Bluebell Walk from Temple Balsall (about 2 miles)

This very enjoyable walk is best undertaken in May when bluebells are an almost constant companion along the route, but enjoyable at any time until early Autumn, this walk takes you on a stroll through the history, combining ancient Temple Balsall with the former estate of Spingfield House and the Blythe Valley.

Recommended from May to early October, one section of this route will be flooded in parts, sometimes even in the peak of summer, and very soft underfoot at almost all times and proper walking shoes or boots are an essential. It is advisable to avoid this route in Winter and early Spring. Please note also that:

  • the route involves walking along two short sections of the busy and narrow Knowle to Balsall Common road (Balsall Street) which is a potential danger to children.
  • a further short section of the route is narrow and nettled and wearing shorts is not recommended.

The start is from the Car Park at Temple Balsall, turn right from Balsall Street into Fen End Road, by the School and then left into the Car Park.

Those keen on post walk refreshment can proceed towards the fringe of Balsall Common after the walk and sample the Saracens Head or, on Sunday afternoons between Easter and end September, enjoy tea and cakes at Temple Balsall itself.

 
Map

 
START POINT: TEMPLE BALSALL CAR PARK
DISTANCE: 2 MILES
ROUTE:
Temple Ba;lsall Path

From the Car Park, turn left onto the road and proceed past the school grounds to the footpath (pictured) which leads to St Mary's church.

 

Temple Balsall

Follow the path past the entrance gates to the main buildings (pictured) and then the Church. Proceed down the hill and across the bridge.

Gate and Kissing Gate

As you walk uphill again, you see a gate and kissing gate to your right (pictured). Proceed through the latter and follow the path through the bluebell wood. Take the left hand path at the Y-junction that you soon reach.

Spingfield House

This brings you out into Temple Lane near its junction with Balsall Street. Turn left into Balsall Street and walk back up the hill towards Knowle until you reach the grounds of Springfield House School (pictured).

Near Entrance to Sprinfield House

At the driveway of the school the road swings sharply left. If it went straight on it would follow the footpath into the hedge that you should now take (pictured). This leads you a short distance though a small wood to a tarmac driveway, at which you turn right.

Back Gate to Springfield site

Follow the driveway up to the end where a gate blocks your way. To the left of the gate, a narrow and nettled path (pictured) leads between a hedge and a fence in front of the school outbuildings. This turns right along another side of the outbuildings and brings you to an unsurfaced track.

Track to Rear of Springfield Houses

Turn left for a very short distance along this track and then follow the sign to the left (just visible n the picture) onto a path into the wood. This takes you downhill to a boarded bridge over a marshy area.

Bridge in Former Springfield Estate

From here you can see an ancient bridge on one of the former estate roads. You cross a stile and proceed across the field to cross the River Blythe over this bridge.

Red Barn on Hill

Continue along the old estate road, now a farm track. This takes you uphill towards a red barn (visible in the picture). You cross a stile before reaching the barn and two more to proceed through the barn compound. This brings you into Hob Lane at its end.

Hob Lane and North Lodge

Continue a short distance up Hob Lane, past North Lodge and then turn right into a further lane (both Lodge and lane can be seen in the picture).

 

Lane Splits

Proceed down the lane until you reach a fork, the left hand option of which is gated (as in the picture). You take the ungated right hand fork. This is the section that is very wet under foot in places (standing water after a dry May week can be seen in the picture).

 

Ford and Footbridge over Blythe

Follow this track downhill until it comes out at a ford and footbridge across the Blythe (pictured). Cross the footbridge and proceed the short distance to Balsall Street. Turn right onto the road and follow this the short distance back to Temple Balsall and the Car Park.