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Dudley No 1 Canal to Fens Pool

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Dudley No 1 Canal to Fens Pool
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 15 Jul 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
West Midlands, Dudley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Dudley No 1 Canal to Fens Pool
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 linear walk that follows the route of the Dudley No 1 Canal from the Dudley Tunnel, before joining the Stourbridge Canal after the Delph locks and then heading up the Fens Pool Branch towards the Fens Pools Nature Reserves. Parts of the route show off the local area's industrial heritage while others are rather more green.

The route takes place along well maintained towpaths and footpaths. There is one road crossing. There is a pub, the Tenth Lock, at the second waypoint.

The walk starts from Dudley Tunnel within Dudley Canal. Follow the signs from Holly Hall Road in Dudley (the path to the canal is on the other side of the trees behind the low metal fence). As the walk is linear you will need to make arrangements for the trip back to the start point (about 2 miles, so walkable along the streets should you wish).

By car: the start of the route is located just off the A461. Roadside parking is available on Holly Hall Road. Approximate postcode: DY2 0UN

By bus: the X96 leaves Dudley, Merry Hill and Stourbridge bus stations.

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Walk Sections

Start to Waterfront Marina
Start to Waterfront Marina

Start point: 52.4994 lat, -2.1002 long
End point: 52.4865 lat, -2.1154 long

With the basin on your left, walk along the towpath towards the bridge. Go over the footbridge, then turn right, heading underneath the viaduct. Continue straight, past Park Head bottom lock and Blowers Green pumphouse. Go under the bridge by the lock, then take the next bridge over the canal. Follow the canal, keeping it on your right. This canal was opened in 1779 and connected the Stourbridge canal to Birmingham in 1792. Continue on to the contrastingly modern Merry Hill marina.

Waterfront Marina to Tenth Lock Pub
Waterfront Marina to Tenth Lock Pub

Start point: 52.4865 lat, -2.1154 long
End point: 52.4754 lat, -2.1227 long

Continue along the waterfront, keeping the canal on your right. This area was once the Round Oak steelworks, which was opened in 1857 and closed in 1982. Considerable redevelopment has taken place. As you exit the marina, the Merry Hill shopping centre is visible on the left. The church visible on the hill to the left of the centre is Netherton Church.

Continue on for a short distance, then the next lock is the first of the flight of 8 that form the Delph Locks. Originally a flight of nine, the flight was opened in 1779 but was rebuilt in 1858, the middle flight of seven locks being reduced to six. Cross the metal roving bridge next to the second lock, and note the nature board to the left. At the bottom of the flight there is easy access to the Tenth Lock pub. This marks the end of the Dudley Canal and the start of the Stourbridge Canal.

Tenth Lock Pub to Stourbridge Locks
Tenth Lock Pub to Stourbridge Locks

Start point: 52.4754 lat, -2.1227 long
End point: 52.483 lat, -2.1431 long

Continue on, following the towpath with the canal on your right. This section continues for 3000m, passing under various bridges. The Stourbridge canal was opened in 1779, having been designed by Thomas Dadford to carry coal from Dudley to Stourbridge. Eventually, the canal will open into a wide basin. Follow the towpath to the left, then cross the bridge at Stourbridge Top Lock.

Stourbridge Locks to End
Stourbridge Locks to End

Start point: 52.483 lat, -2.1431 long
End point: 52.4929 lat, -2.1218 long

After crossing the bridge, turn right and head up the canal, keeping it on your right. This section of the canal is known as the Fens Branch and takes its name from the Fens Pools, which were created as reservoirs to feed the canal. This section of the canal is navigable, however, after Brockmoor Junction Bridge (which takes the towpath over the Stourbridge Extension Canal) navigation becomes much more difficult. The canal becomes much shallower and there are more overhanging trees. Follow the path up onto the main road. Cross the road, then bear right. After 15m, turn left to the entrance to the Fens Pool nature reserve. There is a nature board adjacent to the entrance detailing the history of the area. The canal feeder is visible through the trees to your left. Continue to follow the path, and as you ascend the hill, Grove Pool will be visible to your left. Continue straight across the car park, then bear right alongside Middle Pool. Follow the path up the hill, again bearing right. Fens Pool is visible in the depression to the left. This walk finishes at this point.

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1 responses to "Dudley No 1 Canal to Fens Pool "

Well what can I say, I've just completed yet another great walk, I had decided that although it was a linear walk I would do the walk back to my car which was easier than I thought with a nice stop off point not far from where I had parked. The sun was shining I could not have asked for better.
The walk itself was excellent and I took this one at a nicely leisurely pace (well for me anyway hahaha). I was very surprised that Merry Hill from was so close from the start point as it took only about 15 minutes, along the route there is plenty to see and the mind wanders when you see parts of bridges that were there and wondered what sort of traffic flowed across them in days gone by. Plenty of wildlife on the water which is always pleasing to see. At the turning point for the return leg (Stourbridge Top Lock) was were I stopped for my quick lunch. When I arrived at Fens Pool I was totally blown away, the site in itself is magnificent but the wild life on the various pools was a sight to behold. Ducks, Moorhens, Swans and Signets it was great and to watch the Swans fly in and land just made my day. As you finish this final leg it takes you around the Nature Reserve and at various points you get to see some fantastic sights and so quiet to. On my exit I decided to follow the Green dot on the iFootpath map and made my way back to where I had parked my car. It was far easier than I was expecting (managed to cut a large corner off by going through a lovely park) and at the beginning of Holly Hall Road I came across a very nice Cafe (Some Like it Hot) where I rested with a nice coffee. Well worth the visit, the hot food on display looked very scrummy. To my surprise my car was only 3 minutes away, the total of my walk was 7.8 miles and my time was under two and three quarters of an hour.
Many thanks again iFootpath for providing another great walk. I give this walk 5 stars.

By andyt2404 on 2015-10-08 15:39:04

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