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West Bromwich

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Slow Ways linking West Bromwich and Great Barr, Oldbury (Sandwell), Smethwick, Stone Cross, Tipton, Wednesbury

England / West Midlands / West Bromwich

West Bromwich’s six Slow Ways are 83% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 5/6
and surveyed: 3/6

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Walk to West Bromwich from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Oldbury (Sandwell)—West Bromwich
Oldbwes one

Double check Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 29m Descent 18m
Oldbury (Sandwell)—West Bromwich
Oldbwes two Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 34m Descent 23m
Tipton—West Bromwich
Tiptwes one

Double check Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 57m Descent 36m
Tipton—West Bromwich
Tiptwes two Survey me Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 89m Descent 67m
Wednesbury—West Bromwich
Wedwes one

Review me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 41m Descent 69m
Wednesbury—West Bromwich
Wedwes two Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 46m Descent 74m
Wednesbury—West Bromwich
Wedwes three Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 91m Descent 116m
West Bromwich—Great Barr
Wesgre one

Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 81m Descent 92m
West Bromwich—Great Barr
Wesgre two

Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 81m Descent 93m
West Bromwich—Great Barr
Wesgre three Survey me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 95m Descent 108m
West Bromwich—Smethwick
Wessme one

Double check Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 55m Descent 65m
West Bromwich—Smethwick
Wessme two Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
West Bromwich—Smethwick
Wessme three Review me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
West Bromwich—Stone Cross
Weststo one Enjoy me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 29m Descent 47m

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Collective progress

66% of West Bromwich’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

14/14

reviewed

4/14

surveyed

5/14

verified

10 people have contributed to West Bromwich’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in West Bromwich

71km out of 71km have been walked and reviewed

155km of reviews have been shared in West Bromwich

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Starting off from Wednesbury you walk through the side streets with repair shops onto the main road before entering residential area and then a series of footpaths lead you eventually to the Metro Station at Black Lake. You follow the Metro Line along footpaths with the Trams passing you every 10 minutes for company before coming into West Bromwich. Another good Slow Ways easy to follow....

Nigel Cull

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It's a fairly good route which does its best to avoid the busy roads where possible. Although it's a relatively short route at just under 4 miles, there is a great little pub just 100m from the route I can recommend....

Steve Litchfield

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Here I had to go up a ridged brick slope to reach the old canal line (built by Brindley). I passed below Galton Valley Canal Museum and under the next bridge, and left the towpath up shallow steps to the old canal line again and out onto the road....

Mary Oz

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West Bromwich—Smethwick

Mary Oz added Wessme three, a new walk from West Bromwich to Smethwick

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This plot is horribly inaccurate and involves either guesswork, or flying....

Mary Oz

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On looking at my photos, I realise there were some interesting buildings along the way, starting with some classic municipal buildings in Oldbury, including The Big House....

Mary Oz

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Steve Litchfield took this photo on Tiptwes two

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It's a really good route, which starts by taking you along the streets to the Birmingham Canal (New Main Line) towpath which the route follows for approx....

Steve Litchfield

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Enjoyed this, it was mostly along the canal....

Marion Frankland

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From West Bromwich bus station we turn right up St Michael Street and left onto High Street, which we follow out past the Town Hall and the Memorial Gardens then turn right beyond Lidl onto Shaftesbuury Street, which crosses under the busy A41 through an underpass....

Hugh Hudson

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Steve Litchfield took this photo on Wessme two

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I completed this walk yesterday walking northwards from Smethwick....

Steve Litchfield

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It was the first part of a circular walk stitching together four routes around Sandwell totalling 9.5 miles involving Rowley Regis, Smethwick and back to West Brom....

Steve Litchfield

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I walked the remaining part of this route from the station up to Oldbury yesterday as part of another long walk finishing at Bromsgrove...

Hugh Hudson

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At a pelican crossing, we cross to Hamstead Road, which we cross then turn right down it, turning left into Hembs Crescent and going straight on into Johns Grove, where we enter the Sandwell Valley park and follow the cycle track left. The shortest way up to it uses a flight of steps, and we continue up the hill and past the war memorial to emerge on Reform Street, where we turn left, crossing the A41 bridge and going half right over a pelican crossing into Bull Street....

Hugh Hudson

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All routes already had a good review so I concur that they are good or adequate plots. I could almost hear the presenter's voice as my thoughts returned to that era which then skipped to a comic sketch by Michael Bentine, reading the results in that measured BBC voice, his excitement growing as he thought he had a winning coupon....

Ken

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All routes already had a good review so I concur that they are good or adequate plots. Stone Cross had Christmas preparations well in hand at the meeting point where a good selection of shops are on offer including the local branch of The WestBrom. A short walk, passing the 1928 HQ of the building society then onto the bus station opposite the Billiard Hall and round the corner to the meeting point close to the metro....

Ken

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Taking you through Sandwell Valley Country Park and easy to follow very enjoyable...

