Lanes Around Knightley
Start:There is space for one car next to the post box on the junction of Grange Road and the Gnosall to Knightley road.
Distance: About 2.3 miles Time: 1 hour
An easy walk, suitable for days when the fields are too wet to walk on. Entirely along country lanes.
From the parking space by the post box, walk into Grange Road and walk along it. Eventually you pass a large house on your left, followed by Wood Cottage, an attractive black and white house, and then on the right Gibraltar Cottage, which was restored in recent years and converted from two small cottages into one larger house. The walk along this lane affords views of open countryside in all directions, including sweeping views across to the Wrekin, Long Mynd and the Clee Hills to your left.
You pass by a long driveway with a sign marked "Bat and Bottle" (a wine importing business) on your left, and later a metal gateway at Hob Hill, with a sign marked Private Property, Keep Out, which is a shame considering the attractive wooded track that lies beyond it. Continue along Grange Road, past the farm and Knightley House on your left. On this stretch you will see the small church at Knightley in the distance ahead of you.
You soon reach a cross roads, with an attractive large house to the left. Turn right here into Riley Lane and then walk along it for about three quarters of a mile until you reach the Knightley to Gnosall road again. You can see the Happy Days coach depot in the distance off to your left.
Once you reach the junction, turn right and walk the half mile or so back along the road to your starting point. (Take care walking along this stretch, especially if you have dogs, as traffic does tend to on occasions treat this stretch of road as if it were an A road!).