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West Midlands region, the calm away from the concrete

West Midlands

Across the West Midlands 520 miles of canals weave through richly vibrant and culturally diverse communities.

In 2021 we showcased our canals in Coventry as part of Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture, and last year we were proud our canals played a key part in showcasing the region as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Just over half of Birmingham's population is within walking distance of their local canal, and we hosted thousands across the city's waterways during the summer.

We have ‘More Canals Than Venice!' in Birmingham and we're incredibly proud to see them featured in the Opening Ceremony, part of the design of the medal and playing host to multiple locations for the Queen's Baton Relay.

We're currently delivering a £1.7 million project to improve natural habitats along our canals in the West Midlands as part of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Once at the heart of the industrial revolution, a place of trade, today they are at the core of our national waterways network and play a central role in helping you live a happier, healthier life.

Towpath closure between Stewart Aqueduct and Spon Lane

After a recent survey which was carried out on a historic factory that sits immediately next to the Main Line Canal and towpath, it was highlighted that the building's walls are in danger of collapsing.

To ensure the safety of local people and boaters, we have temporarily closed the towpath between Stewart Aqueduct and Spon Lane. Until the building is made safe, the towpath will remain closed. We recommend boaters keep a safe distance from the towpath and avoid mooring in this section.

There is a simple diversion along the Old Main Line. Leave the New Main line canal at Stewarts Aqueduct and walk along the Old Main Line Canal to Spon Lane South. You can either leave the canal at Spon Lane South and join the New Main Line or continue along the Old Main line canal to Smethwick Junction where you can re-join the New Main Line Canal.

Using our map

To find moorings, boaters' facilities and access points, click the 'view map' tab below and zoom into the map. Click the blue 'i' icon in the top right hand corner to expand the key.


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Contact Us

Canal & River Trust: West Midlands 22 Cambrian Wharf King Edwards Road Birmingham, B1 2AN Our Cambrian office is open Monday to Friday from 9am - 3.15pm

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