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

View down Daw End Branch Canal with signpost in foreground Daw End Branch Canal, courtesy of benbbjr, Flickr

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What was once the limestone quarry is now Hayhead Heath Wood Nature Reserve, a leafy haven rich in plant life.

The Daw End Branch Canal is pronounced locally as ‘Doe End’. It links the Rushall Canal to the Wyrley & Essington Canal.

Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.

Read more about the history of the Wryley & Essington Canal