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 reflections by C. Johnstone Daw End reflections by C. Johnstone
Daw End Canal  
Length 5.4 miles
Locks None
Maximum boat dimensions
Guide only - weather conditions can affect water levels
  • Length
  • Width
  • Draught
  • Headroom
  • 21.34m 70ft
  • 2.13m 7ft
  • 1.22m 4ft
  • 1.98m 6ft 6"

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.

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

Read more about the history of the Wryley & Essington Canal

Daw End Canal map

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