Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Walking the Waterways (18) : Birmingham & Fazeley

The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal stretches from Fazeley in Tamworth (where it connects to the Coventry Canal) to the centre of Birmingham and the rest of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It was an important link in the canal network in the Midlands giving coal mines and manufacturers in Birmingham and Walsall access to London via the Coventry and Oxford Canals.

Work on the canal began in 1786 after several years of legal wrangling by rival canal schemes and changing of plans. The canal was fully opened in 1790 and was an immediate success, too much of a success in fact as soon there were barge bottlenecks at the lock flights in Aston and Central Birmingham!

The canal passes through a variety of landscape, from the fields of Curdworth and Bodymoor Heath to the urban landscape in Birmingham. The latter winds through the Snow Hill area of the city before terminating near Broad Street but from there the rest of the Birmingham Canal Navigations is your oyster.
Bodymoor Heath

Curdworth

Through the city centre

In central Birmingham

In Erdington, very near to where i live!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Along the canal at Atherstone

Today I visited Atherstone and walked the Coventry Canal there. The light wasn't very good today so the photos could have been better but it's an interesting stretch of waterway up there in North Warwickshire, you can see the canal photos here.

It was my first time to Atherstone, I now have just one Warwickshire railway station left to visit. Though as that is Polesworth which barely has any service I think that will have to be visited in the car sometime in the Summer.





Thursday, 10 January 2019

Crossing the canal

A West Midlands Railway service crosses the Stratford Canal near Whitlock's End.