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|Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Wolverhampton to Tipton|
|Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 19 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Wolverhampton|
|This is a 6 mile linear walk from Wolverhampton to Tipton. It follows the route of the Old Main Line canal and comprises of two junctions, two tunnels and several points of interest. Some parts of the route are urbanised while others are more rural. |
The walk commences in Wolverhampton and concludes in Tipton, both of which offer various shops.
The walk takes place along well maintained towpaths for the most part, but there is some road walking involved. A torch is also highly recommended as the tunnels are unlit. Allow 2-2.5 hours to complete. There are some reasonably steep inclines and also a short flight of about a dozen steps. There are a few radar key scheme gates, and as early parts of the route form part of the Birmingham and Black Country Cycleway (route 81), there will often be cyclists.
As a linear walk you have several choices for getting there: either to leave a car at each end, or to use local buses or trains. Catching a train may be a quicker, more convenient option for returning to the start point.
|Start to Horseley Fields Junction|
Start point: 52.5887 lat, -2.1226 long
The walk starts in the redeveloped Hay Basin. There are green areas here and several benches. There are also often ducks and geese.
|Horseley Fields Junction to Chillington Wharf|
Start point: 52.5852 lat, -2.1129 long
Continue over the bridge, keeping right as you descend under Horseley Fields Bridge. Again, on the far side of the canal, large buildings can be seen that date from the origins of the canals.
|Chillington Wharf to Deepfields Junction|
Start point: 52.5802 lat, -2.1121 long
Continue to follow the towpath under Bilston Road Bridge. There is an interesting sight along this stretch. At one point, as the canal bends to the left, you may notice the towpath dip slightly for a short distance. If you look closely at the side of the towpath, you may be able to see a metal grating. This dipped section would once have been used to regulate the water level in the canal, with the towpath above it.
|Deepfields Junction to Coseley Tunnel|
Start point: 52.5528 lat, -2.0902 long
This next short section leads you to Coseley Tunnel, which was opened in 1837. The opening of the tunnel removed three miles from the length of the journey along the Old Main Line.
|Coseley Tunnel to End|
Start point: 52.5442 lat, -2.0882 long
To continue the walk, follow the path from the end of the footbridge up the slope. Climb the steps, then turn left. At the adjacent junction, turn left onto Ivyhouse Lane. Cross the road, then head right along Tunnel Street. Cross this road and walk down to the traffic island. Take the second exit along Bayer Street. Walk down this road, crossing the rail bridge, until you reach the junction with Martyn Close. Turn right here, cross the rail bridge, then bear left immediately afterwards, next to the metal access pole.
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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