Shustoke to Dumble Wood and Back

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Our walk starts at the Plough Pub, Shustoke, situated on the B4114 to Coleshill and within easy reach of Birmingham and the NEC. We almost immediately leave the village to cross agricultural land and quiet lanes. We cross farmland and walk parallel to a quiet stream where wild deer have been spotted, then make our way around Dumble Wood. Back across the stream, we head to the Metlins and along to Church End. Maybe we stop at The Plough pub? We then continue to walk along the very popular Shustoke Reservoir, which has a resident sailing club, before arriving back at our walk start.

England - Central England - Warwickshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
1/19/2022 - Anthony Carroll

Walked part of this (points 1-3 & 8-11) mid-January 2022. Started at Shustoke Reservoir car park (£1 all day.) We had planned to keep almost entirely to lanes considering the expected clag this time of year. But we decided to risk the Heart of England Way section from Point 8. This turned out to be a good lunch spot, as recognised by an enterprising robin. No problem up to point 10, with extensive views across Birmingham & beyond. But the “cattle funnels” in the next two fields put the kybosh on our aim to keep boots clean. We would have done better going from 10 to 11 via Shawbury Lane. As it was we omitted point 12, using the pavement on Church Rd to rejoin the H of EW.

10/15/2016 - Angela and Tom McCarthy

We did this walk in October 2016. Unfortunately the footpaths at the beginning of the walk took us across fields which farmers had not maintained the footpaths. The fields were thankfully dry and the latter part of the walk was very pleasant. Walk instructions were very clear.

6/17/2012 - Debra Wyatt

This is a lovely dog friendly walk. All of the stiles to point 11 have been replaced with kissing and normal gates and when we walked only 2 of the fields had livestock in. The others were crops so the dogs were off the leads most of the time. It was muddy in places but we have had a lot of rain this year. Would definitely do this walk again.

2/23/2011 - Jan Holtham

Most of the stiles have now been replaced by gates or kissing gates. We took a wrong turn at the start of section 3 (our fault for not following the directions as stated!) so missed all of that part and picked it up at beginning of section 4. Therefore I cannot comment on whether the stiles are still there or not, on that section. However, the only stile we saw was from the car park of the Griffin Pub (end of section 11). You don't even need to climb it as there is a well trodden path to a gap in the hedge to the left. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and will repeat it when the bluebells are out. But the snowdrops were lovely to see en route.

11/26/2010 - Jacqueline Hewitt

A really lovely walk in late spring. Dumble Wood is small but beautiful and the Spring Bluebells are gorgeous.

2/8/2010 - David Barker

A lovely walk with lots of birdlife - we saw a woodpecker midway through. Some of the fields can be very muddy after rain - the last couple of fields have been badly rutted by a tractor.

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