GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Burton on Trent to Barton under Needwood Canal Walk

4 miles (6.5 km)

This walk follows a lovely section of the Trent and Mersey Canal from Burton Upon Trent to Barton Marina in the the nearby village of Barton under Needwood. On the way you'll pass Branston Water Park where there's a series of lakes and lots of wildlife to look out for. There's also pretty locks and nice open views over the surrounding Staffordshire countryside.
You start in Shobnall and follow the canal south through Branston before finishing at Barton Turns Marina.
The route follows a section of the long distance Way for the Millennium. You can extend the walk by continuing along the canal to Alrewas where you follow the River Swarbourn through Wychnor Park.

Burton on Trent to Barton under Needwood Canal Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Burton on Trent to Barton under Needwood Canal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you continue south along the canal you will soon come to the National Memorial Arboretum. There are 30,000 trees in the 150 acre Arboretum, forming a unique living tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.
Head east along the canal and you could visit the neighbouring village of Willington. Here you can pick up the circular Willington Walk which visits the Gravel Pits Nature Reserve. There's also a 12th century church and the Mercia Marina to visit. The site is notable as the largest inland marina in the UK and one of the largest in Europe.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Trent and Mersey Canal at Shobnall, Staffordshire - geograph.org.uk - 1553392

Trent and Mersey Canal at Shobnall, Staffordshire

Pipe Bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal, Burton-upon-Trent - geograph.org.uk - 1581980

Pipe Bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal, Burton-upon-Trent

Branston Lock, Trent and Mersey Canal, Staffordshire - geograph.org.uk - 1553247

Branston Lock, Trent and Mersey Canal, Staffordshire

Barton Turns Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire. - geograph.org.uk - 212009

Barton Turns Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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