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Halesowen

West Midlands


Slow Ways linking Halesowen and Birmingham, Brierley Hill, Hagley, Longbridge, Romsley, Rowley Regis, Stourbridge

England / West Midlands / Halesowen

Halesowen’s seven Slow Ways are 71% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 5/7
and surveyed: 1/7

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Slow Way Route To do
Brierley Hill—Halesowen
Brihal one

Double check Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 140m Descent 161m
Brierley Hill—Halesowen
Brihal two Verify me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Brierley Hill—Halesowen
Brihal three Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Hagley—Halesowen
Haghal one Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 160m Descent 194m
Halesowen—Birmingham
Halbir one Survey me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 157m Descent 152m
Halesowen—Birmingham
Halbir two Survey me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 270m Descent 261m
Halesowen—Longbridge
Hallon one

Double check Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 183m Descent 145m
Halesowen—Longbridge
Hallon two

Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 230m Descent 189m
Halesowen—Rowley Regis
Halrow one

Double check Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 174m Descent 133m
Halesowen—Rowley Regis
Halrow two

Double check Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 125m Descent 88m
Halesowen—Rowley Regis
Halrow three Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 130m Descent 93m
Romsley—Halesowen
Romhal one Survey me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 19m Descent 106m
Romsley—Halesowen
Romhal two Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Stourbridge—Halesowen
Stohal two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

63% of Halesowen’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

14/14

drawn

14/14

reviewed

1/14

surveyed

6/14

verified

16 people have contributed to Halesowen’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

1 people have surveyed a route in Halesowen

118km out of 118km have been walked and reviewed

345km of reviews have been shared in Halesowen

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Splitting it into four sections, the first section (photos 1 - 3) is fairly unremarkable and takes you from the bus station through the shopping centre, across the main A459, and through the suburbs. The second section provides some interest as it follows a section of the abandoned Dudley no.2 canal, a.k.a....

Steve Litchfield

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A good Slow Ways Route easy to follow starting from Hagley Railway Station you join field paths with views of the Clent hills to take you over the railway into Pedmore where you join a greenway and chance for refreshments and food....

Nigel Cull

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Another good Slow Ways route easy to follow linking Stourbridge and Halesowen through nice Countryside with good views in the middle rural section....

Nigel Cull

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Leaving the centre of Brierley Hill behind, the route then takes you around the very busy Merry Hill shopping centre complex. The route crosses Black Brook to the Saltwells Inn car park, and then another route from the car park takes you back across the Black Brook though the Woods and up to Saltwells Road. The route crosses Saltwells Road and then continues on another off-road section (photo 5) towards the delightfully named Mushroom Green and across another footbridge over Black Brook (photo 7). Eventually you cross the brook for one final time and leave the woodland section behind before reaching a public footpath through a residential area (photo 8) which takes you to Cradley Heath railway station....

Steve Litchfield

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Brierley Hill—Halesowen

Steve Litchfield added Brihal three, a new walk from Brierley Hill to Halesowen

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Whilst on this walk I noticed several sections of poor plotting which needed correcting with more accuracy - particularly through Saltwells Wood....

Steve Litchfield

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Steve Litchfield took this photo on Brihal one

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This was a surprisingly nice route, with lots of off-road sections, including a disused canal, and with safe road crossings....

Mary Oz

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The two pubs mentioned in David's review certainly make it a 5* walk!!...

Dave4

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Safety wise, it's pretty well all pavement walking but has short sections along Two Woods Lane and the very first section of Hawne Lane where there is no pavement, and road walking is needed....

David Sanderson

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Brierley Hill—Halesowen

David Sanderson added Brihal two, a new walk from Brierley Hill to Halesowen

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Stourbridge—Halesowen

Gregory Cartwright pledged to walk Stohal two

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I tried cycling this route and I’ve succeeded, but boy, was I in for a ride. There are multiple flights of stairs, so using a wheelchair on this route is completely out of the question....

Urzum

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Fine walk between two urban locations that manages to find the greenery available to walk....

Mappiman

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I walked Romsley to Halesowen which offers a downhill route with excellent views while walking through pasture. A mix of gates and stiles and some mud at the crossing points but generally an easy walk even after snow and lots of run off. The two Romhal Slow Ways follow different paths so I highly recommend both which used together offer a good 5 mile circular walk starting at either Halesowen or Romsley....

Ken

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This route has very little to recommend it.Flytipping overgrown paths busy roads to try and cross.Reasonably direct it passes a few points of interest(Walked 5th Feb 2022)...

J w ollid

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I started this route from my house rather than the centre and went through the pool lane underpass, through Seth Summers Park and up the underpass onto Manor Way which avoided having to cross MW at all, which I much preferred (especially having my dog with me). The route was really well sign posted and easy to walk and definitely one I'd do again....

