South Staffordshire Railway Walk
This easy route follows a dismantled railway line from Wolverhampton to Pensett. It runs for about 11 miles along the old Wolverhampton to Dudley railway line. The line was closed in 1965 but is now a leisure route suitable for walkers and cyclists. Along the way there's some nice woodland sections, a nature reserve and views of the local river and canal.
The route starts at Aldersley Stadium, just to the north west of the centre of Wolverhampton. The trail then heads south west, running alongside the Smestow Brook and the River Stour. This opening section passes Newbridge, the Smestow Valley Park Nature Reserve and Compton. The nature reserve is particularly pretty with peaceful trails and lots of flora and fauna to look out for.
You then leave the river and head through Castlecroft and Lower Penn to Wombourne. This is a popular and scenic area which includes the lovely Bratch Locks on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. There is also a nice cafe for a pit stop.
The route continues south through Wombourne before passing through the woodland of the Himley Plantation. Here you branch round to the east, passing Himley and Kingswinford before finishing at Pensett, just north of Brierley Hill.
South Staffordshire Railway Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
South Staffordshire Railway Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
South Staffordshire Railway Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
South Staffordshire Railway Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
South Staffordshire Railway Walk Pubs/Cafes
The bike and walker friendly railway cafe in Wombourne is a good choice for refreshments on the route. The lovely cafe is set in restored railway station and offers a delicious selection of freshly made food, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. If the weather is good you can sit outside in the garden or under cover on the platform.
There's also a nice cafe in the Smestow Valley Park Nature Reserve, near the start of the route.
South Staffordshire Railway Walk Dog Walking
The trail is ideal for dog walking and the railway cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly in the garden or on the old platform that is all under cover.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area you could try the Wolverhampton Canal Walk along the Birmingham Canal.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page and the West Midlands Walks page.