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Aldridge

West Midlands


Slow Ways linking Aldridge and Bloxwich, Brownhills, Shenstone, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall

England / West Midlands / Aldridge

Aldridge’s six Slow Ways are 75% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 6/6
and surveyed: 0/6

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Walk to Aldridge from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Aldridge—Shenstone
Aldshe one Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 94m Descent 25m
Aldridge—Streetly
Aldstr one

Double check Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 58m Descent 53m
Aldridge—Streetly
Aldstr two Survey me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 60m Descent 54m
Aldridge—Sutton Coldfield
Aldsut one Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 131m Descent 99m
Aldridge—Sutton Coldfield
Aldsut two Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 92m Descent 124m
Bloxwich—Aldridge
Bloald one Pioneer me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 64m Descent 64m
Bloxwich—Aldridge
Bloald two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 65m Descent 65m
Brownhills—Aldridge
Broald one

Review me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 45m Descent 33m
Brownhills—Aldridge
Broald two Survey me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 64m Descent 52m
Walsall—Aldridge
Walald one Verify me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 90m Descent 48m
Walsall—Aldridge
Walald two Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 109m Descent 67m

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Collective progress

64% of Aldridge’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

10/11

reviewed

1/11

surveyed

6/11

verified

7 people have contributed to Aldridge’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

1 people have surveyed a route in Aldridge

70km out of 79km have been walked and reviewed

188km of reviews have been shared in Aldridge

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Leaving Bloxwich the side roads are quiet and comfortable to walk along.The canal tow path was a little muddy, but very enjoyable. I too made the a small detour to view and sample the Wetherspoons at Aldridge a converted 1930 cinema which is good too. Overall a good Slow Ways....

Nigel Cull

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Once past that it was straightforward to the Inn on the A452 although the named Holly Lane which approaches it is not recorded as a right of way even though it looks like an old lane. I wonder if it would be a better summer walk to turn left / north along Back Lane to pick up Wood Lane at the start. Having walked Broshe-2 last September I spotted I could take the lane away from the closure and pick up that route which I did....

Ken

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From Bloxwich the side roads are fairly quiet and comfortable to walk along....

Ken

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It would be possible to use more minor roads as you approach Aldridge by turning into the Bar Common area and walking along Whetstone lane but I don't think this justifies a third route in this case. Overall a good Slow Ways route. There is also a very nice coffee shop at the Streetly end called Breathe as well as multiple places to eat in Aldridge....

Paul McGill

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Shame there are no passing boats but the canal is navigable and linked to the nationwide canal network. Authorised in 1794 as a branch of the Wyrley and Essington Canal the lock free Daw End Branch was built to serve Hay Head Limeworks....

Ken

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I walked Walsall to Aldridge. The meeting place in Walsall looks fine on the map but on the ground neither the train or bus stations are apparent to a first time visitor....

Ken

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The first reviewer is correct in that the beginning of the walk (Mc Clean way) cannot be accessed directly from the Brownhills miners roundabout,....

Paul McGill

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The advantage of this version of the route is that it goes through Brownhills high street (plenty of places for refreshments) before joining the canal for the majority of the walk to Aldridge. Overall a picturesque walk and easy to follow slow ways route. Plenty of wildlife to see and will certainly do this walk again....

Paul McGill

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As mentioned by the other reviewer the walk is lovely, well signposted and generally easy to follow....

Paul McGill

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An easy to follow and enjoyable route both ways with Sutton Park being the highlight....

Paul McGill

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Good route easy to follow and suitable for all users...

Nigel Cull

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Needs more navigation than Aldsut one and easy to miss turn in Sutton park care needed by Golf course Still a worthy Slow Way...

Nigel Cull

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I have lived in Walsall for nearly 40 years and very much enjoyed the walk which explored parts of the area you would not normally visit....

Paul McGill

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This route is very similar to Walald one but modifies the route particularly in Aldridge to more include the town centre. This is a useful addition particularly if you have not visited Aldridge before. The grading will be the same as the original route....

Paul McGill

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Not really any alternatives to this route due to lack of off road options. Nice views of fields along the majority of the route though. Only points to take care are the road crossings near roundabouts....

