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|Fradley Junction and Riley Hill|
|Author: , Published: 22 Nov 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Staffordshire, Riley Hill|
|A 7 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 at 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. At least one of the fields may be holding cattle 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 metal gates. There are several long stretches of road walking with no pavements so take care of traffic. Approximate time 3 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 Shadehouse Lock and Cottage|
Start point: 52.7243 lat, -1.7905 long
Exit the Canal and River Trust car park and turn left, walk through the open large wooden gate into the courtyard, exit the courtyard at the right hand corner and go onto the towpath. Proceed straight walking towards Bridge 51, the canal should be on your right. On the other side of the canal you can see the award winning Nature Reserve.
|Shadehouse Lock and Cottage to Wood End Lock|
Start point: 52.7219 lat, -1.7986 long
Go through the metal chicane and you will come onto a stretch of towpath that is mainly grass and is not greatly used. As such, this next section could be muddy and very slippery, depending on the time of year and weather. Keep walking along the towpath. As you walk along this section of the towpath there are large woodland areas on either side of you.
|Wood End Lock to BR 54|
Start point: 52.7195 lat, -1.8123 long
As you proceed along this next section of the towpath you will see some more private moorings, open fields and woodland areas. You will come across another cast iron mile sign (where you will notice that it is a mile between this one and the last mile sign you passed).
|BR 54 to T junction|
Start point: 52.7305 lat, -1.8297 long
Carry on walking straight ahead along the towpath. After only having walked for a short while on your left you will see the very large entrance/exit off the canal, for Kings Bromley Marina. This is a very large marina where there is parking, a shop, diesel, coal, logs and lots more. There is also a boat sales here so if you fancy a life on the canal this could be a good stop for you to buy that dream boat.
|T Junction to Signpost|
Start point: 52.74 lat, -1.7833 long
Again this stretch of road has no pavement, grass verge or walkway so be mindful of traffic as you walk along. You will see open fields to the left and right with some woodland areas dotted about and small groups of housing in the distance. This is a fairly long stretch of road walking, but there is plenty of open countryside around you to enjoy as you walk.
|Signpost to End|
Start point: 52.7245 lat, -1.7911 long
This is a fairly long stretch of road that will lead you back to Fradley Junction. You will see along the way open fields to your left and right. Again this road has no grass verge or pavement, so be mindful of the traffic on this fairly busy road. About three quarters of the way along this road you will come to a large opening on your right, the entrance to an exclusive countryside venue. Stay with the road which bears round to the left passing some beautiful cottages on your right.
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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: 21 Nov 2015
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