W&B Day 4: Alvechurch to Bourneville


The chocolate factory at the end of the journey.
(see photo journey)
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The penultimate stage of my walk from Worcester to Birmingham was between Alvechurch and Bourneville.

Although a sunny start to the day, this was the first of these walks on which I wore a top with sleeves. The year is turning.

This stage features the only part of the walk I have been dreading, the Wast Hills Tunnel. At 2493 metres it requires a detour on roads of around two miles. In the event it wasn’t too bad.

For the detour I walked north along Wast Hills Lane and then turned right at Redhill Road and first left into Bracken Way. At the end of Bracken way I turned right onto Longdales Road, continuing for about a mile before turning left down Primrose Hill and rejoining the canal at Bridge 70.

Even after crossing under the M42 the surroundings remained tranquil and rural until the tunnel. After the tunnel it was back to the kind of industrial conditions I haven’t seen since Stoke Works, although relieved by some pleasant stretches.

It was exciting to pass the major junction with the Stratford-on-Avon canal at Kings Norton.

Bourneville is an interesting place, so dominated by Cadbury. I would have liked longer to walk around and explore the buildings and civic works constructed by Cadbury Brothers in the 19th and early 20th Century.

Only four miles to go now to arrive at the end of the Worcester & Birmingham canal, and hence the end of the journey, in Birmingham city centre.

See the photo-journey and don’t forget to read the captions!