A seven 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 & Mersey Canal at the start and end of the walk.
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There is plenty of wildlife to see along the way. At the junction there are several listed buildings including cottages, a warehouse, a crossover bridge and lock, and on the wharf you will find the original stables, carpenter's 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. At least one of the fields may be holding cattle 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 metal gates. There are several long stretches of road walking with no pavements so take care of traffic.
Approximate time three hours.
The walk starts and finishes at the Canal & 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 two miles turn left, signed towards Fradley Junction. Follow signs to the car park. The car park is pay and display and costs £1 for four hours or £1.50 for the full day (correct November 2015). Approximate post code DE13 7DN.
Start point: Fradley Junction car park
End point: Fradley Junction car park
Distance: seven miles
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