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|Fradley Junction and Alrewas|
|Author: andyt2404, Published: 12 Nov 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from Fradley Junction in Staffordshire. This route explores the countryside which includes farmland and villages as well as sections along the Trent and Mersey Canal (at the start of the walk) and the Coventry Canal (towards the end). There is plenty of wildlife to see along the way. There is a canal visitor centre that is worth exploring, however it is run by volunteers and times of opening vary. At the junction there are several listed buildings, these are: Cottages, Warehouse, Crossover bridge and lock and on the Wharf you will find the original Stables, Carpenters shop and Blacksmiths (which now form part of the cafe and visitor centre). On the opposite side of the canal you will find the award winning Nature Reserve, this is well worth a look for all the family to enjoy. |
The route will take you along a mixture of tarmac surfaces, towpaths and footpaths across farmers fields. Some of the fields are likely to be holding horses and sheep so take particular care with dogs. Parts of the route can be muddy, depending on the time of year. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates plus six stiles. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at the Canal and River Trust Fradley Junction car park alongside the canal visitor centre. The centre is accessed from the A38 at Alrewas and Fradley Park. Take the A513 towards Kings Bromley. After 2 miles turn left, signed towards Fradley Junction. Follow signs to the car park. The car park is pay and display and costs £1 for 4 hours or £1.50 for the full day (correct November 2015). Approximate post code DE13 7DN.
|Start to Common Lock|
Start point: 52.7242 lat, -1.7902 long
Leave the Canal & River Trust car park and turn right onto the designated tarmac walkway for pedestrians. This walkway runs along the complete length of the access road so be mindful of traffic entering and exiting the junction. As you walk along, the canal will be on your left and an open field on your right. The moorings along this stretch of canal are a mix of private and tourist moorings.
|Common Lock to Alrewas Cricket Club|
Start point: 52.73 lat, -1.7757 long
Carry on along the towpath. After walking for a few minutes you will come across a wrought iron mile sign set back from the water's edge. The information on this sign says Shardlow 24 miles (in the direction you have just come from) and Preston Brook 68 miles (going in the direction you are traveling). This mileage post was sponsored by the National Westminster Bank (there is a picture of this in the gallery section).
|Alrewas Cricket Club to Village Post Office|
Start point: 52.7303 lat, -1.7539 long
Enter the car park, keep to the right and walk straight ahead until you reach a gap in the bottom right corner. Follow this path, with a solid fence on your left. Turn left part way along keeping the fence on your left and now you will see the enclosed tennis courts on your right. As you reach the end of the fencing, turn sharp left and walk straight ahead (the fence is still on your left and you will hear the traffic of the road hidden behind the hedge to your right), until you come to a stile on your right.
|Village Post Office to Bridge 90|
Start point: 52.7198 lat, -1.7626 long
At the T-junction turn right onto Church Lane and continue along this road ignoring all side turns. On this section there are houses on your right and left. After a short period of time the houses will disappear and there will be a field on your left. From this point onwards there is only the path you are walking on as on your left is a banked grass verge. After walking for a short period you will see ahead and to your right a very tall elegant looking spire, the spire of the village church.
|Bridge 90 to Swing Bridge|
Start point: 52.7159 lat, -1.7702 long
Walk under bridge 90 and follow the towpath. This is the final stretch back to Fradley Junction, the canal should be on your left. You will now be walking along a stretch of the Coventry Canal. Shortly up ahead you will see another road bridge, bridge 90a. As you walk under this bridge you will notice that it looks fairly new, there is a date plaque on either side of the bridge that says 2000 (I don't know if this replaced an original bridge or was added as an extra).
|Swing Bridge to End|
Start point: 52.7232 lat, -1.7927 long
Carry on walking past the swing bridge and follow the towpath as it goes round to the right. From the corner of the junction look straight across to see some of the listed buildings mentioned in the introduction, one of them being the pub. This pub is very popular for tourists and locals alike with seating outside overlooking the canal, a good spot to watch the boats go by.
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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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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
This is a cast iron mile sign
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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
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