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|Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Wolverhampton to Wednesbury Oak Loop|
|Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 22 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Wolverhampton|
|This is a 5 mile linear walk from Wolverhampton to Bradley. It follows the route of the Old Main Line canal before turning onto the Wednesbury Oak Loop canal and comprises of two junctions, a tunnel and several points of interest. Some parts of the route are urbanised while others are more rural. |
The walk commences in Wolverhampton and ends in Bradley. Wolverhampton has most if not all amenities, while Bradley is a residential area.
The walk takes place along well maintained towpaths, but note that parts may be muddy during/after wet weather. A torch is also highly recommended as the tunnel is unlit. Allow 2-2.5 hours to complete. The route is mostly flat but there are a couple of points where it will be necessary to ascend a bridge. 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.
The route is mostly green, with some areas offering access to local green spaces. However, as this is the Black Country, parts are quite urbanised and may be close to factories and/or housing estates. There is often a goodly amount of flora and fauna to see - keep your eyes peeled for plants like wild marjoram, flax and evening primrose and bird life like herons and Canada geese.
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 the Metro 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. You may often see ducks and geese here too.
|Horseley Fields Junction to Chillington Wharf|
Start point: 52.5853 lat, -2.113 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, -2.112 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 Highfields Colliery Coal Wharf|
Start point: 52.5529 lat, -2.0901 long
Your path continues on the left. Follow the towpath with the canal on your right. The canal was built by James Brindley at around 1770, as part of the Main Line. There are several bridges to negotiate under.
|Highfields Colliery Coal Wharf to End|
Start point: 52.5572 lat, -2.0792 long
Continue on with the canal on your right.
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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