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“Terrible management”
Review of Kinver Edge

Kinver Edge
Ranked #13 of 54 things to do in Worcester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Kinver edge used to be a place where their were no fences no cow pooh ,and the rock houses used to be great untill the NT built a house there , nowhere near as good as it once was.

4  Thank Ian M
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I find it ironic they don't want bikes on Kinver edge, yet they bend over backwards to cater for horses and even cattle (it's indicative of the type of people living in the area).

You can't get a bike around very easily, you'll have to lift it over the barbed wire fences (head height) or ride in from the other side (so actually they they serve no real purpose). The area's where you can ride, most of the paths are filled with deep sand (making riding impossible) and on the rare bits where you can, it's a case of dodge the dog mess.
I have a smaller contact area than someone walking in size 9 boots, but when paths look as cratered as the surface of the moon, it's the cyclist that gets the blame.

I agree with preventing kids on motorbikes tearing the place up, but they seem to forget that motorbikes can much more quickly get to the less restricted entrances down Kingsford Lane, so who really suffers?

I use my bike as access and transport for my other hobby of photography. So i'd have some great photo's to share, but unfortunately I couldn't get through Kinver Edge quickly enough at 4:30am to catch the best summer sunrise i've seen this decade.

Which brings up another point, don't walk around Kinver Edge with a full on DSLR around your neck, I previously had the local BiB asking me lots of questions after "a concerned parent" reported a "man with a big camera"..... True story.

Kinver Egde is a nice place, the rock houses are a tad commercialised (I prefered them before they were rebuilt), the map on top of the Edge has been vandalised and removed, but there are little hidden gems (paths, rocks, WW2 stuff, etc) waiting in the woods and the surrounding area.

1  Thank Birchy36
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Rock houses sound very unEnglish, but these Holy Austin Rock Houses have got their own post code and are therefore very much the real thing. Gouged from the Edge sandstone in previous centuries they gave a cosy if fairly unhygienic home for those too poor to live in Kinver village itself.
A hundred years ago the Houses were a Black Country tourist attraction, their inhabitants providing lemonade and rock cake (what else !) to the numerous visitors who toiled up the escarpment to see them, and then to walk along the Edge itself.
Dereliction and abandonment followed but one house has been fully restored and the old gentleman who helped in the restoration will tell you all you could possibly wish to know about it. A National Trust Tea Room provides cake.

2  Thank butlerhenderson
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

I have been for walks through Kinver Edge many times, and it is beautiful at all times of the year. We stumbled upon a lovely cafe and the cave houses that are cared for by the National Trust which was a pleasant surprise as we hadn't researched the area so didn't know they were there.

1  Thank JanieBean22
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

I live fairly locally in between Stourbridge and Halesowen and I have visited Kinver Edge many times over the years for sunday or bank holiday walks, in what is a super location, with some great views over the Staffordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire countryside. There are many opportunities to see a great range of wildlife and birds of prey, especially with a good pair of binoculars. Sunsets are also very nice and a photographers paradise!
Also unique in the area are the rock houses, which are now owned by the National Trust, which are fascinating to see how people lived. They were inhabited until the 1960s and have been restored. It is amazing really and we are lucky to have them near to us!!! Please visit, it has something for everyone and if you go, take time to go to the nearby vllage of Kinver which is very picturesque and has some great walks along the canal, a super handmade chocolate shop and some great pubs!!!!

1  Thank Daru500
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