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Brewood Circular

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Brewood Circular
Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 26 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Staffordshire, Brewood
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Brewood Circular
Length: 6 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 a 6 mile circular walk commencing in Brewood (pronounced "brood") and following lanes past Chillington Hall before returning to Brewood via the canal towpath. The walk offers views of the local countryside and canals, and also of Chillington Hall in the distance.

The walk is along quite a flat route for the most part. There are no challenging gradients. There are several stiles, but most of the fields are flat. Parts of the towpath can be muddy, even in dry weather. Some of the fields contain animals.

By car: Brewood is situated near junction 2 of the M54. Take the A449 Stafford Road, then Brewood Road and Coven Road. There is free parking available in Stafford Street car park.

By bus: the number 76 bus travels via Brewood between Stafford and Wolverhampton. See for details.

Approximate postcode: ST19 9DX

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Walk Sections

Start to Field
Start to Field

Start point: 52.6772 lat, -2.1726 long
End point: 52.6679 lat, -2.1831 long

Leave Stafford Street car park and turn left. Walk down to Bargate Street, then turn right. Walk 350m down the road, until you reach the Bridge Inn on the right. Take the wooden gate down to the towpath, on the other side of the road. There is a short flight of steps down to the towpath. There are also several notice boards with maps and details of the local area.

Follow the towpath with the canal on your right. Go under bridge 13, then take the wooden steps to the stile at bridge 12. Cross the stile, then turn right along Hyde Mill Lane. Continue on for 450m, then follow the sign for the public footpath by the large brown barn. Follow the path round to the right for 400m.

Field to Port Lane
Field to Port Lane

Start point: 52.6679 lat, -2.1831 long
End point: 52.6503 lat, -2.183 long

Go through the kissing gate and enter the field. Keep the tree line on your left, and cross the field for 550m. Go through the wooden kissing gate in the left hand corner of the field, then through the metal kissing gate directly ahead.

Cross Upper Avenue diagonally. Notice Chillington Hall on your right. The waymarker is quite low to the ground, so head between the large oak tree and the holly tree. Go through the wooden kissing gate, cross the track and take the wooden kissing gate on the other side.

Cross the pastoral field keeping the tree line and metal fencing to your left. Go through the wooden kissing gate at the other side, cross the track and take the stile hidden in the undergrowth on the other side.

Cross the field, keeping the boundary to your left. Ladybirch Wood is on your left. At the junction with the next field, look for the fingerpost pointing to The Staffs Way. Bear left into the adjacent field and follow its boundary, keeping it on your right. Take the stile at the end of the field onto Port Lane. Turn right and walk 170m down to the black metal gates.

Port Lane to Canal
Port Lane to Canal

Start point: 52.6503 lat, -2.183 long
End point: 52.6441 lat, -2.1617 long

Go through the smaller metal gate, on the right. Follow the road down through the trees. After 150m, the path splits. Bear right by the pool. Continue straight. Follow the concrete path through a wooden gate, the catch for which is on the other side. Continue to follow the concrete path for 1500m, until you come to a yard by a white building.

Bear right , following the signs for pedestrians and horses, then go through the wooden gate just ahead. Continue straight for 125m and cross over the bridge.

Canal to End
Canal to End

Start point: 52.6441 lat, -2.1617 long
End point: 52.6772 lat, -2.1725 long

After crossing the bridge, turn left and walk for 75m. Take the metal gate onto the towpath. The towpath follows the Shropshire Union Canal Main Line for 4km (about 2.5 miles) back to Brewood.

The first part of the towpath is likely to be overgrown with grass. Go under bridges 7 and 8, after which the path becomes more apparent. Continue on under bridges 9, 10, 11 and 12, along which parts of the path will be quite muddy. After bridge 13, which carries the amusingly named Dirty Lane over the canal, the towpath should become much easier walking.

At the next bridge, take the steps on the right back up towards The Bridge Inn. Turn right along the main road, continue straight for 350m, then turn left into Stafford Street. The car park is on the right.

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1 comments for "Brewood Circular"

Not very dog friendly due to crossing busy roads and livestock in some fields, but its an enjoyable walk.

By Stu D on 04 Jan 2017

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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