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8.5km skirting the M5 round West Bromich, using the Beacon Way and other paths with some residential roads and a short section on A roads

8.5km skirting the M5 round West Bromich, using the Beacon Way and other paths with some residential roads and a short section on A roads


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Grid Ref SP0200288710
Lat / Lon 52.49631° / -1.97193°
Easting / Northing 402,002E / 288,710N
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Great Barr
Grid Ref SP0449194206
Lat / Lon 52.54570° / -1.93520°
Easting / Northing 404,491E / 294,206N
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David Sanderson

30 Oct 2021 Autumn

This is another superb Slow Way to come out of Smethwick. Having left the High Street via the footbridge across the main road you wander through the residential streets of north Smethwick which become increasingly industrial before, within sight of the West Brom Ground (the highest above sea level in England) you turn left to join the greenway that runs alongside the Metro (tram) line. You leave this to take the low underpass below the M5 and wander into suburban West Bromwich. It's not long before you reach the edge of Dartmouth Park and Sandwell Valley Farm. Rather than going towards them and into the wood you go right and cross the footbridge over the M5 into Sandwell Valley. This was my favourite section of the walk. It follows the Beacon Way past Swan Pool, then crosses Park Lane past Forge Mill Lake, a bird reserve. The path then crosses the Tame and follows it...or as you will see from the photos, I waded through it! (I have walked this path dozens of times and this was the first time it had flooded) The final section through suburban Great Barr avoids the main road for as long as possible. Crossing Newton Road requires some care but I didn't find it hard. From there it's a short walk to the meeting point at the 5 bus stop. Safe, direct, varied, easy to follow and really enjoyable to walk. Full marks!.

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