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Walking the Tow Path

GOOD NEWS: 26th April 2013

THE TOW PATH BETWEEN THE BARGE LOCK IN VINES PARK AND LOCK 7 ON THE JUNCTION CANAL  REMAINS  OPEN DESPITE DEVELOPMENT OF A HOUSING ESTATE AND A LARGE COMPLEX OF EXTRA CARE APARTMENTS


For information on Tow Path Walks, there are some excellent suggestions in the Navigation and Visitors Guide Book:         click: -     

Navigation Book

Alternative route; muddy, but has a good view of the canal

View looking south showing remains of the town mill site

View looking south showing disruption to the tow path

Whether you like walking 2, 4, 6 or 8 miles there is no excuse not to get out and about in Droitwich, where there has always been plenty of opportunities for walking. The opening of the wonderfully  restored Junction  and Barge canals in  July 2011 has  given us improved  opportunities  to discover what is on our doorstep.

On June 5th 2012 96 people walked Droitwich Spa Diamond Jubilee Walk, an eight mile circular walk using 4 miles of canal towpaths and 4 miles of quiet lanes and footpaths. The walk was devised to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee year and was supported by Peter Luff MP and Pam Davey County Councillor. A map and route description can be downloaded from the Ramblers website www.ramblers.org.uk

In  December 2012, 35 people walked  Droitwich Spa Diamond Jubilee,  Hadzor Circular. A 4 mile  route along the Junction and Worcester Birmingham canals, across Gaudet Luce Golf club and back to Droitwich through St Peters Fields. This has been signposted by WCC Countryside service.

Both of these walks included people from:

1) Spa Walkers: A branch of the national Walking for Health organisation which meets every week rain or shine on Wednesdays at 10.30 ,outside Droitwich Leisure Centre . An hour’s walk of approximately 2 miles is followed by a sociable chat over a cup of coffee.

Contact: spawalkers@hotmail.co.uk  Sue Mynette on 01905 778813,

2) Wychavon Leisure Walking Group:

This group meets on:

 Tuesday at 9.30 outside Droitwich Leisure Centre for eight mile walks. Weekly

 Thursday at 9.30  outside Droitwich Leisure Centre for walks of 4-6 miles.  

Twice per month in the summer and once per month in the winter.

   Contact: rowland.kayak@virgin.net

3) There is also a Walking Group in the newly formed Droitwich U3A.
 See website  
http://u3asites.org.uk/droitwich

Contact:  Droitwichu3a@hotmail.co.uk

4) The Worcestershire branch of the Ramblers has 6 local groups.  

Make it a New Year’s Resolution to come along to one of these groups.

Cllr.Pam Davey and Cllr. Tony Miller launching the new circular walk to Hadzor.

TOW PATH NOW OPEN

Canal Maps

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