Brewood Circular Day Hiking Staffordshire England UK
Brewood Circular Day Hiking Staffordshire was a 10 miles day hiking trip I undertook with my partner Anne during a weekend in October 2010.
Brewood Day Hiking Staffordshire Video
This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Brewood Day Hiking Staffordshire trip.
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Brewood Day Hiking Staffordshire Route
Brewood circular day hiking Staffordshire was quite a varied trip and although we hiked on some long straight sections, they were quite interesting. Our route was circular in a wide anti-clockwise direction. First we hiked south west towards Chillington Hall and Langley Lawn Farm, then south around Big Wood and across the M54 Motorway to Codsall Wood. We then hiked eastwards, touching Codsall until reaching the M54 Motorway again near Upper Hattons and went under the motorway and joined the Shropshire Union Canal. Finally we hiked north 2 miles along the canal back to Brewood.
Brewood Day Hiking Staffordshire Local Info
Located in South Staffordshire, England, Brewood was a town at one time but these days it is a village. The Domesday Book records this village as “Breude” which may have its origins in language of Celtic Brythonic in which “bre” means hill and language of Anglo Saxon Old English, in which “wuda” means wood. Brewood is near to the River Penk, about 8 miles to the north of the centre of the city of Wolverhampton and approximately 11 miles to the south of Stafford Town. The border with Shropshire County is also 3 miles to the west.
Lying in a north south direction and passing through the edge of Brewood to the west is the Shropshire Union Canal. Also flowing in a northerly direction on the eastern edge is the River Penk. There is also Brewood Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin & St Chad.
Shropshire Union Canal
The Shropshire Union Canal runs through several counties, namely the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. At Wolverhampton it links with the canal system of the Midlands. The canal is navigable and about 68 miles in length.
The River Penk is a smallish river which flows though Staffordshire. It rises at the centre of the village of Perton Village in South Staffordshire, about 3 miles from Wolverhampton. At its northern end it flows into the River Sow, a tributary of the River Trent, so water from the River Penk eventually reaches the North Sea at the Humber Estuary.
Brewood Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin & St Chad
Brewood Parish Church is Anglican and dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Chad. The construction is of sandstone and it was built between 1150 and 1250, on top of another earlier site which was a wooden Mercian church. It was thoroughly restored in the late 1870s with a notable tower and spire and has eight bells.
Connecting with the North Worcestershire Path, the Heart of England Way and the Cheshire Gritstone Trail is the long distance path called The Staffordshire Way in Staffordshire. It traverses in a south westerly direction through Staffordshire for about 92 miles. Looking at it from north to south, it begins in North Staffordshire at Mow Cop Castle on Gritstone hills on the rim of the Peak District. It goes to Congleton, then to Leek and then along Caldon Canal, passing through Churnet Valley to Uttoxeter. Next it turns south west through the Trent Valley, on to the parkland of Shugborough Hall, then to Cannock Chase and onwards to Penkridge. It then goes in a southern direction near to Brewood, continuing in a south westerly direction through Chillington Hall’s parkland and near to Weston Park. A final turn south takes it through Codsall, Pattingham and Enville before completing its journey at Kinver Edge, a spectacular sandstone ridge.
Close to Brewood and 4 miles to the north west of Wolverhampton is the Georgian country house called Chillington Hall. It is recorded in the Domesday Book under Chillington or Cillintone in Warwickshire. The house of 2010 is the third to be built on the site. There was a stone castle upon the site in the 12th century. Sir John Giffard replaced it with a Tudor house in the 16th century. It was again replaced, being designed in 1724 by Francis Smith and by John Soane in 1785 with the lake and park being landscaped by Capability Brown.
The Avenue is a long avenue of oak trees planted by Peter Giffard around 1725 and forming the original approach to the Chillington Hall.
The Domesday Book records 6 people in Codsall in 1086. The oldest building in the town is the Church of St. Nicholas. Since medieval times, the immediate area around the church at the top of the hill used to be the hub of the village, having a windmill, pond, forge, bakery and public house. However, after the opening of Codsall railway station, it became the commercial focal point of the village.
St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas is Church of England and is located in Codsall village with a Norman doorway and part of the Chancel, believed to date back as far as the 12th century. In the 14th century a tower was church with some other additions made in the 15th century. In the middle of the a9th century it was modified considerably and additional refurbishment work was undertaken during the 1950s.
Codsall Wood Village
Codsall Wood is a small village about 2 miles to the northwest, on the boundary of Codsall. It holds the annual Codsall Wood Flower, Vegetable and Crafts Show.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne during a weekend in October 2010. We drove from our home in Birmingham to the starting location to a car park in Brewood, off Stafford Street (grid ref SJ885089).