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|Bonded Warehouse to Whittington Canal|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 26 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Stourbridge|
|This is a 6 mile linear walk from the Bonded Warehouse in Stourbridge to Whittington Lock via Kinver, following the canal towpath. The walk takes in views of the surrounding countryside which contains fields and woodland. It also offers the opportunity to see boats along the canal. At the start of the walk, there are signs of Stourbridge's industrial past and there are a few nature boards along the walk giving more information. |
The route takes place entirely along the canal towpath, which is well maintained. There are no stiles, but there are a few pinch gates to navigate and some radar key scheme gates. There are also bridges to cross and go under, some of which will have very little headroom. The route is suitable for cyclists.
There are a couple of pubs along the walk. There are several in Stourbridge and also the Vine at Kinver. There are disabled public toilets available at Court Street in Stourbridge and in the High Street car park at Kinver. There are also shops available in kinver and Stourbridge.
By car: The Bonded Warehouse is on Canal Street, just off the A491. Parking is available nearby, but you may prefer to park at the Ryemarket multistorey car park.
|Start to Wordsley Junction Bridge|
Start point: 52.461 lat, -2.149 long
Walk down Canal Street with the Bonded Warehouse on your right. Go through the black and white gate and continue straight on. The canal is visible on your right.
|Wordsley Junction Bridge to Prestwood|
Start point: 52.4726 lat, -2.1643 long
This next section continues for 3400m along Stourbridge Canal. After crossing the bridge, turn left, keeping the canal on your left. After a short distance, there is a nature board detailing the function of the gauging stop.
|Prestwood to Kinver|
Start point: 52.4637 lat, -2.2056 long
This section continues for 2900m. After crossing the bridge, turn left and follow the towpath with the canal on your left. Continue on for a short distance and you will come to Stewpony Lock. Note the oddly octagonal shaped tollhouse on the opposite bank. Continue to follow the towpath which descends under the road bridge adjacent to the lock.
|Kinver to End|
Start point: 52.4489 lat, -2.2236 long
Leave the lock via the towpath that heads under the road bridge. The hill visible to your left contains several rock houses, now disused. These are dwellings that have been carved out of the sandstone. There are several others at nearby Kinver Edge. Sadly, they aren't visible from the canal due to tree cover.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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