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Tipton Circular Canal Trail

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Tipton Circular Canal Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 06 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 UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
West Midlands, Tipton
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Tipton Circular Canal Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This is a 4 mile circular walk around Tipton's canals. It starts and ends very close to Tipton Railway Station and follows canal towpaths for the entire route. The walk takes you through some of Tipton's manufacturing heritage and along some surprisingly rural tracks. There is a large amount of wildlife to be seen.

The walk is 95% flat, with a few shallow inclines and bridges. Take care in icy weather, though, as some of the bricks that form the footpath would likely be slippery. It is quite suitable for someone with a lower level of fitness, or perhaps for children. There are several Radar Key Scheme gates along the route.

Access to the start of the walk is available by train at the adjacent Tipton station, by bus from West Bromwich, Dudley or Walsall bus stations, or by car on the B4517, Owen Street.

Approximate postcode: DY4 8QG

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Walk Sections

Start to Dudley Canal
Start to Dudley Canal

Start point: 52.5303 lat, -2.0659 long
End point: 52.5166 lat, -2.0487 long

The entrance to the canal is adjacent to the entrance to the station. Keep to the left and follow the blue/red brick slope down to the towpath. Cross the low bridge and head onto the towpath proper. After 350m, having gone under the first bridge, you'll find the first of two locks. Follow the path to the right, taking care in wet/icy weather.

Continue on, going under Factory Road bridge, then past another lock. After passing under the next bridge, Old Factory bridge, take the path on the right up and over the bridge. Alternatively, stop first for a drink at the Barge & Barrel pub.

After taking the footbridge over the canal continue on for 500m, before coming to The Fountain Inn. To follow the path, keep to the right and go under the road bridge. After a further 500m, on the right you will see a junction with another canal. This is the Dudley Canal. There is a signpost detailing directions and distances adjacent to the towpath.

Follow the towpath for a further 2000m. It goes under various road bridges. There is a surprising amount of wildlife present along this section. After 2km, you will reach the Dudley Canal bridge, with the canal running perpendicular and at a lower level.

Dudley Canal to End
Dudley Canal to End

Start point: 52.5166 lat, -2.0487 long
End point: 52.5302 lat, -2.0661 long

At the canal bridge, take the near towpath to proceed along the left hand side of the canal. Go down the slope. At the bottom, if you walk back in front of the buildings, you will see Netherton Tunnel. Continue down the towpath, then after 700m, cross the footbridge. Then cross the second footbridge, also named Toll End Works.

After crossing the second bridge, follow the direction of the slope along the towpath. To your right will be the railway line. After 1800m and going under/over several bridges, you will go past the boat works, go over a couple of footbridges and arrive back at your destination.

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"You looking at me"?
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Hmmm wonder what time the next train is?

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