One-mile canal walk to Longwood Junction

This short walk treads into sweeping views over farmers’ fields coloured by this year‘s crop. Grazing horses, sheep and honking geese go about their own business as your amble twists around warm inviting bends. The Daw End links the Rushall Canal to the Wyrley & Essington Canal.

Wyrley and Essington Canal Wyrley and Essington Canal, West Midlands

Like the ‘Curly Wyrley’, the Daw End follows the contours of the land and has no locks. When it was built in 1800 for the heavy industry of the Black Country, boats pulled by horses transported limestone from the nearby quarries, which have now been transformed into wildlife-rich nature reserves sitting at both ends of this walk.

Start: Park Road OS Grid ref: SK031004 Postcode: WS4 1LG

Finish: Longwood Junction OS Grid ref: SP039991 Postcode: WS4 2JS

Distance: 1.6km / 1 mile (double if walk back to start)

Approx time: 30-40 minutes