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|Shropshire Union Canal: Brewood to Autherley Junction|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 11 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 5 mile linear walk along a section of the Shropshire Union Canal. It commences at Brewood (locally pronounced "brood") and heads through quiet countryside, which gradually becomes more urbanised, to Autherley Junction, where the Shropshire Union meets the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. |
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, especially in summer. There is a flight of 15 steps at the start of the walk. The footpath is quite muddy for a couple of miles at the start of the walk, as the canal goes through a cutting, and can be overgrown later on. It becomes more maintained after Bridge 6. The route would likely 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, however there is a radar key scheme gate near to Bridge 4. There are a few shops and a pub in Brewood, but most of the route is well away from urban areas.
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 Bridge 6|
Start point: 52.6773 lat, -2.1786 long
After going through the gate, descend the steps to the canal towpath. Here you will find three noticeboards detailing the history and geography of the local area. Follow the towpath with the canal on your right.
|Bridge 6 to End|
Start point: 52.6441 lat, -2.1618 long
After passing under Bridge 6, the towpath becomes more well-maintained. Continue to follow the route with the canal on your right.
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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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