During the Industrial Revolution the ‘Black Country’ was a manufacturing landscape where rows of factories and foundries lined a network of canals.
Barges carried coal, sand and limestone to works that manufactured everything from heavy bridges to delicate jewellery.
Stourbridge became world-famous for making iron and glass. This walk follows the Town Arm of the Stourbridge Canal, which was the spine of local iron and glassmaking sites.
Discover why the Stourbridge Canal was created and enjoy the architecture of its bridges and locks. See the iron foundry that made the first steam locomotive that ran in the USA. Find out why Stourbridge was ideal for glassmaking and about the people who lived and worked here in Victorian times. Visit Britain’s most complete working ‘glass cone’.
The walk was inspired by Graham Fisher MBE and his book Jewels on the Cut which tells the story of the industries that emerged here.
1 ¾ miles
An easy walk along the canal towpath
- Suitable for:
Keep children away from the canal edge especially at locks
Radar Key Scheme gates along the towpath, a couple of steep bridges to cross
Dogs should be kept under control beside the canal
- West Midlands
- Towns & Cities
- Exploiting the landscape Built landscapes Working landscapes
- Canal Street, Stourbridge
- Red House Glass Cone, Wordsley
- Getting there:
Nearest station is Stourbridge Town, shuttle service to Stourbridge Junction
Access via A491 (close to J4 of the M5) and A449 from Wolverhampton
Many local and regional routes, bus station next to Stourbridge Town railway station
On National Cycle Route number 54 (Stourport to Derby)