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Staffs Railway and Staffs & Worcs Canal Circular Trail

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Staffs Railway and Staffs & Worcs Canal Circular Trail
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 10 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Staffordshire, Wombourne
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Staffs Railway and Staffs & Worcs Canal Circular Trail
Length: 8 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 an 8 mile circular trail that starts at Wombourn Railway Station, goes up the disused railway line to Compton, then switches to the Staffs and Worcs Canal to head back to the start. Allow 3.5 hours to complete the walk, less if you keep a steady pace. The route offers views of the local countryside, and follows a path through woodland and along canal towpaths. Much wildlife can be seen and heard along this route, and you will also pass by several lock systems. It is also suitable for cyclists.

There is a cafe at the start/end of the walk and there are several shops available at Compton, the first waypoint about midway through the walk.

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 Compton
Start to Compton

Start point: 52.5439 lat, -2.1927 long
End point: 52.5868 lat, -2.1739 long

The first section of the walk is roughly 6km (about 3.5 miles)in length.

Leave the car park at the far end, via the black metal gate. Head onto the railway line, and continue straight. The route will take you over three railway bridges, then under four road bridges. Between the third and fourth road bridges there is a nature board/map of the area, at Castlecroft.

Not long after the final bridge, the walk is bisected by a road. There is a metal kissing gate on the right, then within a few metres, another. Continue on through both these gates. Shortly after this, an old platform will come into view on the left of the footpath.

Shortly after this, just before the bridge over the road, look for a tarmac slope leading down to the main road. (Note: this is the second exit you will see, the first is a flight of steps down to a field - do not take this first one).

As you reach the main road, the A454 Bridgnorth Road, turn left and walk for 60m. The entrance to the towpath is on the other side of the road, down the slope with the green fence surrounding it. As the road can be busy, you might find it safer to cross at the pedestrian crossing 50m along the road, and then turn back.

Compton to End
Compton to End

Start point: 52.5868 lat, -2.1739 long
End point: 52.5435 lat, -2.1924 long

In summary, this return leg along the canal will take you under five bridges, over one then under another. Some of them are quite low, so take care when walking underneath. Cyclists are advised to dismount when going underneath.

Access the towpath via the slope down from the road. Turn around, then go under the road bridge. Follow this towpath with the canal on the left. Just past the second set of locks, Wightwick Locks, there is a nature board by the side of the canal detailing local attractions. However, for the purposes of this walk, it goes in the wrong direction.

The next three bridges are quite low, so take care. At Dimmingsdale Lock, the towpath crosses the canal to the far side. At Awbridge Bridge #49, follow the towpath underneath the bridge, to the left of the lock. Continue walking to Bratch Locks. There is a quaint octagonal lock house here. The towpath switches back to the right of the canal. Follow this to the main road, Bratch Lane.

Head onto Bratch Lane and turn left, taking care as there is no pavement here. Follow the road for 300m, go under the railway bridge then turn left into the driveway of the car park.

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