GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Halesowen Abbey and Railway Walk

7 miles (11 km)

This circular walk from Halesowen visits the historic Halesowen Abbey before a stroll along the old Halesowen Railway path.
The walk starts from the car park in Leasowes Park. The park is one of the area highlights with good footpaths taking you woodland, streams and ponds with lots of wildlife to see on the way. From the car park you can pick up a section of the long distance Monarch's Way and follow the waymarked footpath south to Halesowen Abbey. The ancient site dates back to the 13th century when it was founded by King John. You can follow footpaths past the photogenic abbey ruins to link up with the Illey Way around Illey farm. This footpath runs along the old railway line and can be followed south to visit the remains of the once significant Dowery Dell Viaduct which was dismantled in 1965. Near here there's also the remains of the Elan Aqueduct, another notable feature of the railway which opened in 1878. It closed to passengers in 1919 and then completely closed in 1964.
After viewing the Elan Aqueduct the route then heads north along the dismantled railway towards the abbey. From here you can retrace your footsteps to Leasowes Park.
You can extend the walk by continuing south along the railway path to visit Waseley Hills Country Park.

Halesowen OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Halesowen Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Halesowen

  • Illey Way - The Illey Way runs along an old railway line from Waseley Hills Country Park to Woodgate near Halesowen
  • Leasowes Park - Enjoy an easy stroll around this park and nature reserve in Halesowen near Birmingham
  • Dudley Canal - Follow the Dudley Canal from Warren's Hill Park to Leasowes Park on this waterside walk through Blackheath and Halesowen in Birmingham
  • Woodgate Valley Country Park - A short route around the delightful Woodgate Valley Country Park in Birmingham
  • Monarch's Way - This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester
  • Uffmoor Wood - These attractive woods near Romsley cover over 200 acres with miles of waymarked trails to try
  • Warley Woods - This 100 acre park is located in the Smethwick area of Birmingham.
  • Netherton Tunnel - This walk explores the northern end of the Netherton Tunnel Canal in Birmingham.
  • Waseley Hills Country Park - Waseley Hills is a country park and Local Nature Reserve located on the south western edge of Birmingham


Leasowes Park - - 665310

Leasowes Park

Halesowen Abbey - - 2433248

Halesowen Abbey

Dowery Dell Viaduct - - 886554

Dowery Dell Viaduct. The impressive Dowery Dell trestle viaduct was a major feature of the Halesowen Railway and it required substantial engineering effort, many relics of which remain in place despite the demolition of the viaduct in 1964. It was 660 feet long and 100 feet high this is one of the stone abutments.

Illey Way - - 443988

Illey Way

Remains of railway bridge, near Elan Aqueduct - - 1702569

Remains of railway bridge, near Elan Aqueduct. Viewed from site of Halesowen Railway bridge, close to route of Elan Aqueduct. Under former bridge, off to right is cul-de-sac on Oxwood Lane. Half a mile north of here is the site of Dowery Dell viaduct.

Dismantled Railway Bridge, Rubery to Halesowen Railway - - 1213252

Dismantled Railway Bridge, Rubery to Halesowen Railway

Illey - The Black Horse - - 2760743


Elan pipeline syphon access - - 1059811

Elan pipeline syphon access. In the foreground, the Elan pipeline access point on the east side of the valley between Frankley and Romsley hills. Looking towards Horsepool Farm; a further syphon access point is visible next to the white box on the hillside opposite.


GPS Files

GPX File

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