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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Birmingham to Stafford Canal Loop|
|Distance : miles (km)||75.35 (121.26)|
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|This is a flat, canal towpath route, that utilises a complete ring of different canal systems. The towpaths have some narrow grassy parts which are hard on the wrists. Also, be warned that this route is an all day event.
Head away from the A34 past Perry Park and follow the canal to Fazeley. At the canal junction, go left to Fradley. At the canal junction, just after passing Fradley, go left and follow this up past Rugeley to Shugborough Hall/Great Haywood. Take the turn off to the left and follow the canal ring round past Weeping Cross, Penkridge and Oxely. At Valley Park turn off to the left and follow the canal through Wolverhampton, Coseley, Tipton and down to West Bromich. Take a sharp left double back and head for Ocker Hill. Turn off right, going under the A41and follow the canal up to the M5/M6 intersection, veering right to head back to Perry Park.
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|At 12 mile Kingsbury Water Park, various marina's, Drayton Manor Park and good cafe, pub at Fradley Junction, Shugboro' Hall, Historical shop at Gailey Coffee Express at Wolverhampton, many canalside pubs.
|Near By Cycle Shops|
|Fort Dunlop Cycling|
|Fort Dunlop Cycling Ltd|
|Specialized Concept Store|
|Perry Barr Halfords|
|posted by:snakey1||Rating :||difficult :|
|Bike computer clocked distance as 82.5 miles|
Probably best to avoid doing this trip on the hottest day of the year so far like we did.
The Boat pub at penkridge was a welcome break 2/3's of the way through and there is a shop just off the canal there as well.
Towpath is grass and narrow for about a third of the overall distance.
|posted by:Matt||Rating :||difficult :|
|Good Route to take diverse stretches, gravel paths, grass/muddy patches, i absolutely loved it |
|posted by:bazuti||Rating :||difficult :|
|Glad you both enjoyed it - I clocked 83 miles on the odometer; off road it is about as far as I prepared to do in a day.The parts that have the river running parallel to the canal are very scenic|