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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Does Birmingham really have more miles of canal than Venice? The exact numbers depend on where you draw the city boundaries, but the whole Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) system adds up to 100 miles of canals.
30th March 2018 10:00am to 2nd April 2018 5:00pm
Iron Bridge Lock & Cassiobury Park Locks
4th May 2018 10:00am to 7th May 2018 5:00pm
Grand Union Canal towpath adjacent to Waitrose
26th May 2018 12:00am to 28th May 2018 11:59pm
25th August 2018 10:00am to 27th August 2018 5:00pm
Birmingham Mainline Canal, alongside Arena Birmingham
26th Feb 2018 7:00am to 30th Mar 2018 4:00pm
We will be undertaking bank stabilisation works on the on the Wyrley and Essington canal between Pinfold BridgeWE-003-004 and Wards Bridge WE-004-001. To ensure the works are undertaken safely, the towpath...
5th Mar 2018 8:00am to 5th Mar 2018 6:00pm
Bridgeway Consulting Ltd will be undertaking an underwater examination of the railway bridge. Whilst the canal will remain open during the activities, signage and banksman will be utilised to manage members...
14th Feb 2018 8:00am to 30th Mar 2018 6:00pm
The towpath will be closed between Old Walsall Road to Perry Barr Top Lock to facilitate the rock scaling and vegetation removal works at Tower Hill Cutting in Perry Barr. Navigation will be open as usual,...
19th Feb 2018 8:00am to 9th Mar 2018 6:00pm
Alfred Bagnall & Sons Limited on behalf of National Grid will be repainting the gas pipe crossing the canal. An encapsulated scaffolding will be erected across the canal & towpath to facilitate the works.
20th Jan 2018 7:00am onwards
There is a navigation hazard on the towpath side of the pound between Locks 38 & 39 due to several large displaced coping stones (dislodged during renovation works) below water level. These are situated...
1st Feb 2018 6:00am to 24th Feb 2018 6:00pm
20th Feb 2018 8:00am to 20th Feb 2018 4:00pm
The top end lock gates are being refreshed with new Felt and Boarding.
21st Dec 2017 2:00pm onwards
Please be advised that, due to a major leak, the towpath is closed between bridges 2 and 3 on the Worcester and Birmingham canal. Severn Trent are on site and are working with the Canal and River trust...
22nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 6:00pm
Works are to be carried out on the Tardebigge Flight to repair the rotating waterway wall at Pound 51. Asset WB-025-10.
26th Feb 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
To remove the existing lock ladder and replace with a new ladder to give a greater tread depth, thereby improving customer safety. The lock chamber needs to be fully de-watered to enable the ladder to...
19th Feb 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Gate and brickwork repairs.
8th Jan 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
To undertake bridge refurbishment and painting. A towpath diversion will be provided.
To undertake bridge refurbishment works and painting. .
22nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Towpath widening works through the tunnel. These works are now confirmed.
Repairs to be carried out on lock gates, stonework and brickwork. .
Lock gate and brickwork repairs to be undertaken. .
12th Feb 2018 8:00am to 9th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Repairs to be undertaken to the waterway wall. In response to customer feedback, a navigation window is planned for 20th - 21st January 2018.
22nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 23rd Feb 2018 4:00pm
12th Feb 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Gate replacement and Silt removal from the lock. .
2nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Embankment and Canal Leakage repairs. Unfortunately there is no passage window or diversion due to the dewatering of the whole section.
12th Jun 2015 10:30am onwards
The waterway wall directly opposite the winding hole is starting to fail and further wash from boat propellers using the winding hole will exacerbate the problem. Therefore we are closing the winding hole...
50 Berth Marina located on a beef and sheep farm in rural Warwickshire. Truly unique and tranquil.
Union Canal Carriers are a family run hire boat company celebrating 50 years in business. The fleet of 17 hire boats are built by us and are all individual as we believe our customers are. Our staff are...
Suppliers Of Red Diesel & Biodegradable Oils & Greases
Countryside canal basin moorings for up to 12 Narrowboats. Permanent and short term moorings including overnight.
Building Bespoke Boats, refurbishments in Tamworth.
Black hand made rope fenders for narrowboats'
Visitor information about Braunston; its organisations, businesses (e.g. eating places and canal services), local walks, history, news and events.
Trip Boats - Barty Boats - Corporate Entertainment Afloat - Floating Coffee Boat - Water Bus - Dry Dock - Repairs - Moorings - Boat Yard Services
Escape to a slower pace of life...
