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|Staff and Worcs Canal: Aldersley Junction to The Bratch|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 27 Aug 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Wolverhampton|
|This is a 6 mile linear walk along a section of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. It commences at Aldersley junction, where the Staff and Worcs and Birmingham Old Main Line canals meet and heads through quiet countryside to The Bratch, a staircase of locks near Wombourne. |
The walk itself is along a canal towpath and offers views of the surrounding countryside and of the canal, which is often reasonably busy with boat traffic. The footpath is a well maintained gravel path for the most part and would also be suitable for cyclists. However, there are several low bridges that you will need to take care while going under. There are no stiles. There is a café available near to the end of the walk. See therailwaycafe.vpweb.co.uk for opening times.
As a linear walk you have two choices for getting there: either to leave a car at each end, or to use local buses.
|Start to Wightwick Mill Lock|
Start point: 52.6083 lat, -2.1453 long
Commence the walk along the towpath, heading down the slope to the right of the bridge. On your left, you can see the junction with the Birmingham Old Main Line canal, which rises via a flight of 20 locks to Wolverhampton. Follow the towpath, keeping the canal on your left. There are four nature boards along this walk which detail some of the history of the local area, three of which are along this first section.
|Wightwick Mill Lock to End|
Start point: 52.5839 lat, -2.1848 long
Continue to follow the towpath, keeping the canal on your left, until you reach Dimmingsdale Lock. The path takes you over to the other side of the canal at the end of this lock.
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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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