West BromwichSmethwick

Wessme two
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By Urzum on 11 Jun 2021


Distance

3km/2mi

Ascent

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Descent

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Description

A route that is shorter, more straightforward than the current route and it doesn't share more than half of the Smethwick - Oldbury route. Accessible to bikes, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Fully reviewed and surveyed

A route that is shorter, more straightforward than the current route and it doesn't share more than half of the Smethwick - Oldbury route. Accessible to bikes, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Fully reviewed and surveyed

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This route has been reviewed by 3 people.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 2

Surveys

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Grade 1: Entirely smooth and compacted surfaces.
Access grade Y: Stile, step and obstacle free.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Not present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Not present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 88.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 12.3% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 6.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 1.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Maybe present Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Standard pram (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged pram (1)
Maybe present Standard wheelchair (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Maybe present Standard mobility scooter (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Maybe present Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Standard pram (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged pram (1)
Maybe present Standard wheelchair (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Maybe present Standard mobility scooter (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

1.0% of the route is on roads (1)

50.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

100.0% of the route is paved (1)

There is no data on muddiness

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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1 surveys

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1Y June 2021 by Urzum
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

West Bromwich
Grid Ref SP0046791013
Lat / Lon 52.51702° / -1.99454°
Easting / Northing 400,467E / 291,013N
What3Words quick.axed.drips
Smethwick
Grid Ref SP0200288710
Lat / Lon 52.49631° / -1.97193°
Easting / Northing 402,002E / 288,710N
What3Words fears.dark.wage

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reviews


David Sanderson

22 Jul 2021

I started this in Smethwick. This route is simple, safe and direct. Leaving Smethwick you cross the road by Galton Bridge Railway Station and then cross said bridge to cross Galton Valley. The views are superb! The next section follows a lane running parallel to the A4252. A short path brings you out by the traffic lights to cross Kenrick Way. In my excitement to go ahead and under the M5 I think I might have gone slightly wrong as I think I should have followed a ramp down to the south side of the metro track and follow that instead under the M5. I went through a different underpass but was easily able to pick up the route again. The next section follows a path through greenways as far as the meeting spot at West Brom Bus Station. This is an excellent Slow Way. Its directness, safety, ease of use and links to transport make it the epitome of Slow Ways. Full marks!.


Dave4

22 Jul 2021

I did this from Smethwick as an extension of the Birmingham - Smethwick walk. It is an excellent, short, safe, straightforward route meeting all of the Slow Ways criteria. It is varied, scenic, safe and accurately plotted. A really good walk.


Urzum

11 Jun 2021

A route that avoids the steep inclines to and out of the canals that are present on the original route on Slow Ways.
Just a 10m difference in altitude throughout, accessible to bikes, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Starts from across the road of Smethwick Rolfe Street train station, passes by Smethwick Galton Bridge trains station and by 3 metro (tramway) stations.
Surface is 95% tarmac, 5% is paved.
There is a 40m region that has a very narrow kerbed sidewalk - 55cm in width - where using the road surface might be required for mobility vehicles. The traffic is very low on that area therefore the risk is low.
Just 1 flight of stairs close to the West Bromwich end of the route, but a ramp for wheeled vehicles is nearby.


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