TOG Foundation

Worcester & Birmingham Canal Walk

You are here:

Powered by Outdooractive.

Handpicked boutique luxury to family & pet friendly hotels.

An assortment of interesting stop off points along our walks.

A selection of campsites and glamorous camping locations.

© Phil Wild from Pixabay
© Phil Wild from Pixabay

Worcester & Birmingham
Step back through the pages of history along the canal that turned the Midlands into an industrial boom area 200 years ago.

The Worcester and 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.

The 58 Tardebigge locks feature prominently on day two. 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.

Read more ...

Carpark: Green parking ltd. Berkley Street secure public car park, 22 Berkley St, Birmingham B1 2LB

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
B’ham Moor Street, Bordesley, Birmingham New Street

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".