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An assortment of interesting stop off points along our walks.


A selection of campsites as well as glamorous camping locations.


Handpicked boutique luxury to family and pet friendly hotels.

Cotswold Outdoor Store

Preparing people to endlessly explore.

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

Nearest Mainline Train Station:
Birmingham New Street

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”.

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Skyworks worked with Julia to make the Canal Walks TV series. You can find more about their stunning aerial filming on the World from Above page here.

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.[/expand]

Julia’s verdict:
A Brummie belter of a walk.

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

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