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The Bratch

The Bratch is the perfect spot for a family afternoon of exploring canalside history and local wildlife. Take a walk along the towpath and admire the historic bridge and pumping station, or spot the locks, originally built as a staircase! Follow the exciting bat trail, and be sure to keep an eye out for some unusual canal wildlife. If you look carefully you might even spot an otter!


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General information

Address: Bratch Locks, Bratch Lane, Wombourne, Staffs

Visit time: 1-2 hrs

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Parking: Limited car parking nearby at the railway and pumping station

Toilets: In nearby village

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Jogging


Aubridge Locks, Aubridge, Womborne, Bratch Pumping Station, Ruskin Glass Centre

Spot a boat

Plenty of boats to spot in the summer



  • Bat trail


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens

There are all the usual ducks and swans, plus otters, kingfishers and several species of dragonfly