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|Stourbridge Canal: Fens Pools to Stourbridge|
|Author: Sammy, Published: 30 Oct 2014||Walk Rating:|
|West Midlands, Stourbridge|
|This is a 4 mile linear walk along a few branches of the Stourbridge Canal. It commences at The Fens Pools in Pensnett and ends near to The Bonded Warehouse in Stourbridge.
The walk itself is along a canal towpath and offers views of the surrounding countryside and of the canal, which is often reasonably busy with boat traffic. There are a couple of nature boards along the route detailing some of the history of the local area. There are also points of historical interest. The footpath is a well maintained tarmac path for the most part and would also be suitable for cyclists. However, there are several low bridges that you will need to take care of while going under and some slopes can be slippery during wet weather.
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 Leys Junction|
Start point: 52.4951 lat, -2.1301 long
The walk starts at The Fens Pools, a feeder reservoir for the Stourbridge canal. They were constructed in the 1770s and are now a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), noted for the variety of waterfowl present here, as well as Great Crested Newts.
|Leys Junction to Wordsley Junction|
Start point: 52.4836 lat, -2.1416 long
Continue to follow the towpath, keeping the canal on your left. It now descends through 16 locks towards Stourbridge. At lock 3, there is a radar key scheme gate. Go through this then follow the path under the road bridge. Take care on the cobbled surface.
|Wordsley Junction to End|
Start point: 52.4726 lat, -2.1643 long
At Wordsley Junction, take the bridge over the canal, signposted Wordsley Junction Bridge. This canal is the Stourbridge Branch of the Stourbridge Canal. This odd naming convention arose as the Stourbridge Canal Main Line leads from The Delph at Amblecote to Stourbridge Junction at Stourton. The "Town Arm" as it is known, provided access to the town of Stourbridge and the industry there, lots of which is still visible alongside the canal.
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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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