Moseley Old Hall and the Monarch's Way

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This walk provides the NT visitor to Moseley Old Hall with a flexible excursion, depending how much time (and energy) is available. The walk goes out in the direction said to be taken by Charles II on 8 September, 1651 when fleeing from his defeat at the Battle of Worcester a few days earlier. We reach the Wryley & Essington canal before returning by another route which passes over the outgoing one in two places. Thus walks of about 3, 6 or 9 miles may be taken, depending on circumstances. A case of 'BOGT' (‘Buy One walk, Get Three’). The full walk is rated as ‘Moderate’ on account of the distance and existence of stiles. The shorter walks should be graded as ‘Easy’. Do not be put off by the number of waypoints. Some ‘extras’ have been added to help illustrate the way more faithfully on a GPS device.

England - Central England - West Midlands - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, National Trust, Play Area, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
28/09/2018 - Nigel Tummon

CAUTION! I did part of this walk yesterday 27/09/18, and although I found it interesting with the changes in scenery, I'm sorry to say the going was far from easy. Way point 12 to 13 the path was overgrown with brambles and collapsed fencing, so had to watch for footholds and trip hazards and was unable to take in the view. At waypoint 15 the path between the farm house and barn conversions was overgrown and used to dump garden waste. At waypoint 16 I decided to shorten the route and turned right to join the route and way point 32. Way point 33 should be looked at as the path to the right is totally overgrown and is impassable without fighting with undergrowth and overgrowth. There is barbed wire fencing close to what path there is. A chainsaw and machete may have made things easier. It was lucky I had sat nav with me to find a way through. At waypoint 37 to 39 the fields had been ploughed and planted right up to the edge, which meant little room for walking other than over crops and soft ploughed ground, and to finish it off, I could not find the final stile and had to climb over a ditch full of rubbish (fly tippers). The weather was fine, it is a shame I cannot say the same for the walk.

29/01/2016 - Anthony Carroll

Did some of this walk in January as part of a lateral from Bloxwich North to Bilbrook Rail Stations. Interesting, perhaps surprisingly so. But the section from waymarks 14 to 15 is along a very busy lane with little in the way of a verge. Part of the Monarch's Way too. One wonders whether The M Way & right of way could be re-routed along what seems to have been an old lane (Old Hampton Lane.) Namely from GR 946036 via 945032 to 948032.This would avoid the worst of the above road.

26/01/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Jim Slade for his update for this walk. January 2012. Adrian (Admin)

26/01/2012 - Jim Slade

Excellent, detailed, instructions, with variations in surroundings and elevation. Thanks. Jim Slade

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