Tibberton, Smite, Hindlip and Canal

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This walk starts from The Bridge Inn, a canalside pub with great food, a dog-friendly bar and a children's playground, in the lovely village of Tibberton, not far from the motorway. A little walk up the lane takes you to the first of the public footpaths; this one goes right through Danemere Dog and Animal Rescue, so you may be able to have a look around at the animals waiting for rehoming. You then head over the fields towards and underneath the motorway and back up towards and through the West Mercia Police Training establishment at Hindlip Hall, which dates back to 1820. The Church of St James, which is within the grounds, was withdrawn as a parish church in 1997 but remains in use as the force's chapel. Then it's back through fields and along lanes to duck under the motorway again and hop onto the canal, last used for freight in the 1960s. The last commercial boats were probably those delivering chocolate crumb to the Cadbury factory at Bournville, Birmingham. You then walk for a peaceful couple of miles through lovely open countryside and a flight of six locks, back to the pub at the start.

England - Central England - Worcestershire - Countryside


Birds, Church, Good for Kids, Play Area, Pub, Restaurant, Wildlife
02/07/2013 - Sandra Rowland

Meryl: My apologies for the error in Step 1. It has now been amended. The walk now avoids the 2 totally overgrown stiles, and I've cut down the vegetation on all the other overgrown stiles on the walk. I've made Step 5 clearer, and apologise for this.

29/06/2013 - Meryl Bullock

Not sure when this walk was published but a lot has changed. At point 1 the path is on the LEFT not right before the white house. At point 2 the stile in corner of field is not longer there and the suggested alternative gate is locked and not easily climbed. I would suggest staying on the lane and walking up the drive to the Danemere Animal Rescue Centre and pick up the walk again at the ditch. At point 4 the stile was totally overgrown. At point 5 the instructions were so vague I totally lost my way and ended up almost back at the start again. Using my OS map I managed to get to Point 8 and complete the walk - from this point onwards it was an enjoyable walk, but not one I will be attempting again.

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