Walk 1451 - printer friendly version
The Dudmaston Estate near Bridgnorth Walk
Author - Peter Lane
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Ascent - 450 feet / 136 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference SO755889
Lat 52.49745 + Long -2.3623131
Postcode WV15 6QN (approx. location only)
This walk takes advantage of both public rights of way and National Trust permissive paths that surround Dudmaston Hall. These enable the walker to enjoy delightful views of the Hall from across the ornamental lake, see some of the more neglected areas of the estate and stroll along the River Severn.
Park near the saw mill at the side of the road (Grid ref. SO755889), or alternatively park in the Dudmaston Hall car park if you intend to visit the Hall. Cross a stile opposite the saw mill into a field and turn almost immediately left and follow the path down the field, keeping the hedge to the right, until reaching Wall Pool. A narrow strip of land bridges Wall Pool and Seggy Pool. Cross over and turn left along Seggy Pool and reach Brim Pool. At the end of Brim Pool turn left (not shown as a right of way on OS map, but clear enough on the ground) and reach the A442.
Cross carefully and negotiate a stile opposite leading shortly into the less neglected part of the estate. Permissive paths (not shown on OS maps) lead along the banks of Dudmaston Big Pool affording magnificent views of the Hall and boat house. Follow the banks of the Big Pool as far as possible, then ascend the small rise up to Rookery Cottage. A stile here leads to a footpath flanking the woods to the left and reaching the River Severn.
Follow the Severn until just before the Waterworks bridge and look for a stile on the left leading into thick woods. Negotiate the stile and climb a short distance until reaching the clear Long Covert on the left. This is a pleasant sheltered route in hot or wet weather. The covert eventually emerges into a more open area. Turn right here and when the path forks after a few hundred yards, descend to the left into the Dingle. This is a most delightful spot and replete with Bluebells in season. Negotiate the ford at the bottom and ascend out of the Dingle, eventually reaching the car park and main access to the Hall.
Walk along the access route, past the gate house and cross the main road again (carefully). A stile opposite leads into a field running parallel with the road if you wish to avoid the tarmac, returning swiftly to the saw mill.