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Staff and Worcs Canal: The Bratch to Stourton is a 6.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 1,043 ft Route type Point to Point

Hiking

Road biking

Walking

Running

Partially paved

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Pub walk

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Getting There

This linear walk along a section of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. It commences at The Bratch, a staircase of locks near Wombourne and heads through quiet countryside to Stourton, between Stourbridge and Kinver. 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. The footpath is a well maintained gravel 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 there is a flight of about 15 steps at Swindon Lock. There are no stiles.

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 parking: Free parking is available adjacent to Bratch Locks. Alternatively, free parking is available to the rear of The Railway Cafe (WV5 9AB). End Parking: There is a layby adjacent to the endpoint, on the A458 at the junction with the A449. From car park to the start point: If parking at Bratch Locks, go through the wooden fence and carefully cross the bridge. Keep left and the entrance to the towpath is on the left. If you've parked at The Railway Cafe, walk right along the road, go under the bridge and turn left after 200m onto the towpath. From end point to the car park: At Stourton Lock, bear right along the driveway. At the end of the drive, the layby is on the opposite side of the road. By bus to start point: the 255 and 256 buses depart Wolverhampton bus station regularly and stop in nearby Bull Meadow Lane. To get to the start point from here, walk back up to Bratch Lane, turn left and walk 700m along the road, under the bridge. The start point is on the left, just after the bridge. See nxbus.co.uk for timetable. By bus from end point: The only bus that visits a point near to the end point is the 228, which terminates at Stourbridge. See hansonslocalbus.co.uk for a timetable.

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James Steel
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Hiking

Very good walk, very good condition of paths, suitable for everyone, nothing technical or taxing, just a tow path walk broken up by locks and bridges so no need for maps, just a good simple walk until the end. Suitable for trainers unless wet then suggest walking shoes, doesn’t need boots or anything technical, we took keys and phone, no need for anything else, we took two cars to have one at each end. Multiple pubs along route if you need to stop for refreshments, took us a little over two hours to complete.

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Debbie Lawrence
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Hiking

Great walk we go just past navigation pub and have a picnic on the next bridge nice scenery. We’re gonna attempt a long work from bratch locks to kinver when we are fitter hehe

Matthew Finch
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First to Review

Good walk even if you walk back to your car the same way.

Alison Gulliver
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Hiking
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Adam Parkes
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Hiking
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Caroline Beech
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