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|Himley and Swindon Canal Trail|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 12 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Himley|
|This is a 5 mile circular walk that starts at the dismantled Himley Station, follows the South Staffs Railway line, turns along the Wom Brook then heads onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, before turning back along Hinksford Lane and returning to Himley. It encompasses woodland and towpath sections. It is covered by OS Explorer map 219. |
For the very most part, the path follows made footpaths. However, there is a short stretch, just after Hinksford Lock that follows a dirt path. There are a couple of stiles and several flights of steps. The gradients are quite shallow, however. The towpath section of the trail is popular with cyclists.
Himley Station is located just off the B4176, near to the junction with the A449. At the junction with the A449, head along the B4176 and take the turning marked Himley Lane, in front of Sandiacre Farm Shop. After 100m, go under the bridge then take the immediate right. The entrance is signposted South Staffordshire Railway Walk with a height barrier of 2.1m. Drive along the lane and you will find car parking spaces at the end. The car park is opened at 9AM and there is a sign detailing the time that the car park will be closed at night at the entrance to the lane.
|Start to Wom Brook|
Start point: 52.5189 lat, -2.1889 long
Leave the car park by the metal gate and head onto the footpath. This will take you past Himley Plantation on the left. The path will go underneath several bridges and can be very muddy in parts. It is quite straight and roughly 1.8km in length. Continue on until you come to the left-hand access path to the Wom Brook. You will likely see the right hand access path first, continue on for another 40m until you see the steps leading down to the left.
|Wom Brook to Canal Walk|
Start point: 52.533 lat, -2.1922 long
Descend the steps down towards the metal gates. Go through and follow the path alongside the Wom Brook. After 140m, the path splits. Continue straight and take a sharp left. Cross over the green bridge then take the immediate right to continue following the brook. The path here is well maintained but can be slightly wet in places. Continue on for 450m until you come to a nature board entitled "Wom Brook Walk, Giggety Estate Section". Go through the wooden gate and cross over Planks Lane. Turn left then take the footpath on the bridge over the canal. Just after the bridge, there is a sloped footpath that leads down onto the canal towpath. Follow this.
|Canal Walk to Hinksford Lane|
Start point: 52.5315 lat, -2.2009 long
This section of the walk is roughly 3km long and follows the towpath of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. The towpath has the tendency to gather many puddles during wet weather. Go under the bridge, following the path for 650m to the next bridge. After a further 850m, you will find Botterham Lock. Continue to follow the path for another 550m, then cross Marsh Bridge to the other side of the canal. This section of towpath has several nature boards. After another 280m, you will come to another lock by a main road. There is a slim metal bridge with a handhold on one side at the far end of the lock. Cross this, then go down the steps and underneath the bridge.
|Hinksford Lane to Fields|
Start point: 52.508 lat, -2.1968 long
Follow the path past the pylon on your right. The path will take you past a house and into a yard with several large buildings. Within the yard, turn left and walk between the large grey building on your right and the hay storage shed on your left. Continue straight on past the small lake with the island on your left and the paddock on your right. There is another small pond a little further down on the right hand side. Follow the road until you come to the metal gate.
|Fields to End|
Start point: 52.5126 lat, -2.1947 long
After going past the metal gate, set out across the arable fields that abut Hinksford Lane. The path is clearly laid out. Skylarks can often be heard here during the Spring. Continue straight towards the metal gate and exit the field by the gap to the right of the gate. This brings you onto Himley Lane. Walk 150m down the road, then turn in to the entrance to Himley Station, where you commenced the walk. There is a picnic area here with several benches.
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Yet another great walk completed today, this walk has a mix of woodland, canal and countryside and gives the walker plenty so see along the way. My walk through the wooded section at the beginning was fascinating because at one point it goes through a cut that must have been a nightmare to dig through. The rock climbs up high on either side and the various colours of rock through the layers is amazing. It made me think how hard it must have been to cut through this so the railway line could be laid, my hat goes off to all those workers of days gone by. My walk along the fairly fast flowing Wom Brook was lovely and the water is so crystal clear. Next it was onto the towpath for the leg back to the start, plenty to see along the way which included Swans, Ducks some very beautiful and very expensive waterfront properties as well as a few canal boats and the usual angler or two. As you come off of the towpath it's back into the final stretch which takes you through open country side with excellent views to be seen. If you like a bit of variety with your walk then I would suggest that you do this one. On completion I drove down to the Railway Station near the Bratch Locks for a lovely coffee, hmmm memo to self perhaps next time I walk there and back as it can only be about a mile or mile and a half. I'll do the walk again sometime and let you know unless you beat me to it.
|By andyt2404 on 14 Oct 2015|
Lovely walk. A pleasure to take the canal and see the well maintained locks. On the whole, the guidance was great. Our only problem was that it did not say to cross the canal at Hinksford Lock, and the trail is not obvious here from the opposite side of the canal, which meant that we strayed a little and ended up going back on ourselves. I look forward to following the walk again in the near future
|By andeana21 on 12 Mar 2017|
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