We provide a UK street address for boaters who are on the waterways and can either scan mail received or forward at a time and to a place to suit
Small friendly marina on the Grand Union Canal midway between Stoke Bruerne and Buckby. 15 miles of lock- free crusing with pub and village shop nearby. Affordable rates with no hidden extras. Bugbrooke...
The marina has an onsite shop with gifts, confectionery and magazines, and a boat chandlery. There are toilets, showers, waste disposal, recycling and off line moorings. Free parking and wi-fi access available....
Consulting Marine Engineers and Small Ship Surveyors based in West London and covering U/K and Europe.
Wet and dry dock facilities.
Self drive narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal.
Willow Wren Training is an RYA and MCA recognised training centre based at Nelson's Wharf on the Grand Union Canal close to Stockton, Warwickshire. WWT has been providing training for leisure and professional...
We offer long term moorings to 8 boats in the semi tidal waters between Thames Lock (101) and Brentford Gauging Locks (100) on the southern end of the Grand Union Canal. Brentford. We rarely have vacancies...
Calcutt Boats is a family run business based on the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford canals near Napton. Established over 35 years ago Calcutt has developed into a full service boatyard providing...
Diesel, coal, logs, kindling, gas and Elsan blue from narrow boat Towcester operating between Braunstonand Hemel on the Grand Union Canal.
We carry out all aspects of boat repairs and refurbishment.
Narrowboat surveys for Pre-purchase, Insurance and Condition. Boat Safety Scheme examinations. Engine servicing. Gas Safe Registered.
Inland Waterway Consultants.
Workshops in aromatherapy and natural skincare
The Skinny Boat Photography Company supplies unique handmade greetings cards and framed pictures. All of the images have been captured by us so you will not see them for sale anywhere else. We capture...
Operating from on board Narrowboat 'Drifter', Nancy May Crochet supplies beautiful handmade crocheted items for baby, toddler and adult. We also accept commissions for one off items.
We are Roving Traders travelling the inland waterways on our narrow-boat Islonian trading as Flavoursfloat.
Boatfaeries are always busy on NB Sense of Freedom and have a selection of Arts and Handcrafted Gifts on a canal near you.
We sell a wide selection of interesting antique and collectible items with an emphasis on nautical, wooden and canal bygones. We always have a selection of Meashamware teapots available!
LNBP at Braunston, formerly known as London Narrow Boat Project, is a Registered Charity, a non-profit making voluntary organisation and a Company limited by Guarantee.
We operate the only passenger boats on the southern Grand Union Canal which are both wide-beam and purpose-built to provide access and comfort for people with mobility or other difficulties.
Arthur Daily Trips (Canal Cruises)
Try Hertfordshire's No.1 cycling experience and visit historical places and beautiful countryside on a guided electric bike tour.
Choose to take your canal boat holiday from a choice of nine holiday centres, from the Peak District to the Midlands, Cheshire, Cambridge, Oxford, Wiltshire, Scotland, Wales and London, each with their...
Luxury Canal Boat Holidays based out of Milton Keynes Marina on the Grand Union Canal.
Handmade greetings cards and stationery for all occasions. Orders taken for bespoke cards.
Our Charity: The Floating Classroom.
Severn Expeditions offer Self Drive Day Boat hire on the river Severn. Great for family fun and fishing!!!
We are a group of volunteers based in Braunston on the Grand Union Canal. We started a year ago, now have over 50 members and have just officially adopted a stretch of the GU from Braunston Tunnel up to...
