Clent Hills walk

Start: Walton Hill car park

Finish: Walton Hill car park

Length: 8 km / 5 miles

Weather: Dull and damp

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I had the option of either shopping in the Merry Hill Centre or going for a walk. I chose the latter and whilst one half of Birmingham and the Midlands went to Merry Hill, it felt like the other half went for a walk up Clent.

I based my ramble on the AA No Through Road walk number 108. Fortunately this takes in some of the quieter and less well-know parts of the Clent Hills and I extended it slightly to Calcot Hill and the back of Walton (or possibly the front of Walton, which ever way you look at it).

 

AA No Through Road, walk number 108, Clent Hills.

aa no through road walk

 

After a short walk from the car park in Walton Hill Road, climb over a stile and follow the path downhill before reaching a lane.

clent hills walk

 

Walk past St Kenelm's church on the right.

clent hills walk

 

The church is dedicated to a boy who became king at the age of seven. But his ambitious sister, Quendreda, had him murdered by her lover whilst out on a hunting trip. It is said that he was killed on the spot where the church now stands.

clent hills walk

 

The timber framed porch was built during the Perpendicular Period, between 1350 and 1530.

clent hills walk

 

After the church, a very muddy stroll through several fields and uphill, brings you out on a lane by the very popular and very busy NT Nimmings car park.

clent hills walk

 

The steps up through Nimmings Woods.

clent hills walk

 

On the top ridge of Clent.

clent hills walk

 

The Four Stone, once known as the Stonehenge of the Midlands! Not really, it is merely a folly built in the mid-18th century.

four stones clent

 

The view from the top of Clent of Wychbury Hill and monument, also Hagley Castle. Both are also follies.

clent hills walk

 

There are fine views from Clent on a good day. Malvern, Bredon and the Cotswolds to the south; Wales and Clee to the west; The Black Country to the north. Unfortunately not today. But the toposcope pinpoints everything you should be able to see.

clent toposcope

 

The view across to Deep Wood.

deep wood

 

In Deep Wood.

deep wood

 

The sharp, muddy hair-pin bend taken in Deep Wood.

deep wood

 

The second church of the day, St. Leonard's, Clent.

st leonards church clent hills walk

 

Walton Pool Lane was very wet, with a torrent of water running down one side of it

walton Pool Lane

 

...and a large puddle blocking the way further up the Lane

walton Pool Lane

 

...but luckily the route takes you through the stile on the left.

walton Pool Lane

 

The track takes you past The Foresters.

walton Pool Lane

 

A track across the fields.

walton Hill

 

Another muddy track.

walton Hill

 

I've never seen this stone near to Calcothill Farm before, which is unusual because the plaque says it has been there for several million years!

Calcothill Farm

 

Calcothill Farm plaque

 

The next section of the walk reminds me of Hobbiton.

Calcot hill

 

Calcot hill

 

Calcot hill

 

Calcot hill

 

In stark contrast to Clent, the top of Walton was deserted.

Walton hill

 

The hill was once the scene of fierce fighting between the Britons and the Romans, where the Romans were driven down into the valley and put to sword.

Walton hill

 

Walton hill