Staffordshire - Rushall Canal - Daw End Branch - Walsall to Brownhills
How to get there -
Leave the Walsall Ring Road (Broadway North) by the A461. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Mellish Road for one mile. Cross the canal and take the fourth exit at the roundabout to retrace your steps. As soon as you recross the canal take the entrance on the left which leads down to the towpath. Park so as to not restrict access. For those with SatNav the postcode is WS4 2JS.
An alternative start is at Park Lime Pits
. For those with SatNav the postcode is WS4 1LG.
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Suggested Launch Site -
Launch over the bank.
The Daw End Canal was built in 1800 to serve the Black Country with local supplies of limestone. Despite its proximity to industrialised areas it now provides a pleasant opportunity to meander through the Staffordshire countryside. It's five and a half lock free miles from the start at Longwood to the Anchor Inn at Brownhills. (WS8 6DP)
Head north for one mile to Rushall where there is an alternative get in at Park Lime Pits. Continue for a further four miles to Catshill Junction where you turn right for the Anglesea Branch. A quarter of a mile will take you to the A452 where you will find the Anchor Inn. Depending on your preference this may be a suitable place for refreshments before turning round or if you want a shorter trip you may be able to leave a car here. It's of course polite to ask first.
Alternatively for a shorter trip you can simply turn round earlier and return to the start.