Bournheath - Drayton Pools - Belbroughton - Bournheath

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Starting from Pepper Wood, 20km from Birmingham city centre and 4km from Bromsgrove, the walk follows The Monarch's Way (also a bridleway; horses can make the paths muddy). The path leads to Nutnells Wood. Keep your eyes and ears open for birds, waterfowl on the pools and woodpeckers in the woods. In spring the bluebells should be out. Cross farmland to Drayton Pool, used by anglers. Nearby is a public house, a short diversion past the Cricket Bat shop! Belbroughton is a quintessential English village, with a few shops, pubs, church and school. The community centre tennis-courts are well-attended. The path returns to Pepper Wood, with good views of the surrounding countryside, especially on a clear day. Keep your eyes open to spot the residents of the birdboxes up in Pepper Wood.

England - Central England - Worcestershire - Countryside


Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
2/8/2015 - Adrian Mabe

A very enjoyable walk, helped by unbroken sunshine after the fog cleared mid morning. We had no problems with the route finding, but you do need your wits about you when going through Hurst Farm at 22/23. We did not see the rope across the path and on 22/23 we could not entirely reconcile the route description with what we were seeing, but we must have been right as the path took us to the Dingle at 24.

6/9/2013 - David Harrington

Great walk apart from not dog friendly. We have chocolate labrador and had to lift her over 3 stiles. Of course the first one was after a pond which had been swimming in so all of us got wet. Despite this would highly recommend.

4/11/2011 - Keith Fellows

Excellent walk but some of the stiles might cause difficulty if you're a little less than agile (or have a dog with you!)

3/26/2007 - Peter Meredith

My wife (Janet) and I did this walk yesterday. Pleasant spring weather with some brief patches of sunshine. An excellent walk, fine variety of scenery and woodland. The bluebell season would be a perfect time to do it again. Belbroughton is perfect for lunch - either eat your own sandwiches in the churchyard, or (like us) detour to one of the three pubs. Two amendments to make - (1) At point 15 the stile has been replaced by an attractive wrought iron gate (2) At point 22 there is a rope across the path - ignore it, duck under and continue. Highly recommended.

9/3/2006 - karl noon

Great walk, plenty of variety. We did this walk on very windy and damp day but it was still very enjoyable. Would definitely highly recommend.

5/8/2006 - Nicola Scott

I did this walk on a glorious day in April, and found it excellent! There was a nice mixture of woodland, fields and a few gentle slopes...the only problem was a lack of nice places to sit to eat my sandwiches. Definitely a walk I am going to return to. I did have a slight navigational problem towards the end of the walk at step 22, where the path has a rope across it! My best solution was to duck under the rope and carry on. Highly recommended.

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