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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
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Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Wednesbury Old Canal is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) in West Midlands.
We are Roving Traders travelling the inland waterways on our narrow-boat Islonian trading as Flavoursfloat.
It opened in 1769, and, although parts of it were abandoned in 1955 and 1960, the section between Pudding Green Junction and Ryder's Green Junction is navigable, as it provides a link to the Walsall Canal. A short stub beyond Ryder's Green Junction is also navigable.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
From the quaintly named Pudding Green Junction to Swan Bridge the 1.2 miles of Brindley's Wednesbury Old Canal is criss-crossed by bridges and hemmed in by industrialisation. It is met at Ryders Green Junction by the Walsall Canal.
The line once had numerous small wharves and arms serving a combination of foundries, forges, ironworks and brickworks. A Great Western Railway interchange point was located at the start of the Balls Hill Branch near Swan Bridge Junction and a tramway serving Blacklake Colliery crossed the Ridgacre Branch to the west of Blacklake Bridge.
The Wednesbury Old Canal was truncated by construction of the Black Country Spine Road in the early 1990s thereby isolating the Ridgacre Branch that in turn led to an oil works and the long-abandoned Dartmouth, Halford and Jesson Branches.
West Midlands Waterways
Read our plans and all the latest news from our team in the West Midlands.