Wood Lane Bridge to Brace Factory Bridge at Holly Lane
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Curdworth Tunnel North East Portal to Dunton Wharf Bridge
Bridge 73 Waterfields Hampton Lane to M42 Motorway Bridge
Grand Union Canal Birmingham
Curdworth Church Bridge to Curdworth Tunnel South West Portal
Leicester LineNorth portal of Husbands Bosworth Tunnel to Bridge 51
Grand Union Canal South East
From a point 68 metres south of Welton Hythe Marina to Aqueduct 2
Brettell Lane Bridge to Leys Road Bridge
Birmingham Canal Navigations
Bridge 62 Church to Bridge 67 Lapworth Turnover
Lock 3 Calcutt Bottom to Lock 11 Stockton bottom
City Road Basin
Grand Union Canal London
Holyhead Road Bridge to Ryders Green Locks Bridge
Cuckoo Bridge to Salford Junction
Bridge 70 Kings Arms to Bridge 72 Kixley Lane
Hills Bridge, Biddings Lane to Owen Street Bridge
Lock 83 Springwell to Lock 81 Batchworth
Lock 87 Denham to Lock 83 Springwell
Lathams Bridge to Northywood Bridge
Eyre Street Junction Turnover Bridge to Wellington Road to Turnover Bridge at the end of Soho Loop (whole of Soho Loop)
Wyrley & EssingtonGoscote Hall Bridge to Hildicks Bridge offside only
Lock 11 Stockton bottom to Bridge 51 Birmingham Road
Dudley Port Highway Bridge to Kiers Bridge including the Tividale Quays Basin
Leicester LineNorth portal Saddington Tunnel to Bridge 84 Tythorne
Bridge 67 Lapworth Turnover to Bridge 70 Kings Arms
Tring Reservoirs - Startopsend, Marsworth and Wilstone
Thorpe Lea Fishery
Grand Union London
Bridge 64 Castlethorpe Wharf to Bridge 62 Yardley Gobion
Dudley Canal No 2Griffin Bridge (Northfield Road) to Bullfield Bridge (Blackberry Lane)
Wyrley & Essington CanalNew Bentley Bridge (New Cross Avenue) to Deans Road Bridge
Wyrley & EssingtonYorks Bridge to Freeth Bridge
Bridge 89 Golden Hillock Road to Camphill Bottom Lock
Northampton ArmGayton Junction to Lock 17 plus section of River Nene at Cotton End
MARKET HARBOROUGH ARMSign far end of Union Basin to Foxton Locks
Leicester LineBottom of Foxton Locks to southern portal of Saddington Tunnel
Brace Factory Bridge (Holly Lane) to Broad Bulk Bridge
Leicester LineBridge 13 Lodge to Bridge 28 Elkington Road
Leicester LineBridge 84 Tythorne Bridge to Lock 42 North Lock
Wyrley & EssingtonCanal terminus at Chasewater Reservoir to Coopers Bridge
Factory Junction Bridge to Dudley Port Junction (junction with Netherton Branch Canal)
Dudley Canal No 2Saltwells Bridge to Griffin Bridge
Salford Junction to Wood Lane Bridge
Stourbridge CanalBlack Delph Bridge (Delph Road) to Brettell Lane Bridge
Titford CanalTitford Pools to Oldbury Top Lock No. 1
Dudley Canal No 2Gostly Hill Tunnel to Hawne Basin
Dudley Canal No 1Dudley & Lye Waste Bridge to Ninelocks Bridge
Wyrley & EssingtonCannock Extension
Dunton Wharf Bridge to Fazeley Junction
Bridge 72 Kixley Lane to Bridge 73 Waterfield Hampton Lane
M42 Motorway Bridge to Bridge 79, Solihull Gas Footbridge
Bridge 51 Birmingham Road to Bridge 52
Wyrley & EssingtonLittle Bloxwich Bridge to Hollands Bridge
Bridge 126 Cooks to Bridge 102 Stoke Hammond
Wyrley & Essington CanalSneyd Pool
Wyrley & Essington CanalStokes Bridge to Perry Hall Bridge
Bridge 19 Blackpole to Bridge 48 Stoke Pound
Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Bridge 51 Fenstall Lane to Kingsnorton Tunnel (south portal)
Bridge 2 Mill Street to Bridge 19 Blackpole
Leicester LineBridge 51 to Bridge 60 Gumley Road
Weston Turville Reservoir
Bridge 135 Tring to Bridge 126 Cooks
WENDOVER ARMJunction with main line to Tringford Pumping Station
Aylesbury ArmJunction with main line to Red House Lock near Aston Clinton
Bridge 62 Haines (Yardley Gobion) to Bridge 22 Watling Street A5
Lock 21 Cosgrove to Bridge 64 Castlethorpe
Bridge 68 Old Wolverton to Great Ouse Aqueduct
Bridge 102 Stoke Hammond to Bridge 81
Bridge 76 Black Horse to 68 Old Wolverton
River Great Ouse at Cosgrove
Lock 81 to 80
Lock 72 Hunton Bridge to Bridge 135 Tring
Bridge 166 Cassiobury Park to Lock 72 Hunton Bridge
From the railway bridge south of Lot Mead Lock 80 to Bridge 166 Cassiobury ParkRiver Gade adjacent to Lot Mead Lock 80
