Jacob's Ladder, Canal and Lanes around Porter's Mill

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The Mug House pub is supposedly one of only two English pubs to reside in a churchyard, St John the Baptist, and dates back to the 1600s. It's an ideal starting and finishing point for this walk. There are no stiles (or any tricky bits!) so dogs would be fine on this walk. The walk starts off along lanes that wind down to the newly-restored Droitwich Canal, where you can spot herons in flight and where several pairs of swans nest each year. The canal is popular with fishermen and is well-stocked, judging by the amount of fish I've seen in their keep-nets! After the first stretch of canal, you then take to the lanes and meander back down to the second stretch of canal, which is where the herons have been sighted the most, as the River Salwarpe runs almost parallel to the canal and at one point they are so close, it seems they almost touch! This stretch of canal lasts about a mile and then it's back onto the lanes to wind up to the start. This is an ideal walk to whet your appetite before a tasty pub lunch!

England - Central England - Worcestershire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Pub, Wildlife
6/5/2018 - Sandra Rowland

Thank you for your comment, I'm pleased you and your son enjoyed the walk, it's one of my favourites! I've updated the description and the photo, as that unsightly metal structure has thankfully now been taken away! The county council are improving the area and the roads are also currently being resurfaced, which also makes for easier, safer walking.

6/2/2018 - Tracy Prosser

My son and I went for this walk today. The instructions were easy to follow and we had a lovely walk. Only point is that at waymarker 3 there is no longer a metal three posted structure leading to a car park as is described and pictured and there is now just a black gate (we walked straight past to begin with as we was looking out for this structure but soon realised and turned back to go on the right track). This walk took us 1 hour and 50 minutes.

5/17/2018 - Sandra Rowland

Walk updated by Sandra Rowland, 17 May 2018.

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