Kinver Edge circular walk

A short Staffordshire walk that includes the chance to visit the Holy Austin Rock Houses that are preserved by the National Trust. The route uses generally well-signed paths although a good ense of direction is useful in this area.

Technical sheet
No. 293251
A Kinver walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 27/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h20[?]
Distance Distance : 4.19mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 459ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 453ft
Highest point Highest point : 522ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 272ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Kinver
Starting point Starting point : N 52.450563° / W 2.242816°
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(D/A) The start is the National Trust carpark on Compton Road just to the west of the centre of Kinver village (grid ref. SO836836). From the car park follow the waymarks up to the viewpoint. After enjoying the view walk south-west along the edge soon joining the Staffordshire Way. After 800 metres you reach a junction with the North Worcestershire Path with a convenient bench close by the junction (grid ref. SO829822). Turn left here are follow the North Worcestershire Path downhill for 150 metres and a cross path. Turn right and follow the path to reach the road in Blakeshall (grid ref. SO831813).

(1) Continue down this lane in a southerly direction and turn right along a track to pass in front of Blakeshall House Lodge (which is on your right) to reach Solcum Lane (grid ref. SO829811). Turn right and almost immediately bear right on the waymarked path initially heading north-east but soon bearing left to reach a junction with the North Worcestershire Path (grid ref. SO825812). Turn right here and follow the path for just over a kilometre to reach the path junction passed earlier at grid ref. SO829822.

(2) Turn left and continue downhill for about 50 metres. Then turn right passing Nanny's Rock Cave and keeping ahead at all path junctions to return to the car park(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 308ft - Car park
1 : mi 1.54 - alt. 361ft - Continue down the lane
2 : mi 3.1 - alt. 443ft - Turn left
D/A : mi 4.19 - alt. 315ft

Useful Information

Located in South Staffordshire near the border with Worcestershire, Kinver Edge is a high heath and woodland escarpment owned by the National Trust just west of Kinver, about four miles west of Stourbridge. This walk offers the opportunity to visit the Holy Austin Rock Cottages which are cliff houses cut out of the red sandstone.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.08/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4.75/5

on Mon 19 Oct 2020 18:17:23 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 22/09/20
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

The Cave houses are at the very end (or the beginning!) Leading up to it is a "good" walk - not fantastic but easily followed

on Mon 06 Jan 2020 14:17:14 CET

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 31/12/19
Description quality : Average
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

Lovely walk. Very little on roads which is good with dogs. Found some of the description confusing, switching from using "left" and "right" to "south easterly" etc. And some of the distances were not accurate.
We are proficient map readers and had OS map with us as a back up. Map route was accurate enough so probably did not need them.
Worth visiting the Rock Houses too.
Would do it again, very enjoyable.

on Fri 02 Nov 2018 20:59:56 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 02/11/18
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a lovely walk. We didn't exactly follow the route but started by going past the rock houses (you have to be members of National Trust to go inside them), then lovely views all round, especially along the top of Kinver Edge.

on Mon 30 Apr 2018 14:21:10 CEST

Dear Elena,

Thank you for your feedback. If you have any suggestions of how we can improve the walk description, please do let us know, so we can make it as clear as possible for future walkers To print the map, it is very simple, simply click on "Download sheet and map" at the top of the walk description and you will be able to download a PDF file, with the walk description on page 1 of the PDF and the map on the second page.

Best wishes,


on Mon 30 Apr 2018 10:08:56 CEST

Global average : 3.5 / 5

Date of walk : 29/04/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Easiness to follow the route : N/A
Walk interest : Very good

I loved the area but the route description was not very detailed and at times I had to proceed according to my common sense, or go back when I realised descriptions did not match the route I was on. Eventually I got lost! But managed to find my way back somehow.
I could NOT print the map (despite having registered on the website), which was definitely a drawback. How do you download and print maps?

Thank you,

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