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Cannock Extension Canal

The Cannock Extension Canal is 1.8-mile (2.9 km) long , running from Pelsall Junction on the Wyrley and Essington Canal, north to Norton Canes Docks.

View down Cannock Extension Canal with bridge in distance Cannock Extension Canal, courtesy of Natural England, Flickr

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The extension forms part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.Historically, it ran to Hednesford, and served a number of collieries, which provided the main boat traffic. The canal opened in 1863, and the northern section closed in 1963 as a result of mining subsidence.

You might not believe that the Birmingham Canal Navigations can offer rural cruising - but the Cannock Extension Canal is proof that it can. Situated at the very north of the Birmingham system, the little-used Cannock Extension offers an intriguing short diversion off the Wyrley & Essington.

One of the country's largest populations of the protected Floating Water Plantain can be found in the canal, which has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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Read more about the history of the Wryley & Essington Canal