Nigel Cull

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Wesgre 1 can be followed using common sense but the plotting is very vague - for instance taking a long diagonal crossing of Newton Road, a fast moving dual carriageway near the end point at Great Barr, crossing the river in Sandwell Country Park where there is no bridge. 3 stars because the pop mapping is outweighed by the very pleasant surroundings of the main section of the walk....

Dave4

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See review of Wesgre 1 of which this seems to be a duplicate....

Dave4

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This is a really pleasant walk and,, apart from a little pavement plodding at either end, is surprisingly rural for the majority of the route taking in municipal parkland and the Sandwell Valley Country Park. Much of the route follows The Beacon Way, footpaths are firm and well surfaced and take you alongside the River Tame past lakes and quite close to 2 urban farms and an RSPB centre. Both ends of the walk provide opportunities for food and drink and access to public transport links....

Dave4

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Having left the main road, there is a short residential section which delivers you via kissing gate into Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve. Having crossed Park Lane, a fast but not very busy road you then go round Swan Pool in Sandwell Valley Country Park. From the edge of the park it's pavements and crossings all the way to the home straight of West Bromwich High Street....

David Sanderson

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West Bromwich—Great Barr

David Sanderson added Wesgre three, a new walk from West Bromwich to Great Barr

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The tin hat had to be the final section which, rather than following the High Street to the Bus Station, deliberately puts you on a side of the road with initially no pavement, and then a pavement clearly designed to deter pedestrians....

David Sanderson

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Route at West Bromwich end is on wrong side of the road...

David Sanderson

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A fairly no frills but safe and straightforward pavement only walk between Oldbury and West Bromwich....

David Sanderson

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A great walk between Tipton Railway Station and West Bromwich Bus Station. You could stay on the towpath on the Tipton Railway side until you leave, but the towpath indicated is wider and paved, so is more "all weather"....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Tiptwes two

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Tipton—West Bromwich

David Sanderson added Tiptwes two, a new walk from Tipton to West Bromwich

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Oldbury (Sandwell)—West Bromwich

David Sanderson added Oldbwes two, a new walk from Oldbury (Sandwell) to West Bromwich

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Between SO 9961 9038 and SO 9971 9053 this route uses an alleyway between allotments which can only be accessed by keyholders. An alternative route along the parallel street will be submitted as Oldbwes 2...

David Sanderson

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Plotting from Tipton is so vague that you can't tell which side of the canal you should walk, or where you should cross. Leaving at Albion, the junction is quiet tricky to cross...

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Tiptwes one

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Wednesbury—West Bromwich

David Sanderson added Wedwes three, a new walk from Wednesbury to West Bromwich

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To get to the meeting place you have to follow the ramp on the other side of the path or continue on to West Bromwich Central Metro Station, which would be my preference....

David Sanderson

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The route runs as far as West Bromwich Central where the road level is only slightly higher than the Metro line....

David Sanderson

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There's no denying that this a direct no-nonsense kind of a walk between the centre of West Bromwich and one of its suburbs but it includes a section through Charlemont Cemetery which I had never visited before....

David Sanderson

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Leaving Smethwick you cross the road by Galton Bridge Railway Station and then cross said bridge to cross Galton Valley. A short path brings you out by the traffic lights to cross Kenrick Way....

David Sanderson

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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...

Dave4

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West Bromwich—Smethwick

Urzum added Wessme two, a new walk from West Bromwich to Smethwick

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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....

Urzum

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This was a fun local walk - its certainly not picturesque but we enjoyed walking a route we would so often drive, noticing all the small details of the canal and the industrial estate cafes. This route follows the tram line most of the way which is easy to follow without having to keep referring back to the map. It was fairly flat and easily accessible, apart from one section which changed from pavement to grass with a rough break in the path....

AgathaRuncible

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West Bromwich—Stone Cross

Boring_Dave added Weststo one, a new walk from West Bromwich to Stone Cross

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Oldbury (Sandwell)—West Bromwich

Slow Ways added Oldbwes one, a new walk from Oldbury (Sandwell) to West Bromwich

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Tipton—West Bromwich

Slow Ways added Tiptwes one, a new walk from Tipton to West Bromwich

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Wednesbury—West Bromwich

Slow Ways added Wedwes one, a new walk from Wednesbury to West Bromwich

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Wednesbury—West Bromwich

Slow Ways added Wedwes two, a new walk from Wednesbury to West Bromwich

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West Bromwich—Great Barr

Slow Ways added Wesgre one, a new walk from West Bromwich to Great Barr

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West Bromwich—Great Barr

Slow Ways added Wesgre two, a new walk from West Bromwich to Great Barr

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West Bromwich—Smethwick

Slow Ways added Wessme one, a new walk from West Bromwich to Smethwick

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West Bromwich, Wed 17 July

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West Bromwich’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SP0046791013

Lat / Lon

52.51702° / -1.99454°

Easting / Northing

400,467E / 291,013N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of West Bromwich'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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