GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Netherton Tunnel

2 miles (3.4 km)

This walk explores the Victorian Netherton Tunnel Canal in Birmingham.
The walk starts on the junction of the Birmingham Canal and Netherton Tunnel Canal at Dudley Port. It's just half a mile south east of Dudley Port train station. From here you can head south west along the canal to the northern end of the tunnel. You can walk through the tunnel to the southern end in the Warren Hill Nature Reserve but it's pitch black and you will need a torch to see. It's just over 2 miles to the other end. See the video below for more details.
The tunnnel is notable as the lastcanaltunnelto be built inBritainduring the Canal Age.It opened in 1858, providing a waterway connection between theBlack Countrytowns ofNethertonandTipton.
To extend the walk try the Dudley Canal Walk which starts in the Warren Hill Nature Reserve at the southern end of the tunnel.

Netherton Tunnel OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Netherton Tunnel Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a few miles south west and you can enjoy more waterside walking around Netherton Reservoir. The wildlife rich Saltwells Nature Reserve is also in this area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the West Midlands Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Cast iron bridges at Dudley Port canal junction - geograph.org.uk - 2636977

Cast iron bridges at Dudley Port canal junction

Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1098886

Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal

Netherton Tunnel Branch - geograph.org.uk - 2324533

Netherton Tunnel Branch

Netherton Canal - geograph.org.uk - 2324573

Canal view

Tividale Aqueduct - geograph.org.uk - 2324544

Tividale Aqueduct

Netherton Tunnel - geograph.org.uk - 2324578

Netherton Tunnel - entering the tunnel at the northern end.

Netherton Tunnel - geograph.org.uk - 1474730

The southern end of the tunnel at Warrens Hall/Windmill End

Cobb's Engine House - geograph.org.uk - 381849

Cobb's Engine House at the southern end at Warrens Hall park

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Netherton Tunnel.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)