Paul Newby

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I was somewhat disappointed that it completely bypassed stops, shops and bus stops of Aldridge and it lost a mark before it had really got going. There is a section of countryside which is crossed by a series of well maintained, well marked footpaths....

David Sanderson

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There is a section of countryside which is crossed by a series of well maintained and well marked footpaths. A direct, and very easy section to follow with a particularly enjoyable part through Walsall Arboretum....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Walald two

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Starting from Streetly the route takes you on a dog leg to the end of Bridle Lane to join Aldridge Road heading north. There is a section of this fast road with no pavement which you would need to follow. Dangerous and unnecessary as there are much safer options....

David Sanderson

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Aldridge—Streetly

David Sanderson added Aldstr two, a new walk from Aldridge to Streetly

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The only tricky crossings potentially are the Aldridge Road, the roundabout at the end of Bourne Vale and Erdington Road, when you arrive in Aldridge....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Aldstr two

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Walsall—Aldridge

David Sanderson added Walald two, a new walk from Walsall to Aldridge

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Once you cross Back Lane, Holly Lane becomes too narrow and the trees too low for traffic. The end of Holly Lane emerges on to the A452 Chester Road, a 50mph road which needs to be crossed with caution, especially if you stopped at Plough and Harrow. The route soon emerges on to Wood Lane and it was a section of the walk that I had not been looking forward to, as lane walking can leave you feeling unsafe. The final section leaves the lanes and crosses a field towards Shenstone, crossing a narrow bridge across a stream in the process....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Aldshe one

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At the roundabout at the end you turn right into Erdington Road which you follow straight into Aldridge a few metres from the meeting place. The only places to take particular care are crossing the road at the Bourne Vale/ Erdington Road roundabout and also where you have to cross Erdington Road at the edge of Aldridge itself....

David Sanderson

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Fairly late on the route takes a turn to the left which is really easy to miss. The route snakes its way through quiet suburban neighbourhood streets before coming out on to the main, Hardwick Road. The next section, Bourne Vale is a 40mph main road past Streetly Cemetery and a couple of sports grounds. You are directed up an alleyway which takes you up a hill and along a road to a spot where.......

David Sanderson

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Having crossed the park, you join a lane which brings you to the towpath of the Wyrley and Essington Canal. You leave the canal and make your way around the business park west end of Aldridge. The final section crosses a park by the stream and then crossing a road into the car park of Morrisons....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Bloald two

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Bloxwich—Aldridge

David Sanderson added Bloald two, a new walk from Bloxwich to Aldridge

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The McClean Way can not be accessed from the roundabout at Brownhills as marked. Also plotting of this route is poor...

David Sanderson

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Brownhills—Aldridge

David Sanderson added Broald two, a new walk from Brownhills to Aldridge

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The bridge to cross the canal into Brownhills has stairs and a ramp so is accessible for wheelers. It's not far from there up Brownhills High Street to the meeting place in the shelter, near Jigger the Brownhills Miner....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Broald two

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Aldridge—Sutton Coldfield

Mr Tippy added Aldsut two, a new walk from Aldridge to Sutton Coldfield

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From Aldridge walk through the park and quiet back roads to join the main road. This road and the road past Bourne Vale are both fairly busy but there is a footpath all the way. Past the Hardwick Arms pub the route takes back roads to Sutton Park....

Mr Tippy

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Aldridge

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Aldridge—Shenstone

Slow Ways added Aldshe one, a new walk from Aldridge to Shenstone

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Aldridge—Streetly

Slow Ways added Aldstr one, a new walk from Aldridge to Streetly

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Aldridge—Sutton Coldfield

Slow Ways added Aldsut one, a new walk from Aldridge to Sutton Coldfield

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Bloxwich—Aldridge

Slow Ways added Bloald one, a new walk from Bloxwich to Aldridge

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Brownhills—Aldridge

Slow Ways added Broald one, a new walk from Brownhills to Aldridge

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Walsall—Aldridge

Slow Ways added Walald one, a new walk from Walsall to Aldridge

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Aldridge, Thu 25 July

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Aldridge’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SK0597600705

Lat / Lon

52.60411° / -1.91319°

Easting / Northing

405,976E / 300,705N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Aldridge's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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