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Dudley No 2 Canal: Section 2

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Dudley No 2 Canal: Section 2
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 07 Aug 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 2 Canal: Section 2
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 '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.

By car: the nearest A road is the A461 Duncan Edwards Way. The B4171 goes between Dudley and Rowley Regis.

By bus: the 241 departs Dudley bus station, see nxbus.co.uk for details.

Approximate postcode: B65 8NE

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Walk Sections

Start to Windmill End
Start to Windmill End

Start point: 52.4956 lat, -2.0655 long
End point: 52.4915 lat, -2.0701 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.

On the far side of the canal is the Boshboil Arm. Straight ahead is the visitors centre with its flock of geese. If you wish to take a small detour to explore this area, continue on to the nature board on the far side of the visitors centre, where you will find a map and several other suggested short walks. Otherwise, your path continues on the left.

Windmill End to Gosty Hill Tunnel
Windmill End to Gosty Hill Tunnel

Start point: 52.4915 lat, -2.0701 long
End point: 52.47 lat, -2.0516 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.

After passing under Smiths Bridge, the towpath becomes a grass verge. You will need to walk up onto the road. Head back onto the verge immediately afterwards. Go under Wrights Bridge, then you'll find another sign detailing the history of the canal. Head under Gosty Hill Bridge, then continue straight. The towpath ends at the entrance to Gosty Hill Tunnel. The tunnel was rebuilt in 1881, and was navigated by legging. The remains of the tug house are still visible at the far side of the canal. The tug was used to pull boats through the tunnel from 1913 onwards.

Gosty Hill Tunnel to End
Gosty Hill Tunnel to End

Start point: 52.47 lat, -2.0516 long
End point: 52.4607 lat, -2.0401 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.

The canal is again on your left. This section of the canal is quite quiet and popular with fishermen. Years ago, this spot was the site of Stewart's and Lloyds Tube Works, and you can still seem remnants of the pipes that joined the two sites together. As you progress, you'll pass Coombeswood on the far side of the canal. Continue on until you see Coombswood Bridge. A nearby signpost details public footpaths in the area.

This marks the end of this route and from this point you simply need to retrace your steps back to the start point.

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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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