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|Wyrley and Essington Canal: Horseley Fields to Sneyd Junction Bridge|
|Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 21 Oct 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Bloxwich|
|This is a 6 mile linear trail from Horseley Fields Junction Bridge in Wolverhampton, to Sneyd Junction in Bloxwich. It follows the course of the Wyrley and Essington Canal. Allow 2-2.5 hours to complete. |
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 Wolverhampton which has all the usual amenities and ends near to Bloxwich, a busy town. There are also several shops near to the first waypoint.
This route is something of a "route of two halves". It starts in a highly developed area of Wolverhampton but ends between several nature reserves. There are several canal junctions along the route and points of historical interest. There is also lots of wildlife to see, particularly at the end of the walk. Kingsfishers have been spotted between waypoints 1 and 2.
As a linear walk you have two choices for getting there: either to leave a car at each end, or to use local buses/trains.
|Start to Bentley Bridge Basin|
Start point: 52.5853 lat, -2.113 long
The walk starts at the junction of the Wyrley and Essington Canal and the Old Main Line canals. At the far side of the Old Main Line, note the white BCN-style signpost. The centre arm points the way the trail is headed. Go under the railway bridge, keeping the canal on your right.
|Bentley Bridge Basin to Devils Elbow Bridge|
Start point: 52.597 lat, -2.0925 long
Continue to follow the canal towpath, keeping the canal on your left. The canal now meanders past Wednesfield town and the adjacent suburban areas. Although the area is suburbanised, several forms of wildlife can be seen along here. Keep your eyes peeled for a flash of turquoise and your ears piqued for a high pitched pip-pip-pip sound, as you may catch sight of a kingfisher.
|Devils Elbow Bridge to Holly Bank Basin|
Start point: 52.6103 lat, -2.0692 long
Continue under Devils Elbow Bridge. The route continues under Olinthus Bridge, Castle Road bridge and Perry Hall road bridge. Shortly after this bridge, the remains of Pool Hayes and Miles Meadow Colliery Wharf can be seen on the far side of the canal. There is a barrier across, but wetland plants can be seen growing on the far side. The colliery operated from 1889 until the early 1900s.
|Holly Bank Basin to End|
Start point: 52.6025 lat, -2.0419 long
The trail continues on along the towpath, keeping the canal on your left. After proceeding under two bridges, the canal enters an area dominated by nature reserves. Bentley Haye Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is on the towpath side, while Rough Wood is on the far side. The low rumbling sound that can be heard is the M6, which unfortunately the canal eventually travels under.
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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