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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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This nature reserve straddles the boundary between Albrighton and Donnington. The ponds, originally constructed for a mill, are now a great place to see wildlife.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, June 2012 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 0.7 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There are no directions leading to the site. Follow the A41 to Albrighton and then, on Newport Road, follow Rectory Road and park in the area next to Donnington Parish Church. Grid Reference: SJ 809 046
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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Parking is available at St. Cuthbert's Church in Donington, located on Rectory Road.

CarPark Parking is available at St. Cuthbert's Church in Donington, located on Rectory Road.

The parking area contains gradients, loose gravel and does not provide parking designated for disabled visitors

CarPark The parking area contains gradients, loose gravel and does not provide parking designated for disabled visitors

The parking area is located a short distance from the site entrance. Follow the lane downhill.

Start The parking area is located a short distance from the site entrance. Follow the lane downhill.

Continue past St. Cuthbert's Church.

Direction Continue past St. Cuthbert's Church.

The site entrance is approximately 80m from the car park.

Direction The site entrance is approximately 80m from the car park.

The lane contains a gradient of approximately 10%.

Gradient The lane contains a gradient of approximately 10%.

Crossing the lane, there are minor step level rises at the site entrance.

Obstacle Crossing the lane, there are minor step level rises at the site entrance.

The width of the kissing gate is 1.2m (and when opened has an internal clearance of 1m). The  gate opens in only one direction, into the metal hooped enclosure, and the latch mechanism is located on the inside of the gate.

Gate The width of the kissing gate is 1.2m (and when opened has an internal clearance of 1m). The gate opens in only one direction, into the metal hooped enclosure, and the latch mechanism is located on the inside of the gate.

The path width is 1m.

Width The path width is 1m.

Two benches provide pleasant views into the reserve below. One of these has no hard-surfacing.

Seat Two benches provide pleasant views into the reserve below. One of these has no hard-surfacing.

The path continues on a level gradient on mostly compacted stone.

Direction The path continues on a level gradient on mostly compacted stone.

The path follows a descending gradient (max12%) over a disctance of approximately 30m

Gradient The path follows a descending gradient (max12%) over a disctance of approximately 30m

The path follows a descending gradient (max12%) over a disctance of approximately 30m

Gradient The path follows a descending gradient (max12%) over a disctance of approximately 30m

Continue straight on OR GO LEFT to follow a a short circular detour to the pool.

Direction Continue straight on OR GO LEFT to follow a a short circular detour to the pool.

Turning left by the bench this loop path leads to the pool.

Direction Turning left by the bench this loop path leads to the pool.

The path was originally constructed  to 1.40m width. However, vegetation has encroached on the path creating an available width of 50cm.

Width The path was originally constructed to 1.40m width. However, vegetation has encroached on the path creating an available width of 50cm.

 

Width

The path was originally constructed  to 1.40m width. However, vegetation has encroached on the path creating an available width of 50cm.

Width The path was originally constructed to 1.40m width. However, vegetation has encroached on the path creating an available width of 50cm.

 

Width

The path was originally constructed  to 1.40m width. However, vegetation has encroached on the path creating an available width of 50cm.

Width The path was originally constructed to 1.40m width. However, vegetation has encroached on the path creating an available width of 50cm.

 

Width

The path was originally constructed  to 1.40m width. However, vegetation has encroached on the path creating an available width of 50cm.

Width The path was originally constructed to 1.40m width. However, vegetation has encroached on the path creating an available width of 50cm.

At this point there is a crossroads in the path. Avoiding the steps, bear right to follow the short loop around the pool.

Direction At this point there is a crossroads in the path. Avoiding the steps, bear right to follow the short loop around the pool.

The short bridge has a step level rise of approximately 10cm.

Obstacle The short bridge has a step level rise of approximately 10cm.

On the other side of the bridge the path changes to a worn earth surface.

Surface On the other side of the bridge the path changes to a worn earth surface.

 

Surface

 

Surface

 

Surface

The path surface is uneven in places.

Surface The path surface is uneven in places.

The path directions switches back around the pool, nearest Rectory Road.

Direction The path directions switches back around the pool, nearest Rectory Road.

 

Path

The path is surfaced in this area with 10mm stone chippings.

Surface The path is surfaced in this area with 10mm stone chippings.

 

Seat

 

Surface

 

Surface

The path is surfaced in this area with 10mm stone chippings.

Surface The path is surfaced in this area with 10mm stone chippings.

These steps lead up to a restrictive 'squeeze gap' at the top of the site. Retrace the path to the junction with the bench to continue along the rest of the trial.

Step These steps lead up to a restrictive 'squeeze gap' at the top of the site. Retrace the path to the junction with the bench to continue along the rest of the trial.

From the path junction carry straight on to the far-end of the Reserve.

Direction From the path junction carry straight on to the far-end of the Reserve.

Approach to the bridge.

Direction Approach to the bridge.

The bridge has a lip, or step level rise, of  10cm measured between the height of the path and the boardwalk.

Obstacle The bridge has a lip, or step level rise, of 10cm measured between the height of the path and the boardwalk.

The width of the boardwalk is 1.10m

Path The width of the boardwalk is 1.10m

The bridge has a lip, or step level rise, of  10cm measured between the height of the path and the boardwalk.

Direction The bridge has a lip, or step level rise, of 10cm measured between the height of the path and the boardwalk.

Dense herbaceous vegetation has encroached along the side of the path. Whilst pleasant, this also reduces the available width of the path to approximately 60cm throughout.

Width Dense herbaceous vegetation has encroached along the side of the path. Whilst pleasant, this also reduces the available width of the path to approximately 60cm throughout.

 

Width

A seat has been placed alongside the path. There is no hard surfacing around the base of the structure.

Seat A seat has been placed alongside the path. There is no hard surfacing around the base of the structure.

Dense herbaceous vegetation has encroached along the side of the path. Whilst pleasant, this also reduces the available width of the path to approximately 60cm throughout.

Width Dense herbaceous vegetation has encroached along the side of the path. Whilst pleasant, this also reduces the available width of the path to approximately 60cm throughout.

A tree branch overhangs the path.

Visibility A tree branch overhangs the path.

 

Width

 

Width

 

Width

Another bench is placed approximately  50m from the previous one. As before, the bench is set higher than the path and does not contain hard surfacing at its base.

Seat Another bench is placed approximately 50m from the previous one. As before, the bench is set higher than the path and does not contain hard surfacing at its base.

The bridge has a lip, or step level rise, of  10cm measured between the height of the path and the boardwalk.

Step The bridge has a lip, or step level rise, of 10cm measured between the height of the path and the boardwalk.

 

Direction

Path

Path

A long, straight and level section of path leads to the far entrance to the site on Newport Road.

Direction A long, straight and level section of path leads to the far entrance to the site on Newport Road.

An information board has been placed at the far entrance to the site. This is accessed over rough ground.

Information An information board has been placed at the far entrance to the site. This is accessed over rough ground.

Donnington and Albrighton Nature Reserve, Newport Road entrance

Gate Donnington and Albrighton Nature Reserve, Newport Road entrance

Albrighton and Donnington Nature Reserve Phototrail

 

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