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Awbridge & Trysull Circular Trail

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Awbridge & Trysull Circular Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 01 Jun 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Staffordshire, Awbridge and Trysull
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Awbridge & Trysull Circular Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK 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 4 mile circular walk from Wombourne in Staffordshire. The route follows the Staffs and Worcs Canal towpath before heading down country lanes and across fields and going past several historic buildings, before returning to the free car park. The walk has views of the local countryside, visits Smestow Brook at a couple of points and also takes in Bratch Locks.

The walk is mostly flat, but there are many stiles to navigate and also some parts may be overgrown. Take care when walking down the country roads that have no pavement. There are also several fields with animals in them, so take care with dogs. There is a cafe, The Railway Cafe, at the start of the walk (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays). Allow 2 to 3 hours to complete the trail.

The walk starts and finishes from the Railway Walk Car Park off Bratch Lane in Wombourne. Turn off the A449 onto Billy Buns Lane, then keep left onto Bratch Lane. Take the turning on the right immediately preceding the railway bridge, opposite Station Road. A sign at the entrance to the free car park details the closure times.

Nearest bus route: 256 Wolverhampton - Stourbridge stops 350m away from the start point in Bull Meadow Lane. See nxbus.co.uk for timetable.

Approximate postcode: WV5 9AB

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Walk Sections

Start to Bell Road
Start to Bell Road

Start point: 52.5438 lat, -2.1927 long
End point: 52.5473 lat, -2.2145 long

Depart the car park via the vehicle entrance, then turn right and walk underneath the railway bridge. There is no footpath along this section of road, so take care with the traffic. After 350m, turn right onto the canal via the brown wooden gates. Walk up the short slope, then cross to the other side of the canal, by the Toll House. These locks were designed by James Brindley in 1772 and are a good example of Georgian architecture.

Follow the towpath for 1400m, with the canal on the left. Go under Awbridge Bridge, #49, then take the slope back up to the main road. Turn right along Union Lane, then at the bend in the road, continue straight on over the stile. Walk straight across the field and down the slope to the next stile. Cross this onto Bell Road.

Bell Road to Manor House
Bell Road to Manor House

Start point: 52.5473 lat, -2.2145 long
End point: 52.546 lat, -2.223 long

After crossing the stile, take the next stile immediately on your right. The next 20m are likely to be overgrown. Cross the stile at the end, then turn left across the field. There may be animals grazing here. Walk across the field, keeping to the left of the low building, then cross the stile next to the metal gate. Again, this section is likely to be overgrown.

Walk through the trees, with Smestow Brook on your left. As you reach the wide access gate, keep to the left and cross the stile near to the road. Turn left, then take the right along Church Lane. On the corner here is Trysull Mill, which dates from 1854.

Follow Church Lane for 450m, then turn left, via the stile, into the field. Cross the arable field diagonally left, heading towards the bottom corner, then go through the kissing gate. Cross Smestow Brook, then through the next kissing gate adjacent to Seisdon Road. Turn left here and walk 170m towards Manor House. Trysull Manor House and Attached Coach House and Stable Block is a Grade II Listed building, built in 1637.

Manor House to Woodford Lane
Manor House to Woodford Lane

Start point: 52.546 lat, -2.223 long
End point: 52.5415 lat, -2.2155 long

Turn right to follow the public footpath along the side of the Manor House. Keep to the right and go around the metal gate, then continue on to the field. At the field boundary, turn left and follow the wall into the corner. There is a kissing gate here, but it may be in a state of disrepair. Follow the path through the trees, go through the gate at the end, then continue on past the buildings and through the wooden gate.

As you arrive at School Road, turn left then look on the right hand side for the stile. Cross this, go down the track, then cross the stile at the other end. Walk diagonally across the arable field. The path goes to the right of the telegraph pole in the foreground and to the left of the telegraph pole in the background. At the gate, bear right to follow the track down towards the main road.

Woodford Lane to End
Woodford Lane to End

Start point: 52.5415 lat, -2.2155 long
End point: 52.5439 lat, -2.1926 long

As you meet the main road, turn left and walk down the hill. As the name Woodford Lane suggests, the road is liable to flooding, so take care during and after heavy rain. Continue on for 400m, crossing Smestow Brook again.

At the junction with a stone track on the right, take the stile into the pastoral field on the left. Walk straight on, keeping to the left-hand field boundary. After 300m, cross the stile ahead, then turn right and walk for a further 350m along the right-hand boundary of this next pastoral field, crossing a stile in the process.

Cross the second stile to arrive at Bratch Common Road. Turn left here and follow the road for 400m. Turn right at the junction and walk 900m down Bratch Lane, past the locks, to reach the entrance to the car park.

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