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well worth a visit

our discovery of this little gem was great it was teeming with feathered friends including a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Interesting place to visit

Spent a nice morning here watching narrow boats navigate the locks both down from top to bottom and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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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 3 weeks ago

our discovery of this little gem was great it was teeming with feathered friends including a heron.the canal was comfortable to walk alongside and there is a man there who will help you well worth a walk if you can... there is a limited parking...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a nice morning here watching narrow boats navigate the locks both down from top to bottom and vice versa.The lock keeper was very friendly and helpful as were all the boat owners that my 10 year old questioned about the process.We had a nice...More

Thank crippssp
Reviewed April 13, 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 February 17, 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 September 1, 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 July 23, 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 July 19, 2017 via mobile

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

Thank StewClur
Reviewed June 21, 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 June 3, 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 October 31, 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
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August 13, 2017|
Response from Sharon N |
Unfortunately not due to the uneven surface of the towpath.
August 13, 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
January 6, 2015|
Response from mariegriffiths |
BTW his name was Edwin Wall