Wombourne Circular via Compton, Wolverhampton and The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal

This 9 mile cycle ride takes you from the large village of Wombourne along the disused Wombourne Branch Railway Line northwards to Compton on the outskirts of Wolverhampton and then you return along The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal back to Wombourne.

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Starting from The Round Oak Pub situated on the canal side just off Ounsdale Road on the outskirts of Wombourne town centre. From the Round Oak pub cycle left along the canal towpath with the canal on your right hand side as you cycle along.

Cycle along the canal for about 600 yards where you take the path up to the roadway and at the junction with the roadway, Bratch Lane TURN RIGHT and cross over the canal and 200 yards after the canal,just opposite Station Road TURN LEFT along the trail which follows the path of old disused railway line.

Continue to cycle along the tree lined trail and after about one and a half miles the trail
bends to the right and passes under Greyhound Lane near to the village of Lower Penn. It was at this point that the old PennHalt Station used to be situated. The trail has an abundance of wildlife including, redwings,redpolls,kestrels,buzzards,owls, chiff chaffs and siskins.

Continue along the trail as it you past Castlecroft on your left and then a short distance after Castlecroft the trail comes out and crosses over Compton Road at Compton. At this poin leave the trail and TURN LEFT along Compton Road, DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE OVER THE ROAD. Cycle along Compton Road for 50 yards across the canal and then TURN LEFT down the side of Aston Bentley Interiors and follow the trail down to the canal side. Compton is a suburb of Wolverhampton and was mentioned in The Domesday Book.

You now cycle back along the canal tow path with the canal on your left hand side as you cycle along away from Compton. Continue along the tow path as the canal twists and turns through the countryside and you will pass locks and bridges as you cycle along.  The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal was built by James Brindley and was opened in 1772. It is 46 miles long and has 43 locks along its length.

 

As you cycle along after about half a mile you pass under abridge at Wightwick Bank, at this point Wightwick Manor is situated about 250 yards away from your route on your right hand sued. Wightwick Manor is open to the public and run by The National Trust. About 2 miles along the canal you will pass Pool Hall Fisheries on your right ans pass a couple of lakes. At the end of the second lake you cross over the canal oat Dimingsdale Lock and continue to cycle along the canal path for a further 2 miles then cross the canal again over Brath Lane and then TURN LEFT along the canal and cycle 600 yards back to The Round Oak Pub. The start/end of your cycle ride.

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