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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 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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4 comments for "Staffs Railway and Staffs & Worcs Canal Circular Trail"


Does anyone know the bridge number at start of canal section and end section as I am wanting to plan in a canalside pub (or café) stop halfwayish and back at Womborne. I have found the Round Oak is nearby, but don't know where it is in relation to the Railway café.

By Mabella on 29 Jul 2015

@Sammy_Benbow 59 is the Compton Road bridge, at the start of the canal section of the walk. Oddfellows Hall is nearby.

By Twitter on 01 Aug 2015

I did this walk yesterday (30.09.15) in what was a most glorious day as it was mainly very warm sunshine. I started off along the old railway track through beautiful woodland at a brisk pace taking in the scenery and wildlife that I saw. It is a steady slight incline which is enjoyable and taxes the body unless you want to bimble. It's a lovely walk and very enjoyable. I think it was the penultimate road bridge I went under that had beautiful and tasteful graffiti on it's walls, very well done and very artful and also pleasing to the eye. When I reached my point of going down to the road I found that I missed my turning, the reason being I was looking for a downward flight of steps. Using the GPS tracker in the app I found that I had walked past where I was to descend, on returning to that point I found that there are no steps but a gradual tarmaced slope which I can only guess has replaced the steps when this walk was first done for the website. Once on the canal and on my return leg I found a very easy and lovely walk all the way back to my start and again with the sunny weather it made it even more pleasurable. A very pleasant and rewarding chill at my journeys end with a lovely cappuccino at the Railway Cafe which I find to be very friendly and well worth the visit. I found on my walk tracker this was just over 8 and a half miles and I completed it in 2 hours 40 minutes but like I said earlier I was walking briskly at an average of 3.7 mph. Yet another great walk from iFootpath, thank you.

By andyt2404 on 01 Oct 2015

Had a great walk this morning using this route but adding a couple of miles on by starting at Giggety Lane canal bridge and getting off the railway line at common road. Stopped off at Odd Fellows pub in Compton which broke the journey up nicely with a cup of tea and coffee.

By gaz2004 on 17 Apr 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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