situated 4 miles south-west of Wolverhampton, is said to be
the largest village in England.
of attractions in this area around Wombourne fo day trips
or a longer holiday.
through the western side of the village is the Staffordshire
and Worcestershire Canal. Along the canal to the north are
the Bratch Locks, consisting of a flight of three locks, two
bridges and a tollhouse. Adjacent to the Upper Bratch Bridge,
the octagonal tollhouse now houses a chandlery and information
Wombourne railway station lies on the South Staffordshire
Railway Walk. This footpath follows the track bed of the
former Great Western Railway Stourbridge - Wolverhampton line.
Wombourne Station houses a café and information point for
Wombourne and Kingswinford stands Himley
Hall (in the West Midlands). This 18th century Palladian
mansion, the former home of the Earls of Dudley, is set in
180 acres of parkland designed by 'Capability' Brown. The
park includes a great lake, fed from a series waterfalls from
a higher chain of small ponds. Himley Hall has often been
patronised by royalty and in 1936 Edward VIII (later the Duke
of Windsor) spent his last weekend here before his abdication.
Today Himley Hall is owned by Wolverhampton and Dudely District
Country Park. This 150 acre country park, lying on the
site of the former Baggeridge Colliery and part of the original
Himley Estate, is a perfect spot for visitors wishing to enjoy
the peace and quiet of attractive countryside or those looking
for wildlife. There are also lots of a facilities for outdoor