Monday, 12 June 2017

Walking the waterways (11) : Tame Valley Canal

The Tame Valley Canal stretches from Erdington, where it meets the Birmingham & Fazeley and Grand Union Canals, up to Walsall where it meets up with the Walsall Canal. The beginnings (or end depending on your point of view) are rather inauspicious these days being at Salford Junction which is right underneath the Gravelly Hill Interchange (Spaghetti Junction) and the first stretch of canal is under various motorways and slip roads.

The canal then stretches through Witton, Perry, Hamstead and Great Barr. There is a junction with the Rushall Canal but after that its straight through to the Walsall Canal at Tame Valley Junction.

The canal was one of the later canals built, being completed in 1844. It was built to provide an alternative route bypassing Birmingham. Nowadays its not the busiest canal on the network though has a special place for me. When i worked in Perry Barr i started coming to this canal every lunchtime, from this my interest in waterways grew and also my interest in photography. So really everything i do online nowadays can be blamed on the Tame Valley Canal!
Salford Junction toll island

Moor Lane Arm

Bridge near Perry Barr flight

Rushall Junction

Tame Valley Junction