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Catshill

Worcestershire


Slow Ways linking Catshill and Bromsgrove, Hagley, Kidderminster, Longbridge, Romsley

England / Worcestershire / Catshill

Catshill’s five Slow Ways are 90% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 4/5
and surveyed: 4/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Catshill—Longbridge
Catlon one Pioneer me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 167m Descent 215m
Catshill—Longbridge
Catlon two Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Catshill—Romsley
Catrom one Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 121m Descent 215m
Catshill—Romsley
Catrom two Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 218m Descent 121m
Catshill—Bromsgrove
Catsbro one Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 48m Descent 15m
Hagley—Catshill
Hagcat one Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 194m Descent 166m
Hagley—Catshill
Hagcat two Enjoy me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Kidderminster—Catshill
Kidcat one

Double check Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 237m Descent 148m

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Collective progress

69% of Catshill’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

8/8

drawn

6/8

reviewed

4/8

surveyed

4/8

verified

6 people have contributed to Catshill’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Catshill

58km out of 81km have been walked and reviewed

123km of reviews have been shared in Catshill

Latest Updates

Samuel Jack surveyed Hagcat two

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The first part from Catshill to Belbroughton was mostly off road, whilst from Belbroughton to Hagley was mostly on quiet country or suburban roads. The off road section was mostly firm going, with just a couple of brief muddy sections around the Pepper woods....

Samuel Jack

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Hugh Hudson surveyed Catrom two

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Hugh Hudson surveyed Catlon two

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Good facilities, loo and cafe half way at Lickey Hills plus lots more along the way. A short section of road passes a cafe plus other facilities then a climb into the Lickey Hills and the Visitor Centre which has all facilities including outdoor table tennis....

Ken

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David Sanderson took this photo on Catrom two

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It's direct and is as off road as it can but the main problem is with delinquent landowners who have left stiles to rot and break apart....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Catlon two

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Shops and stops sprinkled throughout the route, including the Lickey Hills Country Park Visitors Centre, which is the highlight of the walk (the park that is)....

David Sanderson

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Poor stiles, a failure to reinstate across plough, traffic noise from the motorway but there are also some good bits especially the excellent views on the approach to Romsley. The crossing of Sandy Lane (A491) was perhaps hampered by the road works creating slow moving and blocks of traffic. Money Lane was quite busy, it had a verge but this did involve criss crossing to the best on offer. Approaching the second motorway crossing there is an attractive clump of trees on a hill which suggests an ancient burial mound....

Ken

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A little further on we take the sharp right turn onto the path that leads to Lickey Square, and from there we follow pavements into Catshill and the meeting point at the war memorial (the bench was inaccessible yesterday due to road works....

Hugh Hudson

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Catshill—Longbridge

David Sanderson added Catlon two, a new walk from Catshill to Longbridge

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From the war memorial in Catshill, we follow the pavement over the M5 bridge, then take the path right (we have to cross a crash barrier) into the field. We go sharp left at the farm then right to cross fields to reach Mill Lane, which we follow right round the corner then take the path straight on by the stream. At the A491 (Sandy Lane) we cross and follow the verge right (the old lane straight on is too overgrown to be useable)....

Hugh Hudson

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Catshill—Romsley

Hugh Hudson added Catrom two, a new walk from Catshill to Romsley

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Hugh Hudson surveyed Catsbro one

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This is a straightforward route that follows a single busy highway via the associated footpath linking Catshill with Brimsgrove. The only respite from the traffic is a short stretch of segregated cycle path....

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The wanderlost surveyor took this photo on Catsbro one

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However, for the portion of the route out of Kidderminster, specifically at Kidderminster Golf Course, and between Dunclent and Mustow Green, associated waymarking signage regarding private property and trespassing can be intimidating....

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The wanderlost surveyor took this photo on Kidcat one

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We follow the lane right over the south top of Romsley Hill, then down left at the junction with Winwood Heath Road. We turn right onto Bromsgrove Road, then cross and turn left up a surfaced lane. The map suggests that the right of way goes straight through the farmyard, but this route is blocked beyond the farm and the new but inadequately signposted Monarchs Way route follows the lane right of the farmyard then through a wood left and over a stile to rejoin the old "path", which goes through muddy fields to an obvious underpass under the M5. Beyond the motorway we cross a stream left then turn right across an open field to reach the busy A491 (Sandy Lane). The GPX plotting is lazy here - we follow the Monarchs Way sign left immediately beyond the junction and cross the car park to find the path right that leads back to the stream, where we go left and follow the path, crossing more slightly awkward stiles to emerge on Mill Lane, Here we go straight on and follow the road round to the right. Our path leaves the farm road to the right earlier than the GPX file suggests, and goes right along the far side of the first field (planted with vegetables when I did it)....

Hugh Hudson

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Walked from Catshill to Bromsgrove, the final part of a long walk from Sandwell & Dudley via Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Halesowen and Romsley....

Hugh Hudson

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I did the walk starting from Catshill to Hagley and, apart from a steep climb up steps shortly after leaving Catshill the stretch up to Pepper Wood is a very pleasant mix of field paths and lanes. There is also a 2 hourly bus linking either back to Catshill and on to Bromsgrove or on to Hagley and Stourbridge....

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Hagley—Catshill

David Sanderson added Hagcat two, a new walk from Hagley to Catshill

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Following the pavement of the "Salt Road" (Stourbridge Road) it takes you directly to Catshill....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Catsbro one

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Prior to crossing the M5 using a footbridge there is a marvellous view back across Catshill, so there is a reward. The route from the other side of the motorway is a series of footpaths through fields, crossing the occasional lane on the way. The section around Pepper Wood was particularly bad, the path had clearly been rerouted, possibly because the original had collapsed into the stream. The walk from Belbroughton is quite different, following pavements, quiet lanes, farm tracks and crossing the occasional playing field....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Hagcat two

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Catshill

Ash Turner surveyed Catshill

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Catshill—Longbridge

Slow Ways added Catlon one, a new walk from Catshill to Longbridge

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Catshill—Romsley

Slow Ways added Catrom one, a new walk from Catshill to Romsley

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Catshill—Bromsgrove

Slow Ways added Catsbro one, a new walk from Catshill to Bromsgrove

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Hagley—Catshill

Slow Ways added Hagcat one, a new walk from Hagley to Catshill

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Kidderminster—Catshill

Slow Ways added Kidcat one, a new walk from Kidderminster to Catshill

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Catshill, Wed 19 June

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Catshill’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SO9567273629

Lat / Lon

52.36071° / -2.06497°

Easting / Northing

395,672E / 273,629N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Catshill's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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