Sunday, 17 February 2013

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve


Saltwells Stroll

No. of caches - 14
Length of walk - 5 miles

This series has been on our to-do list since it was published last May as we remembered doing the Murray Grey Trail series that followed a similar route a few years ago.  We really enjoyed the walk back then and we knew it would be completely dog friendly too so we decided to take Whisper with us for the stroll today.  Poppy had to stay at home today, her foot is much better now and she no longer has the bandage but as she went on a long walk around our local wood yesterday today's walk would've been a bit much for her to manage.

Sculpture Trail

The series is set around Saltwells Local Nature Reserve.  Saltwells Local Nature Reserve is one of the UK's largest urban nature reserves covering 247 acres.

Saltwells Wood was planted by Lady Dudley in the eighteenth century to hide the scars of coal mining. The descendants of the Oak and Beech still survive and are home to many species of woodland birds.

Murray Grey

The walk is very picturesque in the woodland and if you detour to do the cache at Netherton Church there are great views to be had as far as the Black Mountains in Wales.  All caches are well hidden but easy to find with sensible hints where needed.

Panorama of Brierley Hill
We really enjoyed the walk which we completed in a little over 3 hours which included a break for lunch at Netherton Church.

Brewin's Cutting
We'd highly recommend this walk for geo-dogs as there are no dog proof stiles, it would be ideal for families too but as is about usual for everywhere at the moment the ground is very muddy underfoot in places.

Saltwells Stroll

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