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|Dudley No 2 Canal: Section 2|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 07 Aug 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Dudley|
|This is a 6 mile 'there and back' walk along a section of the Dudley No 2 Canal from Bumble Hole to Coombswood Bridge, near Hawne Basin. The walk follows well maintained paths and towpaths and takes you along the second half of the Dudley No 2 canal route. As with the first half (which is published as a separate walk on iFootpath), there are several information signs detailing the history of the area along the way. As this is the Black Country, some sections of the route are more heavily developed than others. However, there is a lot of wildlife to see. |
You may wish to spend a little time exploring Windmill End, including a visit to the visitors centre. However, it's run by volunteers and opening times vary. Mornings are generally your best bet. Alternatively, call on 01384 814100 to check opening times.
The walk starts and finishes at a free car park located off the B4171 Dudley Road, which is open from dawn until dusk.
|Start to Windmill End|
Start point: 52.4956 lat, -2.0655 long
Depart the car park via the gate opposite the road. Follow the path past Top Pool on the right, then cross over the wooden bridge. Continue straight, then bear left down the hill, by the green bench. In the near distance is Cobb's Engine House, which is a Grade II listed building, built around 1831. It housed a stationary steam pump used to pump water from nearby collieries into the canal. It closed in 1928 and the engine was moved to a museum in America. Continue on past the bridge over the canal on your right, then go over the Windmill End bridge straight ahead.
|Windmill End to Gosty Hill Tunnel|
Start point: 52.4915 lat, -2.0701 long
Follow the towpath with the canal on your left. As you walk along this section, keep an eye out for several black and white signs which detail local history and interests. The first is about 50m along the towpath and details some history of the engine house. The second is just past Dog Lane Bridge and details the history of the building there. The third is between Powke Lane and Garrats Lane Bridges and talks about a local woman called Eliza Tinsley.
|Gosty Hill Tunnel to End|
Start point: 52.47 lat, -2.0516 long
Walk back from Gosty Hill Tunnel, then turn left onto Station Road. Turn left and walk up the hill. As you ascend, keep an eye out on the left hand side of the road for a blue brick ventilation shaft. This helps provide fresh air to the tunnel. Continue along the road, then cross at the crossing. Keep left and enter the trading estate via Coombeswood Way. Take the gravel path between the wooden fence and the grey railings, 30m off the main road. Follow the slope down to the canal towpath.
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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