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Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Pools

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Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Pools
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 19 Sep 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Poolsstar0 Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Poolsstar0 Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Poolsstar0 Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Poolsstar0 Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Pools
West Midlands, Tipton
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Pools
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Pools boot Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Pools
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This is a 5 mile linear trail from Owen Street Bridge in Tipton, to Titford canal and Titford Pools in Oldbury. Allow 1.5-2 hours to complete. The trail follows the route of the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction, before turning off and following the line of the Titford canal to Titford Pools.

The route itself is along a canal towpath. There are no steps or stiles, but there are a couple of bridges to navigate. There are also several radar key scheme gates. The route starts in Tipton which has a small shopping centre and ends in Oldbury, adjacent to Birchley Crossings, J2 of the M5.

The route offers views of the local area, some of which are urbanised while others are more rural. There are also historical points of interest along the route.

As a linear walk you have two choices for getting there: either to leave a car at each end, or to use local buses.

By car to start point: The nearest parking is a free car park off Albion Street, Tipton. Approximate postcode: DY4 8QG

By car from end point: there is a small amount of parking off Birchfield Lane (take the first turning on the left after Toys 'r' Us). At the end of the walk, head onto the main road and walk left. Alternatively, there is residential parking on the other side of Birchfield Lane.

By bus to start point: several buses depart Dudley bus station for Tipton frequently. Stop ID: nwmdmgwa

By bus from end point: The 127 bus, run by Diamond Bus, departs this stop. See diamondbuses.com for timetable. Stop ID: nwmtgmag

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Walk Sections

Start to Tipton Junction
Start to Tipton Junction

Start point: 52.5285 lat, -2.07 long
End point: 52.5251 lat, -2.0725 long

At Owen Street Bridge, take the blue brick path, on the opposite side to the health centre, down onto Beehive Walk. The canal will be visible in front of you. Follow it, keeping it on your right. Go under Tipton Green Bridge. After a short distance, Tipton Junction will be visible on your right. There is a signpost to the left of the towpath.

Tipton Junction Narrows is visible on the far side of the canal, which leads down to the Black Country Museum. Your path continues to the left.

Tipton Junction to Tividale Aqueduct
Tipton Junction to Tividale Aqueduct

Start point: 52.5251 lat, -2.0725 long
End point: 52.5165 lat, -2.0483 long

The canal continues on the right. This section, although it passes through an urbanised area, is quite green and there is often wildlife to see. Continue under Pitchfork Bridge and Coneygree Railway Bridge. The railway is now disused.

Continue on past Tividale Quays Basin, and over (or around) Kiers Arm Bridge. This branch has long since been closed and developed over, and only the bridge remains. Continue on until you arrive at Tividale Aqueduct. This carries the Old Main Line over the Dudley Canal. Observe the signpost at the top of the slope. To the right is Netherton Tunnel, which sadly cannot be seen from this height. To see it, go down the slope. The large building at the base of the slope is the old tollhouse.

Tividale Aqueduct to Brades Hall Junction Bridge
Tividale Aqueduct to Brades Hall Junction Bridge

Start point: 52.5165 lat, -2.0483 long
End point: 52.5108 lat, -2.0333 long

Continue on under two bridges. The canal is quite green along this section and there are often patches of wildflowers. The strange blue brick contraption is part of an overflow weir, the outlet for which can be seen a little further on on the left. The canal narrows here, as this is Tividale Toll Stop.

Continue on under Fishers Bridge, cross the bridge over the disused basin and then onto Brades Hall Junction Bridge. This bridge takes you over the junction of the Old Main Line with the Gower Branch, which descends through three locks to Albion Junction on the 453' Birmingham level.

Brades Hall Junction Bridge to Oldbury Junction
Brades Hall Junction Bridge to Oldbury Junction

Start point: 52.5108 lat, -2.0333 long
End point: 52.5013 lat, -2.01 long

Continue on with the canal on your right. Go under three bridges. Just after the third bridge, there are pontoons on the far side of the canal and a small basin. This was once the Chemical (or Houghton) Arm, one of the last canal trading points on the Birmingham Canal Network. It was in use as late as 1974.

Go under Seven Stars bridge and the towpath will continue over the bridge to the now closed Seven Stars Arm. The arm has been built over by a factory. A short distance further on, you will see Oldbury Wharf on your right. Continue underneath the imposing concrete structure that carries the M5 motorway, and after a short distance, you will see Oldbury Junction Bridge.

Oldbury Junction to End
Oldbury Junction to End

Start point: 52.5013 lat, -2.01 long
End point: 52.4916 lat, -2.0245 long

Cross the bridge over the Old Main Line and you will find the Titford Canal running on your left. This branch opened in 1837 to serve the Langley area. It climbs via six locks to 511' above sea level, then continues to Titford Pool. The basin on the left, immediately after the junction, served Midland Tar Distiller's Springfield works. The company was based here until 1966.

The bridge between locks 4 and 3 was over the Crow Arm, named after the local industrialist Jim Crow. It served the works of Albright and Wilson. The building adjacent to lock 1 is Titford Engine House. It is a Grade II listed building and was used to pump water up from the Wolverhampton canal level to the reservoir. The canal visible in front of the building is the Tat Bank Branch, which was originally used as a feeder to the Smethwick Summit.

The path continues on underneath a disused railway bridge. Shortly after this, the Langley Maltings building is in view on the far side of the canal. This is another Grade II listed building and was once used in the manufacture of the malting stage of beer making. Continue to follow the canal past the large winding hole (a place for narrowboats to turn) on the left. Go under Uncle Bens Bridge and Jarvis Bridge and you will come to Titford Pools. The trees in the water delineate the paths of two separate branches - to your left is Causeway Green and straight ahead is Portway. Continue straight, under the M5 bridge, until you arrive at Birchfield Bridge and the terminus of the walk.

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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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