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Peaceful Location

When we visited sadly there were no narrow boats on the canal. The weather was grey and damp but... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Retford, United Kingdom
Lovely winter walk

My partner and I found this a lovely hidden gem of a walk last week. We parked on the small car... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2018
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The Bratch is the perfect spot for a family afternoon of exploring canalside history and local wildlife. Take a walk along the towpath and admire the historic bridge and pumping station, or spot the locks, originally built as a staircase! Follow the...more
Bratch Locks | Wombourne, Wolverhampton WV5 8DW, England
+44 303 040 4040
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

When we visited sadly there were no narrow boats on the canal. The weather was grey and damp but one could imagine how interesting it would be to see the boats going through this series of locks. Beautifully constructed brickwork and walkways all around the...More

Thank davev68
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

My partner and I found this a lovely hidden gem of a walk last week. We parked on the small car park by the canal and walked toward Wolverhampton as far as smestow nature reserve, where we cut across to the railway walk for the...More

Thank beleagueredtraveller
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Bratch lock , well looked after , very neat and tidy , ideal for a stroll or a bit of canal walking , very close to Wombourne and the canalside Round Oak pub .

Thank David M
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Nice enough spot but nothing out of ordinary as locks go. Parking not easy. Reading the comments from others I was expecting there to be more to it.

Thank Moonpuddle
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Very beautiful , really peaceful and relaxing. A great place to all and cycle, fun for all the family.

Thank StewClur
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This is just a lovely place to stroll with the dog and it doesn't really matter what the weather is like there is always something different to see. This time of year it is lovely with the late nights walking at the edge of the...More

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Any canalside walk is always good, but the short stretch of the Staffs and Worcester between the Bratch and Bumblehole Lock is particularly relaxing, Parking - as other reviewers have noted - can be a bit of a problem.

Thank HistoryBuff2013
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

A very interesting and enjoyable visit. If boats are going through the locks it's a plus as it provides lots of interest and shows you the ingenious building of times past

Thank Wendy P
Reviewed 28 August 2016

a very well looked after set of locks - and definately worth a look see... BUT parking is a nightmare, very small carpark next to locks.. So visit in off peak times - not weekends...

Thank TheFazeys
Reviewed 17 April 2016

Visit this place regularly. Beautiful scenery. Make sure you note when the car park closes. Worth a visit.

Thank 760AndrewG
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13 August 2017|
Response from Sharon N |
Unfortunately not due to the uneven surface of the towpath.
13 August 2017|
Response from Moonpuddle | Reviewed this property |
The path up to the top lock is quite bumpy. I would imagine path might get muddy on way to Bumble Hole Lock. The parking area isn't the best if you have a wheelchair accessible vehicle and if you park up the hill it's very... More
7 January 2015|
Response from mariegriffiths |
BTW his name was Edwin Wall