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|Alvechurch and Barnt Green Waterways|
|Author: Claire, Published: 07 Jul 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Alvechurch, near Birmingham in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire. The route follows a beautiful stretch of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and then skirts the two local reservoirs, Lower Bittell and Upper Bittell. After following some beautiful paths through trees and crop fields, the route takes you through the destination village of Barnt Green, before more fields and tree-lined paths lead you back to the start. At the top of the steady climbs, you will be rewarded with fabulous far reaching views. |
The route has several steady gradients throughout, but there are no steep sections. You will need to negotiate several gates and kissing gates, some flights of steps plus 5 stiles (four of which have generous gaps for dogs, but one of which has only a medium-size gap, so larger dogs will need to climb this stile or get a lift over). The paths are all well-walked but are almost all unmade so can get very muddy in the winter and after periods of rain. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Allow 2.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at Withybed Green in Alvechurch, just south of the M42 and 11 miles south of Birmingham. There is a car park at Withybed Green, opposite the village pub (Crown Inn) and directly alongside the canal. Follow Withybed Lane to cross the canal and the car park is immediately on your left. Approximate post code B48 7PN. There is additional roadside parking along Withybed Lane if needed. If you are coming by train, the route can be adjusted to start and finish at Barnt Green rail station (Waypoint 4).
|Start to Canal Crossing|
Start point: 52.3513 lat, -1.9731 long
The walk begins from the canal-side car park at the edge of Alvechurch. This small village has a number of claims to fame, including being the birthplace of the novelist Fay Weldon and the creator of The Archers radio programme, Godfery Baseley.
|Canal Crossing to Bittell Farm Road|
Start point: 52.3557 lat, -1.9685 long
Do not take the steps ahead, instead turn immediately left and follow the towpath as it swings right to continue alongside the main canal (with the water on your left). The towpath leads you under the M42 (Number 64B) and a smaller road bridge (Number 65). Just after this, look to your left to the opposite side of the canal and you will see Lower Bittell Reservoir. Keep your eyes peeled for birds here, you will often see waterfowl and herons. The banks of the reservoir sometimes have rare breed cattle used for conservation grazing, English Longhorns when we walked by.
|Bittell Farm Road to Bridleway Junction|
Start point: 52.3683 lat, -1.9713 long
Cross over the road into the stone access track directly opposite and follow this as it swings right and then left, passing alongside a wide farm gate. The paddocks down to your left are likely to be holding a mixture of horses, rare breed sheep and alpacas. Follow this stone farm track, winding along the edge of the paddocks, with far-reaching views opening up to your left.
|Bridleway Junction to Barnt Green Station|
Start point: 52.3738 lat, -1.9771 long
Go straight ahead to join the bridleway and follow it as it swings left, leading you through a tunnel of trees with a pretty stream running down to the left. Follow this tree-lined bridleway all the way to its end, where you will reach a vehicle barrier (at the junction with Bittell Farm Road). Pass alongside the barrier and walk ahead through the parking lay-by to reach a signed public footpath on your right. Turn right to join this, passing through a gate to reach the corner of a crop field.
|Barnt Green Station to Coopers Hill|
Start point: 52.3617 lat, -1.99 long
(NOTE: If you are arriving by train, leave Barnt Green Station, pass through the car park and follow Station Approach to a T-junction with the main village road. Cross over to the far pavement and turn right along this, then follow the directions from this point).
|Coopers Hill to End|
Start point: 52.3516 lat, -1.9878 long
Turn left along Coopers Hill, taking care of any traffic and passing Bridleway Cottage on your left. Follow this quiet lane for about 600 metres, passing a few pretty properties along the way (including the ornate red brick barn of Uplands Stables and then the tile-hung mansion Woodlands, both on your right).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Beautiful! Live close by and never done this version of the reservoirs. Thank you!
|By katenorthpho on 08 Jul 2017|
Great walk just on the outskirts of South Birmingham. Took our two dogs and only had to lift them over one stile so all good😊
|By Beverly on 22 Jul 2017|
Tried this walk today, has the potential to be a really interesting walk, but we had problems I feel should be taken into consideration.
|By AllanBate on 03 Aug 2017|
Thank you for your reply and for the information as I am sure this will help other people who are planning to do this walk. I also checked the Pub Postcode before setting off, but this placed me in a private road off Scarfield Hill right by the canal. I do appreciate postcodes do not pinpoint a place, so thought the directions I gave could help other people. The "Patrons only" sign on the car park threw us a little, but I did read your comments re. roadside parking. A walker going in the other direction warned us of the path closure, so when we arrived at that point, saw the sign and (if I remember correctly a padlocked gate?) we changed our plans and cut down the road to return via. the outward route. At least airing these comments should help other walkers planning to do this walk, we will certainly give it another go later in the year.
|By AllanBate on 04 Aug 2017|
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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Uploaded: 09 Jul 2017
|Image by: Beverly |
Uploaded: 23 Jul 2017
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