Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal
Follow the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal from Stourport-on-Severn to Great Haywood on this easy waterside walking and cycling route. The walk starts at Stourport-on-Severn by the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Basin near to the River Severn. You then head north to Kidderminster with views of the River Stour as you go. You continue to Kinver where you could deviate from the path to visit the splendid Kingsford Country Park and Kinver Edge. The large area of woodland and heathland has miles of walking trails with wonderful views across the region.
The next section takes you through Wolverhampton, passing the National Trust owned Wightwick Manor Gardens and Valley Park Nature Reserve.
You continue to Stafford before the final stretch to Great Haywood Junction, passing the beautiful Shugborough Park on the way. The 900 acre estate is well worth visiting with its expansive parkland and stunning gardens. At Great Haywood the canal links with the Trent and Mersey Canal. You could extend your walk into the Trent Valley and the Cannock Chase AONB.
The whole of the route is open for walkers while cyclists can enjoy a super section from Stourport to Kidderminster along National Cycle Network Route 54. It's an excellent choice for a safe, waterside cycle.
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal PostcodeWV5 9AD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Pubs/Cafes
In Kidderminster make a pit stop at The Weavers. The canalside pub has a lovely garden area to sit out in on warmer days. It's a great spot to relax and watch the boats go by. The pub is set in a listed Georgian building dating from 1804 and also includes a cosy interior full of character. They do lovely home-cooked pub meals and have a fine selection of ciders and ales. You can find the pub at 40 Park Lane with a postcode of DY11 6TG for your sat navs.
In Penkridge there's The Cross Keys to consider. It's another canalside pub where you can sit outside and enjoy a drink while watching the boats, ducks and swans go by. You can find them at Filance Lane with a postcode of ST19 5HJ for your sat navs. The historic market town is also worth exploring with a Grade I listed medieval church, the Penkridge Railway Viaduct and the Old Market Square to see.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In Stafford you could take a small detour from the route to visit the historic Stafford Castle. The ancient castle commands fine views over the area from its elevated position.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.