You step off the busy streets onto the towpath and suddenly all is calm in a sea of concrete.
These canals were at the heart of the industrial revolution. They remain at the heart of our national network and they continue to play a central role in helping you live a happier, healthier life.
From the Black Country to the Potteries, over to the Welsh border and back again, come with us here in the West Midlands as we take our wonderful waterways to heart, and make life better by the water.
(Note: to find moorings, boaters' facilities and access points, zoom into the map tab below. Click the red 'i' icon in the bottom right hand corner to expand the key.)
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