Canal Map on Google
This is a great ride and a fun day! There are some very smooth sections and some bumpy ones, so no road bikes however my boardman managed it 700 x 28c tires! It is fairly well maintained and I found a much more pleasant ride than the Birmingham to Stratford canal, which I found badly maintained in sections to the point it was easier to get off and push my bike (mountain bikes would have been fine) hybrids etc.. suffer.
Theres lot's of interesting things to look at and if your up for it theres only a little extra cycling required to get to Tamworth Castle.
A special note on the "Tolsons Mill Wool Shop" we stumbled in on the promise of a coffee and food and what we at first thought was a museum much to the owners amusement! backing right onto the Canal at the end in a lovely old mill building it provides coffee and other cafe related delights! The owners were lovely people and more than happy to accomodate our bikes!
Tolsons Mill Facebook Page
|The Entrance to Tolsons Mill|
(from their facebook page)
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