Stratford Upon Avon Canal
Enjoy waterside cycling and walking on this 26 mile canal which runs from Stratford Upon Avon to Birmingham. The whole route can be walked while cyclists can enjoy the sections from Stratford Upon Avon to Wilmcote at one end and through the outskirts of Birmingham at the other.
The route starts in the centre of Stratford Upon Avon and passes through a series of pretty villages before entering the outskirts of Birmingham and finishing in King's Norton. There's lots of pretty locks and some lovely Warwickshire countryside to enjoy. Around Solihull you'll pass close to Earlswood Lakes which is well worth a small detour. You'll also pass close to the lovely Baddesley Clinton. Here you will find a moated manor house surrounded by gardens and woodland. Near here there's also the option of visiting the tudor Packwood House. You could try our Lapworth Circular Canal Walk which visits both of these interesting properties. Also, around Kingswood the canal links up with the Grand Union Canal Walk so you can easily pick up another super canal trail.
Stratford Upon Avon Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Stratford Upon Avon Canal Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Stratford Upon Avon Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Stratford Upon Avon Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the east of the village of Lapworth you will find the Boot Inn which has a fine canalside beer garden for the summer months. It's a great place to stop on your walk for refreshments in a picturesque location. You can find it on the Old Warwick Road at a postcode of B94 6JU for your sat navs.
In Shirley there's the Drawbridge Inn which also has seating next to the canal. It's at postcode B90 1DD.
The picturesque village of Wootton Wawen includes the ancient Bulls Head. The 17th century half timbered inn is located in a nice spot, opposite the Anglo Saxon church. The interior is full of olde worlde charm with old beams and open fires. Outside there's a lovely garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode B95 6BD for your sat navs.
The waterside path makes for a pleasant walk with your dog. The Boot Inn, The Bulls Head and the Drawbridge Inn mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In Wilmcote you could stop off to see the historic 16th century house of Shakespeare's mother at Mary Arden's Farm. There's a working tudor farm here with many rare breed animals to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Warwickshire Walks and West Midlands Walks pages.