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Fradley Junction and Alrewas

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Fradley Junction and Alrewas
Author: andyt2404, Published: 12 Nov 2015 Walk Rating:star1 Fradley Junction and Alrewas Walking Guide star1 Fradley Junction and Alrewas Walking Guide star1 Fradley Junction and Alrewas Walking Guide star1 Fradley Junction and Alrewas Walking Guide star0 Fradley Junction and Alrewas Walking Guide
Staffordshire, Alrewas
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Fradley Junction and Alrewas
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Fradley Junction and Alrewas Walking Guide boot Fradley Junction and Alrewas Walking Guide
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A 5 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 the Coventry Canal (towards 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. Some of the fields are likely to be holding horses and sheep 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 kissing gates plus six stiles. Approximate time 2.5 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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Common Lock
Start to Common Lock

Start point: 52.7242 lat, -1.7902 long
End point: 52.73 lat, -1.7757 long

Leave the Canal & River Trust car park and turn right onto the designated tarmac walkway for pedestrians. This walkway runs along the complete length of the access road so be mindful of traffic entering and exiting the junction. As you walk along, the canal will be on your left and an open field on your right. The moorings along this stretch of canal are a mix of private and tourist moorings.

As you approach the end of this section you will see ahead of you Keepers Lock and Bridge 50. There is a set of lock gates directly in front of the bridge and the Keepers cottage is on your right. When you get to the end cross over the road (this can be busy so be mindful of the traffic) turn left and walk over the bridge. As you get to the end of the bridge, on your right you will see an opening leading down to the towpath. Walk down the slope onto the towpath and carry on walking, the canal should be on your right.

As you walk along the towpath you will come across another set of locks, these locks are called Hunts Lock. Up ahead on your right there are some moorings, these are all private moorings. The next set of locks you will come across are called Common Lock.

Common Lock to Alrewas Cricket Club
Common Lock to Alrewas Cricket Club

Start point: 52.73 lat, -1.7757 long
End point: 52.7303 lat, -1.7539 long

Carry on along the towpath. After walking for a few minutes you will come across a wrought iron mile sign set back from the water's edge. The information on this sign says Shardlow 24 miles (in the direction you have just come from) and Preston Brook 68 miles (going in the direction you are traveling). This mileage post was sponsored by the National Westminster Bank (there is a picture of this in the gallery section).

Proceeding along the towpath there is beautiful countryside both left and right of you. There are more private moorings on your right going along a long stretch of the canal. Further along the towpath you will come across Sluice Gate number 15. This is to draw water off the canal should it get flooded, the water will flow into the small stream that you can see below.

After walking further along the towpath you will come to road bridge 49a. As you go under this road bridge you will see that both of the bottom sections have been painted in very colourful and tasteful graffiti style images. This has been completed by the Alrewas Art Fest. Further along you will see on your left some buildings, one of them being an Indian Restaurant and Bar.

You are now approaching Bagnall Lock where you need to cross over the canal using bridge 49 (which is just past the lock). Cross this bridge and then walk straight ahead in front of a row of garages on your left. At the end you will see a path in front of you. Take this short path, at the end of which you will enter a large playing field. Turn right and head towards the railings, then turn left and follow the railings until you reach the cricket club and car park.

Alrewas Cricket Club to Village Post Office
Alrewas Cricket Club to Village Post Office

Start point: 52.7303 lat, -1.7539 long
End point: 52.7198 lat, -1.7626 long

Enter the car park, keep to the right and walk straight ahead until you reach a gap in the bottom right corner. Follow this path, with a solid fence on your left. Turn left part way along keeping the fence on your left and now you will see the enclosed tennis courts on your right. As you reach the end of the fencing, turn sharp left and walk straight ahead (the fence is still on your left and you will hear the traffic of the road hidden behind the hedge to your right), until you come to a stile on your right.

Cross this stile to reach the main road. Cross this road (be mindful of the fast traffic), go over the stile ahead (marked with a public footpath sign) and enter the field. There are likely to be ponies in this field (when I walked they were very friendly and came up to say hello). Cross the field diagonally towards the top left-hand corner where you will find another stile (marked with a public footpath sign). Cross the stile to reach Daisy Lane.

Turn right and walk along the lane for approx 40 yards (there are no pavements so be mindful of any traffic using this lane). You will then see on your left a kissing gate by a horse chestnut tree. Enter the field (which is likely to be holding sheep) using the kissing gate (this gate section has a wooden gate either side of the kissing gate). Slightly to your right you will see a path going diagonally across the field, take this path. The exit from this field is in the same arrangement as the one you used to enter the field.

You have entered another field and diagonally to your left there is a path that goes towards a hedge section and an opening. Take this path to the opening where you will find a concrete bridge crossing a small stream. Go through the kissing gate in front of you. As you enter this field you will see another path to your left, take this path until you reach the exit (there are horses in this field on your right but they are behind an electric fence).

