GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Walsall Canal

8 miles (13 km)

Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Walsall Canal on this easy route in the West Midlands. The canal runs for about 8 miles through western Walsall with a nice towpath to follow along the water. It makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll or a nice flat ride suitable for beginners or families. Along the way you'll pass a series of pretty locks, interesting old mills and the Tame Valley Canal. Near the start of the route you pass close to Walsall Arboretum which is well worth a small detour.
The route starts at Birchills Junction just to the east of Reedswood Park. You can also pick up the canal from the train station or bus station. It's about 5-10 minute walk from both.
You follow the canal south through Birchills before turning west towards Darlaston. Here you pick up a section of the Monarch's Way heading to Moxley before finishing at Ryders Green Junction where you meet the Wednesbury Old Canal.
If you would like to extend your exercise you could pick up the Birmingham Canal and head west towards Dudley, passing the Sheepwash Nature Reserve.

Walsall Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Walsall Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Wyrley and Essington Canal can be picked up at the Rushall Canal near Park Lime Pits. It will take you into Wolverhampton, passing the wildlife rich Pelsall Common and the oak woodland in Rough Wood Country Park on the way.


The Walsall Canal - - 1252888

The Walsall Canal

Walsall Canal by Spine Road

Walsall Canal by Spine Road

Walsall Locks, Walsall Canal, Walsall - - 2120295

Walsall Locks

Walsall - - 2051

Narrowboats fill the recently revived Walsall canal basin. Beyond is the award winning Walsall Art Gallery and Museum.

Walsall Canal Basin - - 2573176

Canal Basin

Walsall Canal - Wednesbury - Willingsworth Hall Bridge (38545655301)

Wednesbury - Willingsworth Hall Bridge

Walsall Canal - Wellington Bridge - - 1172823

Wellington Bridge. Footbridge providing access to the Great Bridge Retail Park.

Ocker Hill Branch - - 1351928

Boats on the Ocker Hill Branch


GPS Files

GPX File

Walsall Canal.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Walsall Canal.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)