Habberley Valley Circular Walk
With no stiles and clear
waymarking throughout, access and finding your way is no problem.
The nature reserve is buzzing and blooming with wildlife activity,
from raptors soaring overhead to delicate butterflies flitting
around pretty purple Heather. Woodpeckers are often seen and heard,
trees are ever changing, and Bluebells and other flowers brighten
up the woodlands in spring. Whatever time of year you visit, there
is bird song and colour all around.
It's a bit of a slog walking up
through the woods as you leave the nature reserve, but it really is
well worth the effort for what is to follow. Farmland animals are
sometimes grazing the pastures, held in by ancient hedgerows and
vast old oak trees. The panoramic views as you go over the brow of
the hill are spectacular, even on a dull day. On a clear day you
can see over 15 miles to the outline of the Birmingham plateau and
the urbanised limestone ridge of Dudley and the Black
Bubbling water from Honey Brook can be heard before you see
this tributary of the River Stour. The path winds its way alongside
this picturesque little stream for a short while. Following an
ancient farm track, the route then skirts close to a group of rock
houses carved into a sandstone cliff. You can still clearly make
out the doors and windows, even though they haven't been lived in
The clear bridleway then leads
you back between the golf course and fields to Low Habberley and
the nature reserve, with a few steps down a short steep
This land was once covered by a
shallow sea depositing much of the red sandstone that forms the
underlying geology and soils. As the glaciers in the north melted,
the valley was carved out and formed the rivers we are exploring
today. In medieval times the area was part of the large expanse of
the Royal Forests with enclosed farmland and unenclosed common
pasture you can still see remnants of today.
Start at Habberley Valley Local
Nature Reserve on B4190, Wolverley to Bewdley road. 2 ½ miles
/ 4km, approx 1 ½ - 2 hours. Grid reference:
Additional Facilities and
- Free car park
- Summer Visitor
- Information boards
- No stiles and 6
- A couple of sections can become
muddy after rain.
- There are linking paths from
Habberley and Franche
- GPS ref: DY115RH
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OS Landranger 138. Download Habberley
Valley Circular Walk leaflet (PDF).
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This page was last reviewed 7 August 2013 at 15:34.
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