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Staff and Worcs Canal: Cookley to Kidderminster

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Staff and Worcs Canal: Cookley to Kidderminster
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 09 Mar 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Worcestershire, Cookley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Staff and Worcs Canal: Cookley to Kidderminster
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This is a 3 mile linear walk along a section of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. It commences at Cookley village and heads through quiet countryside to Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

The walk itself is along a canal towpath and offers views of the surrounding countryside and of the canal, which is often reasonably busy with boat traffic. The footpath is a well maintained gravel path for the most part and would also be suitable for cyclists. However, there are some low bridges that you will need to take care of while going under and there is also a short tunnel, for which you will need a torch. There are no stiles.

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 parking: Residential parking is available in Cookley village.

End Parking: There are several pay and display car parks in Kidderminster.

From car park to the start point: The canal can be accessed via a wooden gate and footpath next to the row of houses at the end of the village.

From end point to the car park: The canal towpath is adjacent to the A456. Cross the main road to get to Kidderminster town centre.

By bus to start point: the 192 departs Kidderminster bus station. See diamondbuses.com for timetable.

By bus from end point: Kidderminster bus station is nearby, with buses serving the surrounding area.

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Walk Sections

Start to The Lock
Start to The Lock

Start point: 52.4215 lat, -2.2326 long
End point: 52.41 lat, -2.25 long

Follow the towpath, keeping the canal on your left. The trail heads under the tunnel that takes the canal under the houses. Take care here, as the footing can be somewhat uneven. The canal will soon pass into countryside surroundings. Follow the towpath for 1.5 miles, to The Lock public house.

The Lock to End
The Lock to End

Start point: 52.41 lat, -2.25 long
End point: 52.389 lat, -2.2521 long

After passing the lock, follow the towpath underneath the road bridge. The path continues on through the countryside for about a mile, before becoming more built up close to Kidderminster town centre.

At the end of the walk, you can see a remnant of the canal's industrial past. There is a crane on the far bank, at the foot of the church. This would originally have been used to remove the materials that barges would have been delivering to the town for the carpet trade.

Adjacent to the road is a lock. Your walk terminates here. Bear right to access the main road, then cross straight over for Kidderminster town centre.

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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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