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Daw End reflections by C. Johnstone

Daw End Canal

The Daw End Branch Canal is one of the most rural of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It was built to carry limestone to Black Country furnaces; now its surroundings are peaceful and green.

Daw End Canal

Length5.4 miles

Maximum boat dimensions

Length21.34m 70ft
Width2.13m 7ft
Draught1.22m 4ft
Headroom1.98m 6ft 6"

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What was once the limestone quarry is now Hayhead Heath Wood Nature Reserve, a leafy haven rich in plant life. In fact, Daw End's quiet waters have become one of the best places to fish in this part of the BCN.

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