Lizzy Norman

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Lizzy Norman took this photo on Romhal one

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From the meeting point at Rowley Regis station, we cross Station Road and turn left, then right down Nimmings Road and follow it to a mini-roundabout among shops. We cross Long Lane, go a short distance right and turn left along Maltmill Lane. At the next left turn (Olive Hill Road), we take the surfaced alleyway that goes diagonally half left between fences to a small park, where we continue on the tarmac path along the right edge to Olive Lane, where we turn right until we reach another alleyway on the right, where we turn right....

Hugh Hudson

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From the meeting point, we follow the bus station left round the corner and use a pelican crossing the Queensway then turn right onto Hagley Road. At the top of the hill we can use a pelican crossing to cross to the south side of Hagley Road, then we turn left onto Quarry Lane, where views of the Clent Hills soon emerge. On the edge of the village the direct way forward is blocked by a locked large metal gate, and we take the path left that leads out past a scout hut onto an open playing field, which we cross to an alley that we follow right to St Kenelms Road, which we follow left to the Romsley meeting point....

Hugh Hudson

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I had linked five Slow Ways to walk Walsall to Halesowen filling a gap in my waylist. All routes already had a good review so I concur that they are good or adequate plots. The review guidance asks "would you walk it again", my answer has to be, not by choice only necessity but I did enjoy the one off exploring and found plenty of interest along the way. From leaving Walsall the whole walk was new territory for me, it had been a great exploration but at the end of the now invisible canal I met Hallon which I had walked from Longbridge some time back....

Ken

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It's a very pleasant route but sadly, because of some short, very uneven sections, not one for anyone using wheels and anyone having mobility issues would need to take particular care.....

Dave4

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Stourbridge—Halesowen

David Sanderson added Stohal two, a new walk from Stourbridge to Halesowen

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A series of roads bring you to Stourbridge Junction Railway Station and the Seven Stars Pub (recommended). The last section is via a footpath which you join in a residential area, after which it takes you under the railway and eventually to the meeting place outside the Bus Station and Stourbridge Town Railway Station....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Stohal two

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A very challenging walk!...

Saira

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Halesowen—Rowley Regis

David Sanderson added Halrow three, a new walk from Halesowen to Rowley Regis

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Obviously this will be shut sometimes, but the route around it isn't that pleasant, so the shopping centre, and the pedestrianised precinct beyond, is the better option. This is where the walk gets good, it's a popular and friendly offroad option with occasional view across to the centre of Halesowen. On leaving the park both towpaths lead to ramps up to the pavement of Mucklow Hill....

David Sanderson

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The first inkling I had that this was not going to be plain sailing was the strange decision I had made to go the long way round Honeybourne Road....

David Sanderson

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The crossing of A456 is the best crossing I've used into the south of Halesowen, but that's not a high bar. Once in Halesowen, the route is direct over hill to the meeting place by the Bus Station....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Romhal one

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We encountered considerable obstacles ranging from brambles, broken bridges, blocked paths, and very busy road crossings on this route. Although we managed to complete it, I cannot recommend Hanlon One as a good example of a Slow Ways route....

Lynn Jackson

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We took a small diversion towards Illey House Farm where the OS marked path didn’t seem to exist. From Illey to Illey Hall Farm there is a (mostly) well marked diversion sightly to the east of the OS marked footpath, starting with a fence stile without its step, and ending with an excellent new double stile....

Mary Oz

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The route left Longbridge through a landscaped area, under the main road, and along a paved dual carriageway. Then it followed a cycle track, and passed through some housing, all pleasant enough until the entrance to the fields was reached, which was blighted by fly-tipping....

Mary Oz

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Halesowen—Longbridge

David Sanderson added Hallon two, a new walk from Halesowen to Longbridge

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Just before the end in Birmingham, the route passes through another shopping centre (this can be confusing, but it's just a straight shot through the mall (including down some escalators))....

mtormey

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Just before the end in Birmingham, the route passes through another shopping centre (this can be confusing, but it's just a straight shot through the mall (including down some escalators))....

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1 At SO9783 8105 we followed the path as the right of way is marked, only to find it impossible to follow (dense tree growth blocked the way). Retracing our steps we discovered that the actual path follows a slightly different route as you can see from the first picture....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Hallon one

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There was quite a lot about the area that was gorgeous, and Hallon two is a perfectly good route....

mtormey

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This walk starts well with open paths through a new development on the old Austin car site. Safe passage under the busy road and perhaps a walk up the Rea when development is finished but for now it's alongside the noisy dual carriageway. A short section of cycle route, then a scramble across a ditch before a labyrinth of paths between houses through New Frankley, frankly not an easy route to follow. After passing under the M5 along a short section of road the route heads towards the border into Dudley Metropolitan Borough where new issues raise their head with paths not quite where they are marked on the map....

