Take a walk into the past and discover the Rock Houses at Kinver Edge. Although there are a range of routes to explore, the Rock House Trail is our favourite. The four-mile circular route takes two to three hours to complete, and although generally moderate, there are some steeper sections in the woods.
Along the route, there are different rock house complexes for you to explore. The first complex, known as Nanny’s Rock, is unrestored but is accessible. You can climb through the empty remains of windows and walk around the empty rooms. As you head away from Nanny’s Rock, the landscape opens out into heathland and to the left, you may see Vale’s House rock house, which is currently closed to the public.
On your return to your starting point, you can choose to visit the Holy Austin Rock Houses. Lived in until the 1960s, the National Trust has restored them to the cosy, comfortable dwellings they once were. You can even sit and have a cup of tea which has been converted to a cafe.
Although the rock houses are the real star of the show on this walk, there is plenty to absorb along the way, including woodland and heathland, longhorn cattle and a variety of wildlife.