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|Staff and Worcs Canal: The Bratch to Stourton|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 02 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 7 mile linear walk along a section of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. It commences at The Bratch, a staircase of locks near Wombourne and heads through quiet countryside to Stourton, between Stourbridge and Kinver.
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 of while going under and there is a flight of about 15 steps at Swindon Lock. There are no stiles.
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 Greensforge|
Start point: 52.5416 lat, -2.1968 long
Start the walk by following the tarmac path down onto the towpath. The canal will be on your left. The route proceeds under a few bridges with access to pubs, often via a main road. At the first lock, Marsh Lock, however, the towpath switches sides, crossing the canal via a low bridge. There are two nature boards in the short distance between Marsh Lock and Swindon Lock. At Swindon Lock, the towpath crosses the canal again, by a low bridge at the far end of the lock.
|Greensforge to End|
Start point: 52.4955 lat, -2.205 long
The route now becomes more rural. Take the path underneath the bridge, then continue to follow the towpath. Parts of this route are likely to be slightly overgrown at the height of summer. The bridges along this section are more picturesque and views of the local countryside can sometimes be seen through the trees. The stream you can occasionally see following the route is Smestow Brook. The Brook, also known as Smestow River, has its origin in the Springfield area of Wolverhampton. It is a tributary of the River Stour.
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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