided alongside Parkhead locks, follows the Stourbridge Canal to the Waterfront adjacent to Merry Hill and the famous Delph locks and then returns to Dudley via Fens Pools, Barrow Hill and Russells Hall Park.
12 Miles – Start times: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
This walk takes participants on a slightly more strenuous route through Russells Hall and Sedgley Hall Farm Park towards Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve, Dudley’s classic geological site of exceptional importance and home to 700 different types of fossil including the world famous ‘trilobite’ – the Dudley Bug!
18 Miles – Start times: 8.00 am to 10.00 am
This walk heads down to Queens Cross before joining the Dudley Canal. The route then visits picturesque Mushroom Green, passing the historic Chainmakers shop. The walk then takes an urban feel towards Foxcote checkpoint. Following this the walk crosses the fields between Wychbury Hill and Norton Covert (the site of a prehistoric desert and icy wasteland) before leading onto woodland and canal towpaths. Next this trail heads towards the Fens Pool Nature Reserve with its fantastic vista of the largest open water in landlocked Dudley. The walk then joins the Pensnett Railway Walk before leaving it at Barrow Hill (site of the Dudley Volcano) passing through Russells Hall Estate and winding its way back to the Leisure Centre.
26 Miles – Start times: 8.00 am to 10.00 am
This follows the same path as the 18 mile walk but continues from the Barrowhill checkpoint back onto the Railway Walk, eventually emerging just a few hundred yards from the World Famous Glynne Arms(Crooked House) . The walk then continues back through the Cotwall End Valley heading up to Sedgley Beacon with its views for miles over the whole of the Midlands and its neighbouring counties. A little urban walking leads you down to the beginning of Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve with its Geological places of interest before emerging back close to Dudley Town.