When you reach the end of the path turn right into a lane. After a short walk you will see a stile on your left (marked with a public footpath sign). Cross this stile and enter the field (likely to be holding horses). Take the diagonal path to your right until you come across another stile (by a public footpath sign). Cross it and carry on in the same diagonal direction across this second field to reach the next stile (this field is overgrown except for the path you are walking). Cross this stile (which is to the left of the metal gate), to reach Long Lane.

Turn left and carry on walking until you get to a Give Way sign at a junction with Dunmore Hay Lane. Continue straight over this junction (be mindful of the traffic) and carry on walking until you reach a T-junction by the Post Office. There are some beautiful houses along this section.

Village Post Office to Bridge 90
Village Post Office to Bridge 90

Start point: 52.7198 lat, -1.7626 long
End point: 52.7159 lat, -1.7702 long

At the T-junction turn right onto Church Lane and continue along this road ignoring all side turns. On this section there are houses on your right and left. After a short period of time the houses will disappear and there will be a field on your left. From this point onwards there is only the path you are walking on as on your left is a banked grass verge. After walking for a short period you will see ahead and to your right a very tall elegant looking spire, the spire of the village church.

You will come to Old Hall Lane, cross this road (be mindful of the traffic). When you get to the church you will also find the village primary school alongside. With the school on your right, cross the road to turn left into the lane, marked as a dead end.

Walk along the lane until you come to a bridge, which has a permanent barrier across it to stop vehicular traffic. As you approach the bridge you will see on the left an opening going down to the canal towpath. Turn left onto the concrete ramp and walk down. At the bottom of the ramp turn right, you are now facing bridge 90.

Bridge 90 to Swing Bridge
Bridge 90 to Swing Bridge

Start point: 52.7159 lat, -1.7702 long
End point: 52.7232 lat, -1.7927 long

Walk under bridge 90 and follow the towpath. This is the final stretch back to Fradley Junction, the canal should be on your left. You will now be walking along a stretch of the Coventry Canal. Shortly up ahead you will see another road bridge, bridge 90a. As you walk under this bridge you will notice that it looks fairly new, there is a date plaque on either side of the bridge that says 2000 (I don't know if this replaced an original bridge or was added as an extra).

From here it is a fairly long walk until you reach your next bridge which will be bridge 91. There is plenty so see along route, wildlife and moored canal boats as well as the odd passing boat. Eventually after a fairly long walk you will go around a large right-hand sweeping bend. Once out of this bend you will see ahead of you bridge 91. This is the road bridge which some of you may have driven over when you were making your way to Fradley Junction.

After you have gone under this bridge and walked further along the towpath you will come across a very large Canal and River Trust sign that says: Coventry Canal, Welcome to Fradley Junction. Ahead of you just a short way along the towpath is a Swing Bridge, marking the point where the Coventry Canal meets the Trent and Mersey Canal (Fradley Junction).

Swing Bridge to End
Swing Bridge to End

Start point: 52.7232 lat, -1.7927 long
End point: 52.7244 lat, -1.7909 long

Carry on walking past the swing bridge and follow the towpath as it goes round to the right. From the corner of the junction look straight across to see some of the listed buildings mentioned in the introduction, one of them being the pub. This pub is very popular for tourists and locals alike with seating outside overlooking the canal, a good spot to watch the boats go by.

As you turn the corner you will see a set of locks in front of you. Immediately behind the locks is bridge 50. Carry on walking straight along the towpath (do NOT cross the bridge) and you will see up ahead of you the wharf which marks the end of the walk. When you arrive at the wharf you will find more old buildings some of which have been converted into the canal's visitor centre, toilets and cafe. The cafe is very popular with tourists and locals with plenty of seating outside and is also dog friendly.

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4 comments for "Fradley Junction and Alrewas"

Lovely walk but careful as in 2 fields we had to do a detour because the way was cut off with electric fences. Is this allowed across a public right of way?

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thanks for getting in touch. Electric fences can be used across a right of way, but only if a provision is made for walkers to pass through - usually an insulated plastic handle at one end that allows you to unhook the wire. If this wasn't in place, it would be helpful if you could report the obstruction to the Staffordshire Rights of Way team via https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/eLand/RightsofWay/PublicPathObstruction.aspx

By jilltomordy on 02 Aug 2017

enjoyed the walk canal part most enjoyable

By mickymoo on 29 Apr 2017

Another successful walk completed. What better way to spend your morning.

By WayneJane on 16 Apr 2017

Enjoyable walk. Level and firm walking. We did the walk in 50 minutes less than the estimated time.

By Lorenzo64 on 26 Dec 2016

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To help quickly finding the right type of walk this provides a basic walk classification or type. Some walks may span two of these types - please use the type that fits the majority of the walk.

Length (required)

The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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