Phil Revell

Benthall Woods from Broseley
Easy and pleasant walk from the High Street in Broseley around Benthall and back. I walk this route at least once a week. It is an ever changing and beautiful walk that reminds me how privileged I am to live in Broseley. If you are quiet, and lucky, you may see deer - or badgers in the evening.

(below: Ironbridge from Pattens Rock)

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Route Information
4.3 miles (7kilometres)
Some steep sections. Muddy in places.
At a moderate pace this should take approximately two hours inc. stops.
Park in the Library / Health Centre free car park in Broseley centre (
TF12 5EL).
Public toilets – none after Broseley centre.

Benthall Woods from Broseley
I walk this route at least once a week. It is ever changing and beautiful walk that reminds how privileged I am to live in Broseley. If you are quiet, and lucky, you may see deer – or badgers in the evening.

Route Information
5-6 miles
Some steep sections. Muddy in places.
At a moderate pace this should take approximately two hours inc. stops.
Park in the Library / Health Centre Car park in Broseley centre (free).
Public toilets – none after Broseley centre.

Walk instructions
Leave the car park and walk up the High Street.
At the mini roundabout at the top of the High Street, fork left and stay on the High Street past the Lion Pub, launderette and bank.
Cross to the right hand footway and walk past some sheltered housing.
Turn right at the crossroads into Cape Street.
Keep straight on past the next junction into King Street, then turn left onto a footpath by a patch of waste ground.
(Staying on King Street for a hundred yards further on at this point takes you to the Broseley Pipe museum)
The footpath leads to Botswell Bank, which I think is misspelt, it should be Boswell Bank; the well is inside the garden of the first house to your left.
Walk down Boswell Bank; this is a Broseley ‘jitty’, one of a network of paths in the area.
At the bottom of the jitty turn right onto Speeds Lane. Walk past the cottages and down the lane until the road turns sharply right uphill. Do not go up the hill but:
Turn left into another jitty, and follow this to Bridge Road.
Turn right down Bridge Road for 100 metres.
At a clear fork in the road take the left turn up into the Mines, passing a new housing development on the site of the old paint works.
Follow the road for approximately 75 metres, then take a short track down badly worn steps to your right. Cross Spout Lane at the bottom of the steps, and walk up what looks like a private drive (it isn’t) to Bailiff’s Cottage.
30mins

Pass the cottage and enter the woods through a kissing gate. Ignore tracks to the left and right and pass a marker post before following the main track to the right. An alternative route crosses a stile to your left.
You are now on a well made track that passes a viewpoint before descending steeply to a junction of paths. The right hand steps take you down to Ironbridge; you stay on the main path that becomes narrower and can be muddy.
Follow this track through the woods, across a couple of boardwalks and two streams, until you reach a clearing with another junction of paths.
45 minutes

Take the right hand path down the steps and across a bridge over a stream.
Follow the track until it turns left up a steepish hill. At this point turn and see if you can see where the stream disappears into a swallow hole. Turn again and climb the steep hill, taking the right fork at another junction of paths.
After a short steep climb you arrive at a viewpoint over a long abandoned quarry. This is Pattens Rock, from where you can see the town of Ironbridge in the valley below – but not the bridge itself.
Take a suitable breather on the well placed bench, then ignore the stepped footpath leading down into the valley, and take the path leading away from the viewpoint along the valley edge.
Follow this footpath along the edge for approximately half a mile, ignoring left hand turns (which lead back to Spout Lane).
Enjoy the views over the Severn valley and towards the Wrekin, including the unusual view over the top of the Ironbridge cooling towers, then turn left off the path at a point marked by a Shropshire Way buzzard marker.
Follow this track between two long disused limestone quarries to Benthall Edge cottage, and follow the track to the right to a gate, and then left onto a clear bridleway between open fields.
1 hour 15 minutes

Enjoy the view over a field gate on your right. This view looks towards Much Wenlock with Caer Caradoc and the Long Mynd in the distance.
Follow the bridleway past a farm and a graveyard to the entrance to Benthall Hall.
Enjoy the beautiful Benthall Church at this point. Can you see the church's built-in beehive. The motto means: ‘out of the strong came forth sweetness’. In the graveyard see if you can find the river captain’s gravestone.
Leave the church and enter Benthall Hall meadow by the stile gate. Walk across the meadow – turning to enjoy the view of the hall – then turn right and walk down an avenue of Chestnut trees to a field gate. Go through, keeping to the track by the fence until you pass through another gate.
Follow the clear track across the next field, passing the pond with its willow to your right.
Pass through the next gate, down a clear bridle way, then turn right through a metal gate into the next field. You are now walking towards modern houses.
Take the field gate in the left hand corner of the field and follow the narrow path between houses onto a lane.
Turn right and follow the lane for approximately 100metres before turning left by a parish noticeboard into a rough field through another field gate.
Descend through the field with the 18
th Century ironmaster's house to your left (now a B&B called Benthall House).
Take care as you exit this field, as you step straight onto a main road.
Cross the road and drop down the short steps and through the gate into Penns Meadow.
Descend through the meadow, turning right onto Speeds Lane.
Follow the lane to the T junction, cross the road and follow the footpath up Barretts Hill.
1 hour 40 minutes

You now have the option of simply following the High Street back to your starting point.
Or
Turn right into Chapel Lane.
After approximately 75 metres you come to a junction; go straight ahead past an old workshop into Mill Lane.
Mill Lane is a cul-de-sac that ends in a footpath. Follow the path down to a junction where you turn right, then immediate left onto Hockley Road.
Go down Hockley Road past the Duke of York pub, then turn right onto Bridgnorth Road and you are back at the Library / Health Centre car park.

2 hours


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