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Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Wolverhampton to Wednesbury Oak Circular Walk

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Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England

Birmingham Old Main Line Canal: Wolverhampton to Wednesbury Oak Circular Walk is a 5.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 288 ft Route type Point to Point
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This is a walk from Wolverhampton to Bradley. It follows the route of the Old Main Line canal before turning onto the Wednesbury Oak Loop canal and is comprised of two junctions, a tunnel and several points of interest. Some parts of the route are urbanised while others are more rural. The walk commences in Wolverhampton and ends in Bradley. Wolverhampton has most if not all amenities, while Bradley is a residential area. The walk takes place along well maintained towpaths, but note that parts may be muddy during/after wet weather. A torch is also highly recommended as the tunnel is unlit. The route is mostly flat but there are a couple of points where it will be necessary to ascend a bridge. There are a few radar key scheme gates, and as early parts of the route form part of the Birmingham and Black Country Cycleway (route 81), there will often be cyclists. The route is mostly green, with some areas offering access to local green spaces. However, as this is the Black Country, parts are quite urbanised and may be close to factories and/or housing estates. There is often a goodly amount of flora and fauna to see - keep your eyes peeled for plants like wild marjoram, flax and evening primrose and bird life like herons and Canada geese.

You have several choices for getting there: either to leave a car at each end, or to use local buses or trains. Catching the Metro may be a quicker, more convenient option for returning to the start point. Start parking: there are several pay and display car parks in Wolverhampton. The nearest to the start point is on Westbury Street, Wolverhampton. Approximate postcode: WV1 1JD End parking: there is free parking available at Coronation Park, Wilkinson Avenue. Approximate postcode: WV14 8PS By bus to start point: Wolverhampton bus station is served by buses from a variety of local areas. The nearest bus stop is at Wolverhampton Bus Station. Depart the bus station onto Pipers Row, turn right and cross straight over at the junction onto Fryer Street. Turn right onto Broad Street, then cross over the Ring Road. Head down Wednesfield Road for a short distance, over the bridge then turn left and follow the path to the canal. By bus from end point: The 530 bus stops in nearby Stirling Road, going from Rocket Pool to Wolverhampton. See arrivabus.co.uk for timetable. At the end of the walk, continue straight onto Bradley Lane, turn left, then take the immediate right. By Metro from end point: the Metro trams depart Bradley Lane station heading to Wolverhampton every 15 minutes. See nxbus.co.uk/the-metro for timetable. At the end of the walk, continue straight onto Bradley Lane, turn left and walk down Bradley Lane for 600 yards, cross the bridge and the station is immediately on your left.

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Robert Humphries
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Ty Brissett
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