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Step back through the pages of history along the canal that turned the Midlands into an industrial boom area 200 years ago. Enjoy a long-distance walk along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal thanks to The Outdoor Guide.
“I am thrilled that The Outdoor Guide and Canal & River Trust are working together to inspire people to head out for walks along our beautiful waterways. The outdoors should be available to all.”
The Worcester & Birmingham Canal connected the Black Country to the sea by providing a link to the River Severn, opening trade routes to the world. The canal bustled with barges carrying freight in and out night and day. Nowadays tourist boats keep the canals busy.
The walk covers 30 miles. We suggest doing it over two days. Gas Street Basin in central Birmingham is the start point.
Heading out into rural Worcestershire, you pass the famous Cadbury factory by the Bournville station. Head south along the towpath. The canal then heads into a one and a half mile tunes which has no towpath, so you have to go overground.
After one mile through a 1970’s housing estate you reach rural Worcestershire. You walk for about 8 miles and reach the village of Alvechurch. Then another beautiful 6 miles or so then you reach the village of Tardebigge. This is a good ending for day one.
The 58 Tardebigge locks feature prominently on day two. Start at lock 58 and go downhill to lock 29. Many of the desirable canal side apartments along the way once housed some of the porcelain factories that made Worcester famous. The final half mile passes lock number 1, the crucial link to the River Severn which made everything possible.
There are great rail connections to both Birmingham and Worcester.
Recommended Maps: OS Explorer 220 and 204.
For more information please see this walk on The Outdoor Guide website