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|Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Tipton to Titford Canal & Titford Pools|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 19 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Tipton|
|This is a 5 mile linear trail from Owen Street Bridge in Tipton, to Titford canal and Titford Pools in Oldbury. Allow 1.5-2 hours to complete. The trail follows the route of the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction, before turning off and following the line of the Titford canal to Titford Pools. |
The route itself is along a canal towpath. There are no steps or stiles, but there are a couple of bridges to navigate. There are also several radar key scheme gates. The route starts in Tipton which has a small shopping centre and ends in Oldbury, adjacent to Birchley Crossings, J2 of the M5.
The route offers views of the local area, some of which are urbanised while others are more rural. There are also historical points of interest along the route.
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 to Tipton Junction|
Start point: 52.5285 lat, -2.07 long
At Owen Street Bridge, take the blue brick path, on the opposite side to the health centre, down onto Beehive Walk. The canal will be visible in front of you. Follow it, keeping it on your right. Go under Tipton Green Bridge. After a short distance, Tipton Junction will be visible on your right. There is a signpost to the left of the towpath.
|Tipton Junction to Tividale Aqueduct|
Start point: 52.5251 lat, -2.0725 long
The canal continues on the right. This section, although it passes through an urbanised area, is quite green and there is often wildlife to see. Continue under Pitchfork Bridge and Coneygree Railway Bridge. The railway is now disused.
|Tividale Aqueduct to Brades Hall Junction Bridge|
Start point: 52.5165 lat, -2.0483 long
Continue on under two bridges. The canal is quite green along this section and there are often patches of wildflowers. The strange blue brick contraption is part of an overflow weir, the outlet for which can be seen a little further on on the left. The canal narrows here, as this is Tividale Toll Stop.
|Brades Hall Junction Bridge to Oldbury Junction|
Start point: 52.5108 lat, -2.0333 long
Continue on with the canal on your right. Go under three bridges. Just after the third bridge, there are pontoons on the far side of the canal and a small basin. This was once the Chemical (or Houghton) Arm, one of the last canal trading points on the Birmingham Canal Network. It was in use as late as 1974.
|Oldbury Junction to End|
Start point: 52.5013 lat, -2.01 long
Cross the bridge over the Old Main Line and you will find the Titford Canal running on your left. This branch opened in 1837 to serve the Langley area. It climbs via six locks to 511' above sea level, then continues to Titford Pool. The basin on the left, immediately after the junction, served Midland Tar Distiller's Springfield works. The company was based here until 1966.
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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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