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|Staff and Worcs Canal: Stourton to Cookley|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 22 Oct 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 5 mile linear trail from Stourton to Cookley. Allow 1.5-2 hours to complete. The trail follows the route of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. The route offers views of the local area, most of which rural. There are several points of historical interest and also a short tunnel. |
The route itself is along a canal towpath. There is a short flight of steps and some slopes may be slippery. There are a couple of bridges and gates to navigate. The route starts in Stourton, passes by Kinver village which has several shops available and ends near to Cookley, which also has a few shops. The only toilets on the walk are in Kinver village.
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 Kinver|
Start point: 52.4614 lat, -2.2055 long
Standing facing the lock, your path proceeds on your right and will take you down a slope alongside the lock, which can be slippery. After passing through the arch, the towpath continues. Follow the towpath alongside the canal for the entire journey, keeping the canal on your left.
|Kinver to Whittington|
Start point: 52.4489 lat, -2.2236 long
On passing under the bridge, continue to follow the towpath. The route from here on becomes much more rural. Directly after the bridge, you may be able to see the "rock houses" along Gibraltar. They are set into the sandstone outcrop on the far side of the canal, and are caves hollowed out of the stone. They were lived in until the early 1960s.
|Whittington to End|
Start point: 52.4401 lat, -2.2175 long
There is an attractive white lock-keepers cottage here, now a private residence. Cross over the road and take the short flight of steps down onto the towpath to continue 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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