Sabeys Pool and River Chess from swing bridge to lock
SLOUGH ARMWhole of Arm from junction with main line at Cowley to Slough
Bridge 200 Hayes to Bridge 191 West Drayton
Aylesbury ArmLock 13 Red House near Aston Clinton to Bridge 19 footbridge upstream of Aylesbury Basin
Bridge 86a Yardley Tunnel to Bridge 88b Tysley Waste
From a point 157 metres downstream of Bridge 183b Sandersons Sewer to Lock 87 Denham
Broad Bulk Bridge to Curdworth Church Bridge
Snowhill Old Bridge to Cuckoo Bridge
Napton Junction to Lock 3 Calcutt bottom
Bridge 88b Tysley Waste to Bridge 89 Golden Hillock Road
Bridge 78 Hampton Lane to Bridge 86a Yardley Tunnel
Broad Water Reservoir
Bridge 18 Muscott Mill to Braunston Junction Bridge 93/94
Norton Junction to a point 68 metres south of Welton Hythe Marina
Bridge 36 Downtown to Bridge 38 Sybold Spinney
Junction with Hay Head Feeder to Longwood Bridge Rushall Junction
Walsall Town Arm
Aldersley Junction to Mill Street Bridge
Northywood Bridge to Junction with Hay Head Feeder
Blowers Green Bridge to Saltwells Bridge
Culvert 3, 174 metres north of Welton Haven Marina. to Bridge 13 Lodge
Bridge 28 Elkington Road to Bridge 36 Downtown
Catshill Junction Bridge to Lathams Bridge
Garratts Lane Bridge to Gostly Hill Tunnel
M6 Motorway Bridge to Holyhead Road Bridge
Bromford Junction to Spon Lane Junction
Kiers Bridge to Spon Lane Junction
Owen Street Bridge to Dudley Port Highway Bridge
Spon Lane Junction to Bar Lock Footbridge including Gas Street Basin
Spon Lane Junction to Smethwick Junction
Freeth Bridge to Little Bloxwich Bridge
Birchills Junction Bridge to Rolling Mill Street Bridge
Bridge 191 West Drayton to a point 153 metres upstream of Lock 88 Uxbridge
PADDINGTON ARMBulls Bridge Junction to Bridge 5a Gasworks dock 1
Bridge 70 Kingsnorton to Bridge 78 Raddlebarn Road
Mill Street Bridge to Hills Bridge, Biddings Lane
Tame Valley Junction to Balls Hill Bridge
Dudley Port Junction to Bromford Junction
Netherton BranchDudley Port Junction to Netherton Tunnel
Leys Road Bridge to Wordsley Aqueduct
Fens BranchWordsley Junction to Fens Pools
Stourbridge Town Arm
Deans Road Bridge to Horseley Fields Junction
Perry Hall Bridge to New Bentley Bridge
Hollands Bridge to Stokes Bridge
Coopers Bridge to Yorks Bridge
Balls Hill Bridge to Salford Junction
Maida Vale tunnel to Lock 12 Commercial Road Lock
Road bridge 209 High Street (below Brentford Lock) to Lock 101Thames and from a point 200 metres north of Brentford Lock to Bridge 200 Hayes
WELFORD ARMWhole of arm
Bridge 38 Sybold Spinney to south portal of Husbands Bosworth Tunnel
Bridge 52 Hatton to Bridge 62 Church
Wednesbury Old CanalRyders Green Junction to Pudding Green Junction
Wednesbury Old CanalRidgeacre Branch
Rolling Mill Street Bridge to M6 Motorway Bridge
Bridge 97 Roving, Bordsley Junction to Junction with the Digbeth Branch
Digbeth BranchFazeley Street Bridge to Tunnel 2 Curzon
It's one of the most intricate canal networks in the world. The hub of the BCN is the bustling city centre junction at Gas Street Basin. Here, colourful boats and historic canal architecture sit side-by-side with vibrant modern restaurants, cafes and bars. The basin is in the heart of Birmingham’s cosmopolitan nightlife and shopping districts. The mainlines and city centre canals are busy with boaters, walkers and cyclists.
However, elsewhere on the BCN, you can really get away from it all on winding suburban canals and some surprisingly rural branches. In the northern waters of the BCN, there are some rarely-explored waterways that are truly off the beaten track.
The canals were the life-blood of Victorian Birmingham and the Black Country. At their height, they were so busy that gas lighting was installed beside the locks to permit round-the-clock operation. Boats were built without cabins for maximum carrying capacity, and a near-tidal effect was produced as swarms of narrowboats converged on the Black Country collieries at the same time every day.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for the BCN
Waterways in the West Midlands
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