Wyre, Forest of Discovery is one of the largest ancient Oak woodlands in England and a haven for wildlife. This
walk has been developed as a partnership between the Forestry Commission and Worcestershire County Council. Follow the ‘Wyre butterfly’ logo from the notice board at Dog Lane Car Park in Bewdley for a walk that will keep you off the beaten track.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Follow the waymarks out of the car park and over Dowles Road using the pedestrian crossing. Turning left, take care on the narrow footpath and head up Welch Gate, continue on this road until you come to a slope and steps on your right hand side.Continue up this enclosed track known as ‘Racks Alley’ for approximately 550m, until you come out on Yew Tree Lane.
(1) Turn left and head along Yew Tree Lane until you come to the cross roads. Taking care, cross the road and continue on Yew Tree Lane. After 130m, look out for the public footpath on the right hand side of the road, follow this to Coniston Way.
(2) Turn left on Coniston Way and then follow the road around to the right. Look out for the waymark post on the grass verge.
(3) Go through the bollards on your left and enter Hop Pole Lane. Turn left and then after 100m turn right onto Tanners Hill. Follow Tanners Hill for 700m until you reach a cattle grid and gate. Go through the gate and follow the public right of way for 800m.
(4) Take care to follow the Wyre butterfly logo at this location. The track now heads south along a section that the landowner, The Guild of St George, has granted permissive access. Follow the waymarked track along the edge of the wood. After 500m, the track turns right, again follow the waymarkers until you come to a wooden gate. Follow the permissive waymarkers onto land owned by the Forestry Commission, follow the Wyre Butterfly logo for 150m until you come to another track.
(5) Turn left, walking uphill for 400m and then turn right. Follow the waymarkers through the forest until you come to the 'Wyre, Forest of Discovery' buildings, and the end of your walk. If you choose to walk back to Bewdley, simply retrace your steps or use the 292 bus service. The bus stop is on the A456 outside the Wyre, Callow Hill car park.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 92ft - Dog Lane car park
1 : mi 0.51 - alt. 279ft - Yew Tree Lane
2 : mi 0.74 - alt. 292ft - Coniston Way
3 : mi 0.84 - alt. 305ft - Hop Pole Lane
4 : mi 1.67 - alt. 322ft - Track
5 : mi 2.44 - alt. 443ft - St John's Lane
D/A : mi 6.36 - alt. 92ft - Dog Lane car park
Parking : Parking is available at Bewdley Dog Lane car park and Wyre, Callow Hill car park, (parking charges apply at each location) or use bus service 292. For local timetable information call traveline 0871 200 22 33. www.traveline.org.uk
Gates and stiles : 2 kissing gates, no stiles. Terrain: Some urban walking, one steep section including steps, quiet lanes and woodland walking, and a short section of road walking.
Waymarking : Simply follow the ‘Wyre butterfly’ logo and directional arrows and you won’t get lost.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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