Ken

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The footpath through residential neighbourhoods is actually quite nice and pleasant, but the final bit just before the countryside opens up was overgrown and there was a big pile of fly-tipped trash to navigate through as well!...

mtormey

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The first section through Longbridge is easy to follow, is well served for shops and eateries but has a short section where it follows the pavement of the busy A38, which might not be to everyone's taste. There is a climb, not an arduous one through fields up to the top of Frankley Hill which affords some good views looking back across the area. Having crossed a stile onto the pavement of the very busy A456, you follow it to a mini roundabout and then cross the two roads at the "suggested" crossings....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Hallon two

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Some issues have now been investigated by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, see details below. After passing under the M5 along a short section of road the route heads towards the border into Dudley Metropolitan Borough where new issues raise their head with paths not quite where they are marked on the map so follow the plot not the OS map. Follow up from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council see maps in pictures. Footpath H97 at Bartley Green Football Club, the land occupier assumed that the path had been diverted when the footpball pitch was laid out. Currently the correct line shown red on the map is unavailable an available route follows the green line. Here the route shown green offers a safe bridge....

Ken

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A nice direct route from Halesowen to Romsley. I walked this from Halesowen where the exit is direct and easy navigation with a light controlled crossing of the major road in the town....

Ken

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Halesowen—Rowley Regis

David Sanderson added Halrow two, a new walk from Halesowen to Rowley Regis

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Leaving the canal at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (more shopping, eating and drinking opportunities in the main foyer here) the route follows a clear pedestrian/cycle way to the A4040 (another general store just before reaching here). Having crossed the A4040 the route follows a very pleasant walkway alongside the Bourne Brook (there is a better entrance to this pathway a few yards further up the A4040 - see Halbir2)....

Dave4

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The route out of Birmingham via the Birmingham and Worcester Canal is sound but does pass through the Mailbox which can be closed on occasion. You leave the canal at University Railway Station (yes, the University of Birmingham is “University” in the rail network). A road takes you over the M5 and you enter what was my favourite and then least favourite sections of the walk....

David Sanderson

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Halesowen—Birmingham

David Sanderson added Halbir two, a new walk from Halesowen to Birmingham

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See my review for Halbir1...

Dave4

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The route out of Birmingham via the Birmingham and Worcester Canal is sound but does pass through the Mailbox which can be closed on occasion. You leave the canal at University Railway Station (yes, the University of Birmingham is “University” in the rail network). Reaching the outer ring road you follow it down, crossing it at the pedestrian crossing then going through the main entrance to the walkway beside the Bourne Brook....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Halbir two

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It was fun to go off the beaten track and explore new ways of getting places. Unfortunately this route is needs some adjustments....

Mieke

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An alternative route RomHal2 was explored in the reverse direction, using the crossing about 500m west opposite the exit of Quarry Lane. 2 Photo (review photo 1). Kissing gate onto unpaved path around rear of gardens. 2A photo of path. 3 Photo (review photo 2). 5 Photo (review photo 3). 7 Photo (review photo 4). Approx position of gate with narrow plank bridge 50 cm; at field boundary 9 Photos (review photo 5) Approx position Gate and waymark Approx position gate with rough approach which would be very muddy if wet Approx position of kissing gate; very rough would be muddy if wet; the path ahead is not clearly defined Gate in left fence after about 50 yards joins track leading into Quarry Lane and the end of RomHal2 alternative route with slightly safer road crossing See RomHal 2 route for alternative crossing...

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Romsley—Halesowen

Helenix134 added Romhal two, a new walk from Romsley to Halesowen

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Brierley Hill—Halesowen

Slow Ways added Brihal one, a new walk from Brierley Hill to Halesowen

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Hagley—Halesowen

Slow Ways added Haghal one, a new walk from Hagley to Halesowen

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Halesowen—Birmingham

Slow Ways added Halbir one, a new walk from Halesowen to Birmingham

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Halesowen—Longbridge

Slow Ways added Hallon one, a new walk from Halesowen to Longbridge

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Halesowen—Rowley Regis

Slow Ways added Halrow one, a new walk from Halesowen to Rowley Regis

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Romsley—Halesowen

Slow Ways added Romhal one, a new walk from Romsley to Halesowen

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Halesowen, Thu 25 July

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Halesowen’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SO9648083422

Lat / Lon

52.44876° / -2.05321°

Easting / Northing

396,480E / 283,422N

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