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|Staffs Railway and Staffs & Worcs Canal Circular Trail|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 10 Jun 2014||Walk Rating:|
|This is an 8 mile circular trail that starts at Wombourn Railway Station, goes up the disused railway line to Compton, then switches to the Staffs and Worcs Canal to head back to the start. Allow 3.5 hours to complete the walk, less if you keep a steady pace. The route offers views of the local countryside, and follows a path through woodland and along canal towpaths. Much wildlife can be seen and heard along this route, and you will also pass by several lock systems. It is also suitable for cyclists.
There is a cafe at the start/end of the walk and there are several shops available at Compton, the first waypoint about midway through the walk.
The walk starts and finishes from the Railway Walk Car Park off Bratch Lane in Wombourne. Turn off the A449 onto Billy Buns Lane, then keep left onto Bratch Lane. Take the turning on the right immediately preceding the railway bridge, opposite Station Road. A sign at the entrance to the free car park details the closure times.
|Start to Compton|
Start point: 52.5439 lat, -2.1927 long
The first section of the walk is roughly 6km (about 3.5 miles)in length.
|Compton to End|
Start point: 52.5868 lat, -2.1739 long
In summary, this return leg along the canal will take you under five bridges, over one then under another. Some of them are quite low, so take care when walking underneath. Cyclists are advised to dismount when going underneath.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by iFootpath and the author sammy_benbow and may not be reproduced without permission.
The first part of the walk on the old railway line was lovely with some good views. As this section progresses it gets a bit less interesting as the woodland becomes denser and you're just looking at trees for a while, however it is perfectly pleasant. It's when you start the return canal leg of the walk that things get really good. This stretch of canal is very pretty and there are some ingesting features along the way including various locks. I did this walk in January and it was pretty muddy in places, as you would expect but it was a gorgeous winter day which made the scenery look even more lush. I may not walk the railway portion again but I will certainly Be returning to walk more of the canal. A good solid choice for a Sunday afternoon walk.
|By bradneybass on 10 Jan 2018|
Lovely walk today. Easy (both because it is relatively flat and the instructions are simple to follow). Enjoyed it immensely.
|By Weezyben on 26 Aug 2017|
Had a great walk this morning using this route but adding a couple of miles on by starting at Giggety Lane canal bridge and getting off the railway line at common road. Stopped off at Odd Fellows pub in Compton which broke the journey up nicely with a cup of tea and coffee.
|By gaz2004 on 17 Apr 2016|
I did this walk yesterday (30.09.15) in what was a most glorious day as it was mainly very warm sunshine. I started off along the old railway track through beautiful woodland at a brisk pace taking in the scenery and wildlife that I saw. It is a steady slight incline which is enjoyable and taxes the body unless you want to bimble. It's a lovely walk and very enjoyable. I think it was the penultimate road bridge I went under that had beautiful and tasteful graffiti on it's walls, very well done and very artful and also pleasing to the eye. When I reached my point of going down to the road I found that I missed my turning, the reason being I was looking for a downward flight of steps. Using the GPS tracker in the app I found that I had walked past where I was to descend, on returning to that point I found that there are no steps but a gradual tarmaced slope which I can only guess has replaced the steps when this walk was first done for the website. Once on the canal and on my return leg I found a very easy and lovely walk all the way back to my start and again with the sunny weather it made it even more pleasurable. A very pleasant and rewarding chill at my journeys end with a lovely cappuccino at the Railway Cafe which I find to be very friendly and well worth the visit. I found on my walk tracker this was just over 8 and a half miles and I completed it in 2 hours 40 minutes but like I said earlier I was walking briskly at an average of 3.7 mph. Yet another great walk from iFootpath, thank you.
|By andyt2404 on 01 Oct 2015|
@Sammy_Benbow 59 is the Compton Road bridge, at the start of the canal section of the walk. Oddfellows Hall is nearby.
|By Twitter on 01 Aug 2015|
|By Mabella on 29 Jul 2015|
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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