This National Trust owned woodland escarpment has miles of good walking trails to try. It's excellent walking country with lovely heathland, woodland trails and magnificent views over the surrounding Staffordshire and Worcestershire countryside. The sandstone ridge also includes an Iron Age Hill Fort and fascinating red sandstone formations. You can stop and admire the views from a number of seats dotted along the ridge top path.
This circular walk around the site starts from the parking area off Compton Road next to the Holy Austin Rock. You then follow a nice way marked trail along Kinver Edge to Nanny's Rock. You can actually explore this fascinating sandstone rock house with its five empty rooms and the 'devil's' chimney.
Just after Nanny's Rock the path heads north east through some pretty bluebell woods before returning to Holy Austin Rock House. This rock house has been restored by the National Trust so you can see how it would have looked when people lived in them. The houses are carved right into the rock and were inhabited right up until the 1960s.
The area is great for wildlife watching with highlights including green hairstreak butterflies, willow warbler and cuckoo. It's also great for flora with yellow gorse and lovely purple heather in the late summer months.
The long distance Staffordshire Way, Worcestershire Way and North Worcestershire Path all pass the site. You can easily pick up any of these trails to extend your walking in the area. Heading south will take you through Kingsford Country Park to Drakelow where there is a small multivallate Iron Age hillfort. Continuing along the Worcestershire Way will take you to Shatterford Lakes Wildlife Sanctuary, Eymore Wood and Trimpley Reservoir.
Heading north from the edge along the Staffordshire Way will take you to Enville. Cookley village on the River Stour can be also be easily reached by descending along the North Worcestershire Path. These are all nice places to visit if you feel like stretching your legs further.
For cyclists National Cycle Network Route 54 passes through Cookley just to the east of the site. If you are coming from Kidderminster you could follow the route north to Cookley and then follow country lanes east to each Kinver Edge.
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Kinver Edge Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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At the site there's a lovely National Trust tea room selling a good range of meals and snacks.
The area is ideal for dog walking with miles of good country and woodland trails to try. Kingsford Country Park to the south is also a popular area for dog walkers so you're bound to bump into other owners on your outing. In the National Trust Rock House Gardens there are water bowls although they do need to be kept on a lead in this area. The NT cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Kidderminster Canal Walk visits the site from the nearby town. It first follows the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal to Kinver before heading up to the Edge and then descending into the adjacent Kingsford Forest Country Park. At the end of the route there's a fine canalside pub to enjoy too.
The Kinver Canal Walk also starts in the village and will take you north along the canal to link with the circular Wombourne Railway Walk.
Just to the south west of the site you can pick up the Habberley Valley Circular Walk. This will take you around a lovely nature reserve with woodland, grassland and heathland to explore.
A few miles to the south west there's the expansive Wyre Forest where you can visit the woodland trails at the Button Oak Meadow Nature Reserve and enjoy a variety of interesting flora and fauna.
For more walking ideas in the county see the Staffordshire Walks page.