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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.
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