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Himley and Swindon Canal Trail

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Himley and Swindon Canal Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 12 May 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
West Midlands, Himley
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Himley and Swindon Canal Trail
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This is a 5 mile circular walk that starts at the dismantled Himley Station, follows the South Staffs Railway line, turns along the Wom Brook then heads onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, before turning back along Hinksford Lane and returning to Himley. It encompasses woodland and towpath sections. It is covered by OS Explorer map 219.

For the very most part, the path follows made footpaths. However, there is a short stretch, just after Hinksford Lock that follows a dirt path. There are a couple of stiles and several flights of steps. The gradients are quite shallow, however. The towpath section of the trail is popular with cyclists.

Himley Station is located just off the B4176, near to the junction with the A449. At the junction with the A449, head along the B4176 and take the turning marked Himley Lane, in front of Sandiacre Farm Shop. After 100m, go under the bridge then take the immediate right. The entrance is signposted South Staffordshire Railway Walk with a height barrier of 2.1m. Drive along the lane and you will find car parking spaces at the end. The car park is opened at 9AM and there is a sign detailing the time that the car park will be closed at night at the entrance to the lane.

The contact number for the Ranger service is 01902 882605.
Approximate postcode: DY3 4LN

The 256 bus route goes along the nearby A449, see nxbus.co.uk for times.

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Walk Sections

Start to Wom Brook
Start to Wom Brook

Start point: 52.5189 lat, -2.1889 long
End point: 52.533 lat, -2.1922 long

Leave the car park by the metal gate and head onto the footpath. This will take you past Himley Plantation on the left. The path will go underneath several bridges and can be very muddy in parts. It is quite straight and roughly 1.8km in length. Continue on until you come to the left-hand access path to the Wom Brook. You will likely see the right hand access path first, continue on for another 40m until you see the steps leading down to the left.

Himley Plantation was planted during the 18th century and was once owned by the Earl of Dudley who lived at the nearby Himley Hall. The Railway line was built and owned by the Great Western Railway Company, who started building in 1912 but did not complete works until 1925. The line was closed in June 1965.

Wom Brook to Canal Walk
Wom Brook to Canal Walk

Start point: 52.533 lat, -2.1922 long
End point: 52.5315 lat, -2.2009 long

Descend the steps down towards the metal gates. Go through and follow the path alongside the Wom Brook. After 140m, the path splits. Continue straight and take a sharp left. Cross over the green bridge then take the immediate right to continue following the brook. The path here is well maintained but can be slightly wet in places. Continue on for 450m until you come to a nature board entitled "Wom Brook Walk, Giggety Estate Section". Go through the wooden gate and cross over Planks Lane. Turn left then take the footpath on the bridge over the canal. Just after the bridge, there is a sloped footpath that leads down onto the canal towpath. Follow this.

Canal Walk to Hinksford Lock
Canal Walk to Hinksford Lock

Start point: 52.5315 lat, -2.2009 long
End point: 52.508 lat, -2.1968 long

This section of the walk is roughly 3km long and follows the towpath of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. The towpath has the tendency to gather many puddles during wet weather. Go under the bridge, following the path for 650m to the next bridge. After a further 850m, you will find Botterham Lock. Continue to follow the path for another 550m, then cross Marsh Bridge to the other side of the canal. This section of towpath has several nature boards. After another 280m, you will come to another lock by a main road. There is a slim metal bridge with a handhold on one side at the far end of the lock. Cross this, then go down the steps and underneath the bridge.

Continue on until you come to the next lock, Hinksford Lock. Cross over the footbridge at the far end, then climb over the stile. Follow the path, keeping the fence on your left until you come to the next stile. As you climb over this stile, you will find yourself directly on Hinksford Lane, a busy road. There is no footpath here, on either side of the road, so take care. Cross to the grass verge on the other side of the road and turn right. Walk 170m down the road, then turn left towards Hinksford Farm and Shop.

Hinksford Lock to Hinksford Lane
Hinksford Lock to Hinksford Lane

Start point: 52.508 lat, -2.1968 long
End point: 52.5126 lat, -2.1947 long

Follow the path past the pylon on your right. The path will take you past a house and into a yard with several large buildings. Within the yard, turn left and walk between the large grey building on your right and the hay storage shed on your left. Continue straight on past the small lake with the island on your left and the paddock on your right. There is another small pond a little further down on the right hand side. Follow the road until you come to the metal gate.

Hinksford Lane to Picnic Area
Hinksford Lane to Picnic Area

Start point: 52.5126 lat, -2.1947 long
End point: 52.5186 lat, -2.1886 long

After going past the metal gate, set out across the arable fields that abut Hinksford Lane. The path is clearly laid out. Skylarks can often be heard here during the Spring. Continue straight towards the metal gate and exit the field by the gap to the right of the gate. This brings you onto Himley Lane. Walk 150m down the road, then turn in to the entrance to Himley Station, where you commenced the walk. There is a picnic area here with several benches.

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